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The timeless days which are now lost.

REGULAR readers will know that I'm fond of quoting great poetry and songs in these pages.

Well, this week reader and environmentalist Keith Stockdale sent me a poem of his own composition.

Unfortunately, there is not space here to share it with you today.

But it harks back to the halcyon days of Barry Island, a flavour of which I've tried to capture today.

Keith, who lived in Gabalfa in the 1960s, writes: "In our street, people caught charabancs from Sunday School and chapel, to Porthcawl or Barry Island, had street parties, open doors and times were timeless for us."

Timeless indeed.

It was a long time into my shambolic career of love and romance before I realised the truth of what Joni Mitchell said when she wrote in Woman of Heart and Mind: "You know the times you impress me most/Are the times when you don't try/When you don't even try."

But more of that next week...
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 5, 2009
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