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Gin Slings in Singapore


It baffles me

I’ve got to say

Why anyone would want to pay

Twenty pounds or more

For a drink in Singapore

And, before you say “Hey!

Wait a minute!”,

I can see no sense at all in it!

“It’s Raffles!” they said

With grins on their faces

As big as that of the Cheshire cat!

“It’s the gin sling!

It’s the in thing

For a girl on the town in


So there I sat

Across from them

And I watched them

As down their throats

They slung their slings

With grins on their faces

As big as the boat

Atop the Marina Bay

Sands Hotel!



© Rowland Hill

Picture 10498924, label design, circa 1930s, image copyright Mary Evans / Retrograph Collection



Rowland Hill is a retired charity accountant. For many years he has written lyrical verse to celebrate birthdays, weddings, etc of family, colleagues and friends. Occasionally he has attempted to write more serious poetry, much more so since he began attending “Poetry with Friends” events run by Gail Curry and Elaine Cusack, and the Happy Planet Creative Arts of which they are Directors. He is very interested in the works of Ted Hughes. Recently published items can be found at