Document 254


Author(s): Anna Blair

Copyright holder(s): Anna Blair


I like...
Conversation Lozengers
And Macaroni Bars
Dolly Mixtures, Pomfret Cakes
And Strippit Balls in jars,

Satinettes and Lemon Straws
Soor Plooms and Toffee Strips
Aromatics, Floral Gums
And curvey Cherry Lips,

Whipped Cream Bonbons, Chewing Nuts
And Ogo-Pogo Eyes
Sook them slow and watch them change
Through seven different dyes,

Liqu'rice Root and Jelly Beans
And oblong green Lime Tabs
Gritty Swizzles, Acid Drops
And frothy Sherbet Dabs,

Butter Nuts and Wilko Mints
Mixed Brambles, Soda Lunch
Candy Puff and Raglan Balls
And Peanut Brittle Crunch,

Lucky Totties, Lem'nade Rock
Sweetie Cigarettes
Twirled and sooked and sharpened up
To points like minarets.

Buttermilk-Dainty, Squirrel Gums
Rosebud and Giant Lolly...
But best to me of all the rest
Cheuch Jeans and Sugarollie

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Text audience

General public
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1998
Word count 126

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Author details

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


Language Speak Read Write Understand Circumstances
English Yes Yes Yes Yes
French Yes Yes Yes Yes Visits to France, correspondence
Scots Yes Yes Yes Yes