31-Oct-2006

"Margate is rather Queer...and we don't dislike it"

The above pansy was planted for Lee Harvey who was murdered in Cliftonville (near Margate) in April 2002. Lee Harvey was lured into meeting the two attackers in Margate whilst in a gay internet chatroom, later he was beaten to death by the men near Dane Valley Road, Cliftonville, where I have planted this pansy.
The gay scene in Margate is very small and I have already met people who have heard of this locally high profile attack. My research continues.... The post title above features in correspondence made by Vivien Eliot (wife of T.S. Eliot) whilst accompanying T.S. Eliot during a spell in Margate. During his stay Eliot wrote some of 'The Wasteland''...
"April is the cruelest month,breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull root with spring rain...

...That corpse you planted last year in your garden,

'Has it began to sprout? Will it bloom this year?

Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?..."

The above extracts seem appropriate to accompany the Lee Harvey Pansy.