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Six of us bus to Rye. Climb
the country lanes, engine juddering
as if the string might snap. Then down
to the cobbled town, into the cinema,
a scramble to watch Dr No and gawp
at Ursula Andress in white bikini,
our eyes bursting at her curves as she comes
towards our front row seats
out of the Caribbean. We laugh
into the six o’clock night, queue
for newspapered chips – what
is a Martini shaken not stirred?
Does Sir drink them, maybe?
Matron wouldn’t, no Matron wouldn’t.
What about when Bond bites
the poison from her foot?
That must have hurt. And always
the image of Ursula Undress
as we now call her. Oh,
how we’ll boast to the others,
and sealed in our heads forever
and for me an embedded
love of chip shops.