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In my little corner of the world, it is against the law to fly a kite nude. I borrowed the lyrics of a song you may know for my little tribute to “Mr. Kite” and his pursuit of happiness. In my opinion, nude kite-flying ought to join nude cake-batter diving as a new Olympic sport. Happy Fourth of July to my friends in the U.S.!


This is what inspired Henry the Horse to dance his waltz. Click to hear the song on YouTube.

For the benefit of Mr. Kite
There will be a show tonight on trampoline

The Hendersons will all be there
Late of Pablo Fanque’s Fair, what a scene!

Over men and horses hoops and garters
Lastly through a hogshead of real fire.
In this way Mr. Kite will challenge the world!

The celebrated Mr. Kite
Performs his feat on Saturday at Bishopsgate

The Hendersons will dance and sing
As Mr. Kite flies through the ring. Don’t be late!


The poster that inspired Lennon to write this song. Image: Wikipedia

Messrs. K and H assure the public
Their production will be second to none
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!

The band begins at ten to six
When Mr. Kite performs his tricks without a sound

And Mr. H will demonstrate
Ten summersets he’ll undertake on solid ground

Having been some days in preparation
A splendid time is guaranteed for all
And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill!