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Wendy Young wants to help Kensal Rise Library and finds some interesting history about Mark Twain and Nikolai Tesla / 4 October 2013

Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla’s lab

“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.”

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Tesla being the unsung 'father of electricity' and Mark Twain being a good human being they did meet and a picture is attached of MT in NT's lab!......I'm sure I don't have explain what a catastrophe losing local libraries is, unless you are for the Tesco type hyperlibrary we are being offered. 

Kensal Rise was opened by MARK TWAIN and I was inspired to write this poem in honour of him and the libary which served me well as a haven and sancutary when I needed it.  It's shameful to hear successful people who used libraries themselves saying that they're not prepared to 'waste' council tax on libraries because there isn't a need for them now as there's the internet etc. 

It shouldn't be a surprise as this same idiotic woman on a certain commercial London radio station also said she couldn't believe that during the 84-85 miners strike people survived with the help of soup kitchens. I can vouch that they did (being from a mining village in South Yorks) and the fact amazing people from Belgium who sent clothes, food etc would probably shock her too!!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....for some hanging's too good!

Anyway, it seems I have repeated the poem at the end but decided to leave it be as it is a recurring theme.

Ne’er the twain shall meet …with cuts!
Mark Twain
Lain
In his grave
A hundred years
Would turn
To learn
The library he opened
In 1900 when people had nothing
Would be Cut
In the 21st century
By people who know
The price of everything
And the value of nothing!
Not anticipating (or caring) what the ultimate price will be!

Mark Twain
Lain
In his grave
A hundred years
Would turn
To learn
The library he opened
In 1900when people had nothing
Would
be
CUT
In the 21st century
By people who know
The price of everything
And the value of nothing!
Not anticipating (or caring) what the ultimate price will be!