Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Wednesday Poem and the Borough of Barnet Cultural round up - Where is Reg?

Where is Reg?

Has anyone seen Reg?
Is he at the allotment tending his veg?
Is he in the garden trimming the hedge?
He's not in the pub, has he taken the pledge?

Has anyone seen Reg?
He's not been seen at the river edge
Or on the jukebox playing Percy Sledge
He's not paid back the borrowed wedge

I've just heard Reg has moved away
Done a flit with debts to pay
Scarpered to avoid affray
Must be in his DNA

Reg was such a cheeky chap
Larger than life with a tweed flat cap
Ringing motors was his mishap
Who will fill the Reg shaped gap

The pub won't be the same!

Copyright 2019 Roger Tichborne

Have you ever known someone who suddenly disappeared, leaving no trace, only a few rumours of debts and an empty bar stool at the local. I have a confession to make, this poem was based on a chap called Colin, who was a character around Mill Hill in the 1960's. He disappeared one day. A few days later the Police turned up, he'd been involved in a "dodgy motor ringing scheme". The word was that he'd ended up in Canada. To the best of my knowledge he never came back. Sadly there are virtually no words that rhyme with Colin, so I almost gave up. Then I thought about my old mate Paul Hircombe RIP, who had a Jack Russell terrier called Reg. He was always disappearing, into bushes, under hedges etc. So Colin became Reg! I wonder if people still 'scarper' when  they are suspected of ringing motors?

Round up of music, arts and other local cultural events

Jazz in Mill Hill tonight

Live music in Finchley this Sunday with the Trembling Wilburys


Show night at East Barnet School

Something for the Kids this weekend

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Bull Theatre

 Sat 17th December 2016 - Sat 31st December 2016


Please join us on Friday 13th December at 8pm at The Midland Hotel, Hendon, for the Barnet Eye Community awards and annual Xmas party. We are also looking for nominations for our community awards, click here for details. Free admission

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