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This effort was written some time during the seventies, when I was about three years old. I found my typewritten original when going through some old papers.



The BBC, it seems to me,

in trying to be leaders;

have lost the head, or been mislead

by ultra-smart news-readers.



When reading out they never shout,

they're always very proper.

But funny sounds of Ulster towns?

It's then they come a cropper.



They say Strabane to rhyme with rain;

of which it has its share.

And Portglenone which gets the sun

near Antrim town so fair.



Poor old Strabane, she's in the van

of IRA onslaught.

And Portglenone where darts are thrown

and nerves get somewhat fraught.



They tell of 'dramer' in faultless grammar

thrice-nightly on TV.

Of Ulster's cares, such as bomb scares,

and shootings in the knee.



They read the news and share the views

of Paisley, Fitt and Hume.

We see a mews, the smould'ring fuse,

then listen to the boom.



But never mind, for sure you'll find

that even though it's chronic.

To hear them say Portballintrae,

'tis better than a tonic.



D Myles circa the mid-seventies.






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