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Friday, 15 September 2017

SEARCHER (AFTER SPENDING TIME IN BELFAST CENTRAL LIBRARY'S NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE)

Sign in, fill in the request slip
And soon a man appears with a bound book
Of newspapers from the 1960s,
A time, as you browse the pages,
When housewives dreamed of washing machines
And vacuum cleaners as their Christmas presents
From lovingly generous, pipe smoking husbands,
When cigarettes were cool, chic and romantic
And milk was a lifestyle drink.
A time, in the petty sessions columns,
When fines were issued for playing cards
In the street, for losing control of pigs
On a public highway, for brawling,
For swearing at a clergyman,
And for shooting a duck on a Sunday.



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