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Slough: Homage to a Poet Laureate Mystery Cache

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Hidden : 11/14/2006
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Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs, and blow to smithereens
Those air-conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half-a-crown
For twenty years,

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears,

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sports and makes of cars
In various bogus Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.
Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was a poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack".
He was born to a middle class family in Edwardian London of Germanic background. He lived here in Uffington with his first wife, Penelope Chetwode, the daughter of a field marshal in the British Army, Lord Chetwode. However during this period he was British press attaché in Dublin and may have been involved with intelligence gathering and is reported to have been selected for assassination by the IRA until they decided that a published poet was unlikely to be involved in such work.
Although he failed his degree at Oxford University his early ability in writing poetry and interest in architecture would support him throughout his life. He wrote poetry throughout his life; starting his career as a lowly journalist he ended it as a much loved figure on British television.
He was knighted in 1969 and became Poet Laureate in 1972.

The above coordinates are for the recommended parking place nearby to St Peter's.
Now the hard bit:-
Betjeman wrote a poem about suicide on Junction Road, but how many were on the up line? answer A
On the two large butresses at the west, gabled end, how many knapped flint oblongs are there in each lift of the buttress? (Each buttress has 3 lifts). Answer B
Now place these numbers in the coords to find the cache N51 31.(A-4)81  W000 38.0(B-4)7

This cache is twinned with Trebetherick: Homage to a Poet Laureate ..and Uffington: Homage to a Poet Laureate .

To claim a further bonus cache, (Oxford: Homage to a Poet Laureate)(yet to be published) you will require the answer to the following question;
In the grounds of the church there is a small modern water feature, how many fish are there in it? Answer Z?

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