Friday, 3 October 2014

There Was A Young Man Called Brunel…

More poetry! Here's Brunel expert Robert…

Excellent! Here are two Brunel poems…


Isambard Kingdom dug down
to Wapping from Rotherhithe town
he tunnelled the Thames
and this unearthly gem’s
a jewel in Isambard’s crown.
(Although he’s actually better known for his hat).

John Hegley


Brunel Road in Rotherhithe is often pronounced Brunnel,
as if to bond it closer to the men who built the tunnel.
Perhaps when they say tunnel then, they ought to say too-nell,
as if to bond it closer to the family Brunel?

Alan Gilbey


Robert is allowed to drive sheep across London Bridge. An Oxford graduate, he's an actor, museum director, author and holder of the Freedom. Let alone the first person since Brunel to organise an underwater fair. He's got the keys.


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