A POEM ABOUT BIRMINGHAM CHINATOWN – ‘SOUTHSIDE JOHNNIES & CHINATOWN JINKS

 Southside Johnnies and Chinatown Jinks

Down ‘Olloway ‘Ed

To Wing Yip’s Pagoda

Leading the Way

To Chinatown’s lovely odour

A tasty meal cooked in a Wok

At Chung Ying Garden

We’re ‘Ready to Rock’!

Ming Moon Buffet

All you can eat

As you stroll down the Sidewalk

To Brummagem’s Beat!

The Fox, The Hip

The Back to Backs

All open their Doors to

Johnnies in Slacks

Southside’s Silver Rhino

Surveys…… all she can see

From the slate grey roofs above

The many Theatre-goers with Glee!

David Bintley’s Royal Ballet

Formerly Sadler’s Wells

Puts on ‘The Nutcracker’

For many well-heeled ‘Swells’

Every Christmas……..

David’s ‘Glittering Show’

Adorns Chinatown

With lots of fake Snow!

The young Bucks from Elmhurst School for Dance

Apprentice lithe ‘Dancers’ preen and prance……..

The Hip’s huge Stage

The Largest in the Land

Welcomes the UK’s biggest Pantomime

And Plays, Musicals and Bands

That Adorn Chinatown

On ‘Golden Pond’

Stir-Fried Noodles

And Chicken Feet

Fed to me by Miss Chan

What a Fantastic Feat!

To attract the Chinese

To assemble MG’s

At Longbridge

Premier Wen Jiao Bao

He came to Brum

In Twenty Eleven to visit the Chinamen

After MG Rover went ‘Belly-up’

In Twenty Oh Six…….

Mike Whitby and Dutton

This ‘Marvellous Man’

‘Mister #Birmingham Development’

SUCH a sad loss…….

As Clive Dutton reported to Mike Whitby: ‘The Boss’

They Launched Brum’s ‘Big City Plan’…..

In Shanghai…..near ‘The Bund’

Hoping to attract Chinese Yuan

To invest in England

To build MG’s in our land……once again!

To save the jobs of many a Brummie man

In October Twenty Fifteen……

Another Chinese Premier came……

Li Xing Ping was his name…….

This Time Georgie Osborne took ‘im oooooop North……

No visit to Longbridge……

This Time for ‘The Man’……

For Brum…..that wasn’t quite in ‘The Big City Plan’……..

I recall in Twenty Ten on Adrian Goldberg’s Radio WM Show…….

Talking with Paul Kehoe of BHX ‘Fame’ about……..

Birmingham’s ‘Twin City’ of Guangzhou……..

About ‘Marketing Birmingham’ to the Chinese……

Using ‘Dear Old Bill Shakespeare’ whom the Chinese love……

As they fly high into Brummagem

High ‘Up Above’…….

Using ‘Whitby’s new runway’…….

To come to the region……

The Chinese Love William Shakespeare…….

His Chinese fans are sooooo ‘Legion’……..

This @BrummieBard……..

“The Greatest West Midlander”………

Has the ‘Power to Attract’…….

More Investment to ‘Brummagem’!

Paul Kehoe poo-pooed mine and Ducker’s idea……

But in Twenty Fourteen

It became CLEAR…….

A ‘No-Brainer’ for ‘BILL’ to Market Birmingham to the Chinese…….

More Money for Brum!!!!!!

DONE IT!…….With Ease…….

NI HAO from this Brummie…….

XIE…..XIE…..on our Lips

Welcomes Chinese to our supermarkets……..Wonderful WING YIPS!

This ‘Man of Fujian’

Came to Brum in The Fifties……

Made it His Home……..

Brum’s Chinese sooooo ‘Thrifty’……..

So it is ‘ZAIJIAN’ from me……..The New @BrummieBard…..

HEY……!!!!!!!…. Paul Kehoe…..IT wasn’t SOOOO hard…….

To Market ‘Dear Birmingham’……..

To The Chinese………

Using ‘Bill Shakespeare’……..

WHAT A MAN from these Shires…..!!!!!!!

The World’s GREATEST Playwright……..

A “MAN FOR ALL SEASONS”………

OUR “BIGGEST ATTRACTION”……

FOR SOOOOO MANY REASONS…..

As “Bill’s” Plays are about…….

Our Common Humanity……..

MACBETH’s ‘Vain Death’…….

And LEAR’s ‘Huge Vanity’……..

THE PLAYERS Do ‘Strut the World’s Stage’…….

In Stratford Town……….

Just Twenty – Five Miles……..

From CHINATOWN……….!!!!!!!!!

Keith Bracey @BrummieBard #Shakespearean Sinophile

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