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Poem introduction

I was born and brought up in Burton-on-Trent, a brewing town in the English Midlands. It's the hardness of the water, its particular mix of dissolved minerals, that makes it suitable for brewing beer. This poem makes use of a couple of Burton expressions, the traditional greeting "Hey up me duck" and the word "mardy", which just means "moody" or "sulky".

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