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His Master's Voice

Our neighbors we beat to be first in the street
to have an antennae erected.
High on our roof stood proudly the proof
of a brand new TV, they suspected.

‘Twas an HMV with movies to see
on twenty one inches of screen.
My family was glued to this new fangled tube
And the neighbors’ envy was green.

In shillings and pounds, it cost around
200 guineas, in fact..
20 week’s wages, that seemed like ages
and money was something we lacked.

Our neighbor that day bought a brand new FJ
A thousand quid’s worth of car
But His Master’s Voice remained our choice
And outshone the Holden by far.

I was just a boy when we got our new toy
in nineteen fifty six.
12 years old, couldn’t be told
A kid up to his usual tricks.

Marshall Matt Dillon tracked down the villain
in one of my favs, Gunsmoke.
Hugh O’Brian, another hero of mine
played that Wyatt Earp bloke.

Dennis Weaver, Leave it to Beaver
So many names to recall.
But I’d even sit ‘n’ watch the pattern
That tested the reception and all.

Lucille Ball, I remember them all
People like Dick Van Dyke
Jackie Gleason ran many a season
Bonanza, Cheyenne and the like.

Each day after five, my dad would arrive
And on would go the TV.
We ate our supper washed down with a cuppa
In front of the HMV.

It was ’64 when the singing fab four
landed at Kingsford Smith.
We watched it live, as the Beatles arrived
And reality overtook myth.

A few years later it was even greater
One small step for a man…
Apollo Eleven had conquered the heavens
As Galileo had planned.

Through laughter and tears, for 21 years
We watched that old TV
Plain black and white, but that was alright
What a priceless memory.

You can see me reading my own poetry (if you’re silly enough) on my Youtube channel

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Fond memories of the ’50s.

I’m a hobby photographer. In fact, I’m not sure Red Bubble should refer to me as an “artist”. But I do like to take photos that are above average, and certainly appreciate learning from my fellow Bubbleonian’s efforts as well as their comments. I use a second hand Sony Cybershot F717 (recently replaced by a new Nikon D3100) and a Fuji Finepix S7000. Photography allows me to keep souvenirs of my experiences. Today’s deeds become tomorrow’s memories.

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  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 5 years ago

    fabulous remember the old building at Homebush and this made me think of Graham Kenedy ..

  • Oh yes, Gra Gra and Bert. All wonderful stuff. If I’d written a poem about it all, it’d be a mile long. Thanks Bev.

    – Gary Kelly

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimorealmost 5 years ago

    Lots of nice imagery in this poem Gary. I was hoping for a reference to Dr Who too :)

  • William! How could you? Dr Who? Oh dear….

    – Gary Kelly

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonalmost 5 years ago
    Brings back memories Gary, a great piece of work mate. I remeber when it first came out and we would take our chair down and sit outside the electrical shop. Those old shows were great too. All you get now is reality , crime and hospital shows and sooner or later they all have the same plot.
  • Yes, Terry… before we got the HMV I had the job of getting the fish ‘n’ chips on Fridays up the road. Next door to the fish ‘n’ chip shop was the electrical store with TVs going in the front window, and a loudspeaker out front. And I’d stand there watching the shows. By the time I got home, the fish ‘n’ chips were cold hehe. Maybe that’s why my dad decided to get the HMV.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnalmost 5 years ago

    truly excellent Gaz
    we’ll forgive those you missed
    but the king
    the madness he and Bert got up to
    M I C K E Y M O U S E
    Mickey Mouse
    ya sing that bit
    and thanks for the memories

  • No worries, mate… and don’t forget the pills.

    – Gary Kelly

  • worldtripper
    worldtripperalmost 5 years ago

    Well in German I would say : “hut ab”, my friend! That means in not so many words " I really loved reading this and admire your skills"…Really well done, Gary! And it brought back many memories of a simple childhood here too! Gunsmoke on a a black and white, that was really a big deal! We had ours until 1974! Cheers, well done mate! marita

  • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Marita. I know you’re a busy girl with all your RB fans and puddy tats, so it’s much appreciated. Today I spotted a comment of yours all written in German, and I said I agreed with every word you said hehehe. I hope you didn’t say anything naughty!

    – Gary Kelly

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