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Old 31st May 2003, 10:38
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I was born outside Edinburgh and brought up in Fife
My fathers a miner its a dangerous life
No brothers three sisters and kept very healthy
In the dark Adams Terrace in a wee place called Kelty
I will tell you a bit about all my life
From miner to soldier, farming and rail
From labouring with Wimpey on the Inverness trail
Ive had ups and downs and struggles and strife
A family of my own and a beautiful wife
When you lived down the Terrace with its dirt and its grime
A bit bread and butter was shared most of the time
Your doorway was open. and a seat by your grate
Your key was on a string, no locks on your gate
Men talked of their pigeons and the Union was a must
My father would be coughing ,with the dirty black dust
With sweat in his eyes, or maybe just was tears
You would always hear him talking of the past fifty years
So where er you may be in your journey through life
Just think of a Son of a miner in Fife

Jonn Bearcat-Redmond (MelodeonMan)
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Old 29th December 2004, 14:04
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I was born outside Edinburgh and brought up in Fife
My fathers a miner its a dangerous life
No brothers three sisters and kept very healthy
In the dark Adams Terrace in a wee place called Kelty
I will tell you a bit about all my life
From miner to soldier, farming and rail
From labouring with Wimpey on the Inverness trail
Ive had ups and downs and struggles and strife
A family of my own and a beautiful wife
When you lived down the Terrace with its dirt and its grime
A bit bread and butter was shared most of the time
Your doorway was open. and a seat by your grate
Your key was on a string, no locks on your gate
Men talked of their pigeons and the Union was a must
My father would be coughing ,with the dirty black dust
With sweat in his eyes, or maybe just was tears
You would always hear him talking of the past fifty years
So where er you may be in your journey through life
Just think of a Son of a miner in Fife

Jonn Bearcat-Redmond (MelodeonMan)
I think your poem is just lovely
just came accross this site today,and your poem caught my eye
My grandfather was a miner who lived in Adams terrace
Archibald cook his name was,and you never know you might have heard his name
anyway im trying to find his son, i remember as a child my granfather always had a housefull that would have been early 1980,not sure when they changed the street name from adams terrace to karen avenue,still gotta find that out
im also searching for any old pics of miners from kelty
just a shame i dont know what mine he worked at,thats what ive still gotta find out
kelty has got so big over the yrs hardly recognised it when i went up to have a look round in summer
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Old 28th February 2005, 21:25
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Hi Melodeon man
I just read your Son of a Scottish Miner last night.
It was only an hour after I had passed a place in Michigan called La Plaisanse.I told my wife there was a place in Kelty called the Pleasance, was down the Black Road near the TERRACE.for a while I could not mind the the first part although I got Greivesland in my mind for a while.After I got the computer warmed up and got rid of all the spam and settled down,there it was, Adams Terrace.
I was born and brought up in Oakfield
at the opposite end of kelty and went to school with a lot of people from The Terrace and played there often.
Your poetry is heart warming and nostalgic, you could have been writing of my childhood in the poem about your Kelty Childhood.
Thank you very much for the memories
Dick Gray
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Old 13th March 2005, 05:32
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Kelty man

Aye a ken Harry Butler wis ait thi skale wi him ken im fine,ken awbiddy a hae a guid memori evin tho a hae goot aulder(Kelty twang) ir ye frae Kelty yersel Mike,Harry ain me went tae Oakfield skale, a hae staid in the Terris tae ain ma uncle staid in Grievesland Terrace ait thi back o thi plots aye thay wir thi daes,Keltys changed a lot noo wis thair last yeer fer a visit broke ma hert tae see aw thi noo hooses,, whin a left thi skale ain went tae work doon thi Lindsay pit a staid ait thi coalboard hooses ait Rose street on thi wi up tae thi private mine
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in ref tae thi lass thair wis lots o Archie Cooks a kent ait least 3 maesel,oni time ye want tae talk aboot Kelty ain memoris contact me ait Johnbearcat@Hotmail.com

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Old 27th March 2005, 16:27
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The Famous Tay Whale

'TWAS in the month of December, and in the year 1883,
That a monster whale came to Dundee,
Resolved for a few days to sport and play,
And devour the small fishes in the silvery Tay.

So the monster whale did sport and play
Among the innocent little fishes in the beautiful Tay,
Until he was seen by some men one day,
And they resolved to catch him without delay.

And they laughed and grinned just like wild baboons,
While they fired at him their sharp harpoons:
But when struck with,the harpoons he dived below,
Which filled his pursuers' hearts with woe.

Because they guessed they had lost a prize,
Which caused the tears to well up in their eyes;
And in that their anticipations were only right,
Because he sped on to Stonehaven with all his might:

Then hurrah! for the mighty monster whale,
Which has got 17 feet 4 inches from tip to tip of a tail!
Which can be seen for a sixpence or a shilling,
That is to say, if the people all are willing.
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Old 20th July 2015, 09:07
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Red fraser rip..

First of all ,,Red fraser was my son he died in 2008 in Kansas,i am on facebook I am the poet JOCK STEWART REDMOND,, MY WRITERS NAME IS JOHN REDMOND, SOMETIMES ADD MY CHEROKEE NAME BEARCAT..

NOW ADAMS TERRACE WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1950s IN KELTY,I LEFT KELTY IN 1982 MY HOUSE WAS IN A FIRE IN 1980 MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER KILLED IN IT,
I HAVE WRITTEN LOTS OF POETRY ONLINE. FOR POETRY LOVERS,I PLAY BAGPIPES AMONGST OTHER INSTRUMENTS,

THE PLEASANCE I REMEMBER BUT CANT REMEMBER WHERE IT IS AGAIN,IS THAT THE STREET NEAR COCKLAW STREET OR DOON THE BLACKROAD.
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Old 20th July 2015, 09:12
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hi melodeon man
i just read your son of a scottish miner last night.
It was only an hour after i had passed a place in michigan called la plaisanse.i told my wife there was a place in kelty called the pleasance, was down the black road near the terrace.for a while i could not mind the the first part although i got greivesland in my mind for a while.after i got the computer warmed up and got rid of all the spam and settled down,there it was, adams terrace.
I was born and brought up in oakfield
at the opposite end of kelty and went to school with a lot of people from the terrace and played there often.
Your poetry is heart warming and nostalgic, you could have been writing of my childhood in the poem about your kelty childhood.
Thank you very much for the memories
dick gray
i remember a dick gray did ye no hae a brother my auntie stayed in grievesland terrace sarah millar married on davie had two sons shug ande eck. I lived near oakfield at flower road miners hooses.
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