• Photo: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

    Red Bay near Cushendall in Co Antrim. Photo: Paul Faith/PA Wire

    Fog on the Kavesmire Racecourse, York. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

  • November
    01.11.2011 08:54


    No sun--no moon!
    No morn--no noon!
    No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
    No sky--no earthly view--
    No distance looking blue--

    No road--no street--
    No "t'other side the way"--
    No end to any Row--
    No indications where the Crescents go--

    No top to any steeple--
    No recognitions of familiar people--
    No courtesies for showing 'em--
    No knowing 'em!

    No mail--no post--
    No news from any foreign coast--
    No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
    No company--no nobility--

    No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
    No comfortable feel in any member--
    No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
    No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

    Thomas Hood (1799-1845)