It is twenty years since â€œHooting Yardâ€ first appeared in print. The words were tucked away in a squib of verse included in the 100-page pamphlet Smooching With Istvan, half of which was written by Mr Key and half by the estimable Max DÃ©charnÃ©. Alas, like the complete oeuvre of Dobson, this Malice Aforethought Press publication is now decisively out of print.
On page 96, we find the squib in question, entitled â€œSlabâ€™s Songâ€, the first verse of which is:
The man with the hammers is Traitor Bill
His flag is made of shoes
He shut up shop in Hooting Yard
And drowned himself in booze
This was actually written a few years before 1987, but I canâ€™t recall when that might have been with any precision.