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This is the complete set of entries to the Mill Road Limerick contest in December 2013.


Winning entry by Jimmy and Patsy Altham of St. Barnabas Road

Other places may suffer adversity

And conflict through human perversity

But instead of strife

In Mill Road the life

Is full of contented diversity.


More by the team of Altham & Altham

When you order a dinner from Prana

Include a fine side dish of chana.

It is well understood

That the food is so good

As to give you a taste of nirvana.


If you're looking for Cambridge's node

Where peoples together have flowed,

Where great trades are done

With good will and fun,

Look no more! Just come to Mill Road!


To a man of adventurous feeling

A Jal mirchi looked very appealing.

He liked it a lot

But found it so hot

That he had to be scraped off the ceiling.


Let Heston research in his lab

Let gourmets enjoy their dressed crab.

When I need to eat

It's enough of a treat

To feast on a Mill Road kebab.


A veggie who shopped at Arjuna

Who as usual was eating a spoon o'

Bean stew for his lunch,

Said 'I do have a hunch

That I WOULD quite enjoy a lamb bhuna'.


The outlook this evening's auspicious

As an Indian dinner's delicious.

Lamb Balti will do

For me and for you

And we don't have to wash up the dishes.


By Jon Cockley

There was a young lady called Lorna,

Who wanted a winter warmer,

To Prana she went,

Her money she spent,

On a delicious chicken korma.



By David Ganz, Covent Garden

There was a young maid of Mill Road

And off to her shopping she strode,

And then there was no stopping

That happy maid's shopping.

That contented young maid of Mill Road.


There was a young girl on Mill Road

Who walked out with a frog and a toad

They each jumped in the air

During our Winter Fair

For they all were in jocular mode.


A maiden there was, on Mill Road,

And she knew all of her Highway Code

She did not ride her bike

On the pavement. I like

Girls like her, but I don't know a load.


I am happy to shop on Mill Road,

Even when the wind blows, and it blowed

Across all of the air

During every street fair

The wind whistled and then tornadoed.


Mill Road, O mill Road, O Mill Road,

We planted the seed, and it growed,

And I'm happy to say

Small business Saturday

Is fantastic (though one day it snowed.)


Mill Road, or the Road of the Mill

Has each sort of each shop that you will

So let nobody dare

To say 'Coffee and hair

Are the only stores folk want to fill.'


Mill, wonderful wonderful Road

I would walk down you covered in woad.

And because I love you

I would not feel blue.

For Mill Road it is great, as I've showed.


And lastly, to underline our neighborhood's international appeal, Mr Ganz added:

Mill Road, ou la rue du Moulin

Est connu pour le peu de chagrin

Que les commercants

Provoquent chez les passants

Et ce qu'ils y vendent est très fin.

Romsey Action Summer 2013 Photo Contest

Winner Keith Jordan

Runner-up Cherry Heywood Jones

Mill Road Fauna May 2013

A neighbour of mine, who enjoys Mill Road cafe life, recently told me that one particular cafe was her favourite as it attracted interesting fauna. I think by fauna she meant witty homo sapiens in a vast array of shapes, sizes, ages and styles, ...but maybe not.

I often hear thrush song in my back garden, despite living on the town end of Mill Road itself. A standard sound in the 1950s and 1960s it is now, for so many people, only to be heard as an audio backdrop to village scenes in Midsummer Murders. A peaceful summery noise, which belongs to the countryside not to the town.

Blackbirds’ calls can also be heard on the Road — blackbirds are very bold so the fact that they nest in the ivy on my garden wall just 2 metres from my kitchen door is no surprise. The males often hop into our kitchen to look for nesting materials in the compostable waste. The less adventure—some females are sadly more vulnerable, my cat slaughtered one in the drawing room awhile back and I saw a buzzard despatch another in Emery Street last summer. Despite these tragedies blackbirds look as if they will survive in Mill Road.

Robins, sparrows, butterflies and blue tits are also doing well here and there are tell-a-tale signs of foxes, possibly stoats and bats.

Emery Street is well known for its swallows. They love the street, swooping and diving on summer evenings but never venturing

as far afield as Perowne Street, Mill Road or Mackenzie. Why should this be? Emery Street is straddled by telegraph wires, the surrounding streets are not, could these wires provide a favourable environment for the swallows’ food supply?

House martins have not been so lucky. A pair used to nest in the eves to the front of our house until our painter and decorator proudly pulled their nest apart. He told me that he had not find the birds’ nest which I had warned him against disturbing but he had removed the strange sticks, mud and leaves which were stuck up in the roof. “How did all that mess get up there?” he asked. “Never mind”, he continued, “I took it down and it is much tidier now”. The house martins have never returned but I do hope they, or their descendants, have established themselves somewhere in Mill Road where they will be safe from unsympathetic painters and decorators.

As more and more storerooms above Mill Road shops are converted into flats, attracting more residents to the Road, it is heartening to see that fauna, of both the homo sapien and the non homo sapien varieties continue to thrive together rather than compete.

And it is not just fauna that thrive. The Road’s new first-floor dwellers are able to enjoy flora directly outside their windows as the baskets which hang from lampposts in summer provide a botanical lift. They are very much appreciated.

– Charlotte de Blois, Mill Road

Mike Pitman: Further to the observations mentioned (robins, sparrows, blackbirds, song and mistle thrushes, buzzards, blue tits, swallows and house martins) we can add dunnocks, wrens, great tits, pigeons, collared doves, crows and chaffinches to the common bird list. Also seen on a less usual basis are long-tailed tits, blackcaps, fieldfare, redwings, goldfinches, greenfinches, grey wagtails, starlings, various gulls, waddling mallards and sparrow hawk. Rarely, this spring, a flock of waxwings was observed on a bush at the Collier Road- Mackenzie Road junction. I'm sure the list can be expanded.

Foxes are occasionally seen. No red but grey; has anybody seen the black squirrels recently?


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