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    But with a name like "slough," the town was destined to be a loser. Who came up with that name?! First thing: they've got to change that name.

    Steve M

    "Each of the six gurus gave their recipes for how to be happy. The odd thing was that almost every one of them corresponded to something which is central to traditional orthodox Jewish religious practice."

    Judy, is there any chance that you could expand on this when you get time? I haven't watched the programme and have probably thrown away the relevant copy of Radio Times but I'd be very interested.

    A student went to the Zen Master and asked him what happiness is. The Master replied: "Grandfather dies, father dies, then son dies."


    Joanne-- Slough will never change its name. We don't do things like that in England, land of names like Nether Wallop and Much Hadham.

    Steve-- I am indeed going to expand on the programme. My post was getting so long I decided to break it up into a series. So watch this space...


    Rather unfair on Betjeman who started out a Modernist in architecture, nor is the poem entirely about architecture but about manners and modes.

    Betjeman may have been public school but he was not a snob. He has limitations as a poet of course (who hasn't?) but the reason he was much loved was that he showed more affection for so called 'ordinary' people than most writers ever do.

    I suspect what he wanted was based on a romantic idea of humane and humanising architecture, something more supple and organic than estates can often be. He might have been wrong in his tastes but it wasn't for lack of warmth. It was a place fit for 'humans' he wanted and his ideas on what constituted being 'human' were far from public school snobbish.

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