Amazingly Awful Victorian Poetry!

I’ve just discovered a brilliant website devoted to William Topaz McGonagall, a nineteenth-century Scotsman, widely hailed as the worst poet in the English language. All his poems are mind-bogglingly terrible.  His best-known poem is ‘The Tay Bridge Disaster’. It starts:

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

and it only gets worse after that!  The site has all McGonagall’s dreadful poems and is packed with interesting information as well. Visit if you want a good laugh.

The memorial to heroic self-sacrifice

Squashed into a corner of postman’s park in the city of London is the rather forlorn ‘memorial to heroic self-sacrifice’. It consists of a wall of ceramic tiles, each one commemorating someone who gave their life to save others, hiding under a little roof like an upmarket bus shelter.

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Memorial in commemoration of heroic self sacrifice

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