Category Archives: Autobiography

Thornhill Road School: my first day in 1949

My first day in infant school in 1949 wasn’t the best. I wasn’t used to being bullied by adults. My two older brothers had told me horror stories in our shared bedroom. “You have to obey orders straight away… if … Continue reading

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Washing on the Front Room Table

Just before bedtime, We boys had to be washed The bowl of hot water, soap, flannel and towel On the table, waiting for each boy Dad would select one of us Never the same one twice, in line A soaped … Continue reading

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A Tale from a Tower Block

Life in a Council tower block has its problems. Noise and other selfish behaviour can be significant. Social housing has been available to the working classes since 1945, which massively reduced private rented accommodation with improved housing at a lower … Continue reading

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Doctors: What do they know?

Just after Christmas 2019, I wasn’t at all well. No energy, headache, fever with terrible back pains in my lower back. Jan, my wife, dialled 999 and in what felt like a few minutes, two young paramedics were in my … Continue reading

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When injustice is self imposed

Who would have believed the Tories winning the election by a thumping majority after all that they did over the last ten years? Yes, I acknowledge that Corbyn didn’t turn out to be the Leader I expected when he took … Continue reading

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Life Lessons

When I was small, I didn’t think it strange at all To be told what to do and say And so, I was cocooned in my world Although poor, we were warm and well fed, each day. School was challenging, … Continue reading

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A Great Night Out

Getting on for thirty years ago, one of my plumbers Roger told me that he and a group of his friends had nurtured a dream for some years. They’d formed their own “Entertainment Group” playing and singing in pubs and … Continue reading

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