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Shoreham airport could have been a cinema,



or the front of that hybrid Chrysler car.



It could have hunched beside a road



selling tea or stood in a kitchen -



one of those great American fridges



you find in south African squatter camps.



Its aerodynamic curves evaded developers,



along with Embassy Court, Saltdean Lido



and De La Warr - the best place for tea



on the south coast. Stavers Tiltman



knew enough not to imitate a plane



but in the symmetry there's an engine.



At his drawings he's a storyteller



manoeuvring a magic carpet



over Brighton, Hove and Worthing.



He knows one day we'll fly everywhere.



Our toes will fuse, our natural position



will be sitting. We won't need to walk



across continents, we'll hold a joystick,



hover while the names of every village, river,



city and street in the world



blink at us on a digital display.

 
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