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THE TAMARISK WALTZ

These Tamarisk trees are the front garden of a nearby house on East Beach Road. It is separated from the house by a gravel private road. The composer Eric Coates and his wife Phyllis Black lived for some years in several houses in Selsey. They were passionate ballroom dancers and loved to go to London Ballrooms sometimes imagining themselves as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! One day they walked past the Tamarisks on East Beach Road just after they had been pollarded and they thought the trees looked as if they were dancing. Coates was inspired to write the orchestral piece ‘By the Tamarisks’ (many versions which can be found on YouTube).

 

FOX TROT

The view from my window I see every day. In 2013 my neighbour planted a late flowering Tamarisk bush. In his front garden - normally the pink flowers have gone by August/September. One day a man from the Council came and installed the Dog Shit bin in the middle of the Tamarisk bush in a Private unmade road At the same time the Council installed on the other side of the ramp a ‘ letterbox ‘ garbage bin, the opening of which is too small for most rubbish. Consequently in these summer months, the plastic bags pile up... but... at night... the rats come and tear the bags open, which pleases the foxes who eat the rats, which pleases the birds who eat what is left over, and the wind then blows the remains into our gardens... and each day we come and clear it up...

 

THE PARLEY-AMENT OF ARTY-CHOKES VERSUS THE RED HOT POKERS...

 (or a view of my garden from my studio)

The Red Hot Pokers represent the free-lance theatre artists who are petitioning the government for help in these difficult times. The Arty-Chokes, protected by a fence and a thick hedge represent those that appear to be vaguely listening... but there is a large gap between them...

 

THE TAMARISK WALTZ

FOX TROT

THE PARLEY-AMENT OF ARTY-CHOKES VERSUS THE RED HOT POKERS...

Created August /September 2020