February 8, 2009


I measured the prospects of cities by seeing which First Division teams in the 1970s were no longer so. Southampton swapped places with neighbour Portsmouth. Containers, cruises and cars and a new shopping centre. Possibly Debenhams HQ. The main street called Above Bar. And Benny Hill, who was born here.
The Cunard liners are see going blocks of flats anchored along one long quay. The city is there to be seen from a passing train on to Totton and The New Forest. A dull city, and not just because of German bombs. Cars, Containers and Cruises, then.


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