A Shropshire Lad


Alfred Edward Housman, A Shropshire Lad. 1887

“To skies that knit their heartstrings right,
To fields that bred them brave,
The saviours come not home to-night:
Themselves they could not save.

It dawns in Asia, tombstones show
And Shropshire names are read;
And the Nile spills his overflow
Beside the Severn’s dead.

We pledge in peace by farm and town
The Queen they served in war,
And fire the beacons up and down
The land they perished for.

“God save the Queen” we living sing,
From height to height ’tis heard;
And with the rest your voices ring,
Lads of the Fifty-third.

Oh, God will save her, fear you not:
Be you the men you’ve been,
Get you the sons your fathers got,
And God will save the Queen.”

Don Croners World Wide Wanders Part 2: China | Inner Mongolia | Shangdu | Xanadu


Xanadu by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery. “

Xanadu, also called Zanadu, Shangdu or Shang-tu (Chinese: 上都; Hanyu Pinyin: Sh


“Mankind has one basic instinct”, proclaims the man seated in front of me. “To upgrade.”

“In this book, I will show you how a sickly, weak child defied the odds and rose up to become a self-made millionaire.
A genius, a fighter, a businessman.

John Lumic can be summed up in four words –

A man of steel.

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London 2012 logo designed and presented to you by the ‘not terribly good club’ of Great Britain.

Special prize to those of you who can spot the ‘SS’ motif.

Also, London starts with a capital ‘L’ you morons.

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Picture taken in Second Life using the Windlight “Pirate” setting – The view is of the Hobo Info Hub in Calleta.