LONDON 1996

August, London’s leaden skies

Threaten Tuesday’s enterprise.

Merchant bankers, Hugh Grant haired

Who look, all look, quite Eaton Squared

With Brolly, TIMES, attache cased,

Receding chins and pasty faced.

Dubai sheiks in English suits

Go about their day’s pursuits.

Bentley chauffeurs cool their heels

While owners wrap up major deals.

Purdahed girls from Middle East

Hearing Sterling has increased

Head for Harrods shopping blitz

Pause for tea at Browns or Ritz.

(What need for shoes of Bally brand

For camel riding in the sand?)

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