Document 247


Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


There's nothing odder'n
Things that's modern
Becoming old-hat.
Just like that.
Cookin' now
Look at how
It's changed
Youda thought a fire
A' you'd require
To baste a roast
Or make your toast.
But when I was wee
You had a swee,
A swingin' hook
To help you cook,
To hang a broth
Or dumplin' cloth
And we'd a plate
Hinge'd to the grate
To simmer a pot
Keep it hot.
The next big change
A cast-iron range
Edges to buff
Wi' emery stuff,
Ovens and rings
Ribs and things
A' to black-lead.
And so instead
Got a gas stove
Treasure trove!
Easy and clean
Peak o' hygiene.
Th' electric too
Came in new
For a boil or a brew.
Fry-up or stew.
Now the latest
May be the greatest
Sitting apart
Ever so smart
Ovens and hobs
Wi' digital knobs.
But magic or no'
I could forego
Timers and swingers
Pilots and pingers
To sit at the coals
Warming my soles.
In spite of the work
That you couldnae shirk
The soot and the smut
A fire was nice but.

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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 194

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Author id 127
Forenames Anna
Surname Blair
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 17
Upbringing/religious beliefs Protestantism
Occupation Teacher/author
Place of birth Giffnock
Region of birth Glasgow
Birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Glasgow
Region of residence Glasgow
Residence CSD dialect area Gsw
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Business
Father's place of birth Glasgow
Father's region of birth Glasgow
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Business
Mother's place of birth Glasgow
Mother's region of birth Glasgow
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Gsw
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
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