Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been caught on camera appearing to part-recite a colonial poem in a Burmese temple before being stopped by an ambassador.

Boris Johnson's Mandalay poem recital hogs headlines. Boris Johnson was inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in the capital Yangon, when he started uttering the opening verse to The Road to Mandalay… Permalink: Copy.

Boris Johnson was inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist site in the capital Yangon, when he began uttering the opening verse to The Road to Mandalay, including the line: “The temple bells they say/ Come you back you English soldier.” Six Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Never Be Prime Minister Johnson's entire working life has been characterised by career and ego coming before ethics, decency or the good of the country More. Boris Johnson: Blond Ambition is on Channel 4 on Sunday at 10.05pm. On the road to Mandalay”. Oct 1, 2017, 5:00 am SGT.

"Mandalay" is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, written and published in 1890, and first collected in Barrack-Room Ballads, and Other Verses in 1892. The poem is set in colonial Burma, then part of British India.The protagonist is a Cockney working-class soldier, back in grey restrictive London, recalling the time he felt free and had a Burmese girlfriend, now unattainably far away. 'MANDALAY' BY RUDYARD KIPLING Burma – now officially known as Myanmar - was a British empire colony between 1824–1948. Published . The Foreign and Commonwealth Office declined to comment. On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin'-fishes play, An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay! Share Tweet Linkedin Pin Google+ Reddit Print Purchase Article. Boris Johnson: Blond …