29th February Birthdays!


A friend of mine has a birthday today and while out and about I met someone else who had her birthday today as well. As it only comes around every four years, I couldn’t resist the opportunity…

My friend Max has turned fourteen,
The oldest teenager I’ve ever seen.
He’s the junior in his family you see,
His youngest daughter, she’s already twenty-three.
I wished him Happy Birthday on his special day,
The next time I can say that is four years away!

I met a girl on her morning walk,
With her mother and dog, we stopped to talk.
Her mother said, “it’s her birthday today”
Looked far older than six, I might say.
She’s left uni, she can drive,
Can drink in pubs, not Coke outside.
Has she missed out? Have no fear,
They only hold Olympics in her birthday year!

copyright Baldock Bard 2012



The Early Days – Boot Sale Archive 1


In 1997, the Baldock Bard (known then simply as ‘Stan’) wrote the first four verses for the Baldock Car Boot Sale adverts.

Based on nursery rhymes they immediately gained recognition throughout nowhere and nobody commented on their humour, originality or content. The world turned, blissfully unaware that a revolution was happening that would leave nations untouched for many years to come.

Mary had a clear-out
Couldn’t believe her eyes
Took a stall at our boot sale
Now her house seems twice the size!

Little Bo-Peep
Couldn’t get to sleep
Because of her telephone bill
She took up a pitch
That made her quite rich
Now her bills don’t make her so ill!

There was an old lady that lived in a shoe
Had so many children she didn’t know what to do
She took a pitch at our car boot
Couldn’t sell the children but made some loot!

Jack and Jill went down the hill
To sell at our car boot
Jill bought a gown for half a crown
And Jack bought a second-hand suit!