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The Moon Marble company in Kansas City / 28 December 2012

photo of rows of glass jars full of glass marbles with exotic names

photo of rows of glass jars full of glass marbles with exotic names such as Polar Bear, Porcupine, Crystal Amber

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The sun was hitting eighty in Kansas City and we had just refreshed our water bottles in the local supermarket.

I was touring the States to launch my latest collection published by Penniless Press, 'Listening to the Dark.'

After reading my poem about reaching the dizzy heights of local marble champion in my home town of Bolton when I was a youngster, Professor Fred Whitehead could resist giving me a guided tour around The Moon Marble Company, 600 East Front Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

It is one  of the biggest marble companies in the States. I met the Wicked Witch, Dorothy and The Tin Man within its walls. More than meeting the characters from The Wizard Of Oz I had walked into my lifelong dream: a marble factory.

Wonderful. Could  life get better than this!

This was day eight of a tour lasting almost four weeks.