My father is adamant that he has heard a poem which contains a phrase like “it was all done in Berlin in the thirties”. Possibly read by Kenneth Williams. But Google search has let us down. Can anyone suggest what this poem was?
It was definitely a poem, in English. Twentieth century, and obviously post 1930s. He thinks he heard it read on television, rather than reading it himself, so publication location unknown. The theme of the poem was that although people claim to be doing something new, in fact everything has been done before, in Berlin, in the thirties. So probably a drily humorous piece. Dad thinks that there was a repeated refrain, like 'it was all done in Berlin in the 30s, it was all done in the 30s in Berlin'. Guesses at 3 verses ('not an epic').