Category Archives: Autobiography

The first winter snows in Aberdeenshire

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The White Horse aka The Pig and Butcher

The White Horse was on the corner of Theberton Street and Liverpool Road. As a sixteen year old it was illegal for me to drink alcohol. My older brother aged twenty-one used to sneak me in the pub on a … Continue reading

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Those few of forlorn hope

Council estate children, might well be described in this manner. Parents, with no ambition, with children of little hope other than ‘achieving’ what their parents limit of have. The mother who openly calls her child a ‘dopey cxxt and I … Continue reading

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The river Ingrebourne flows gently past our ‘village’

For generations the children of our estate have played in or near the river. They had their fishing nets with a jam jar for the Mino they caught. Then they’d race home to Mum proud to show what they’d caught. … Continue reading

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Aggravation Personified

Who invented the new technology gadgets that we all rely on these days? The computer is complicated, but not so much that a ten year old child cannot dig into the insides and recognise all the internal bits that baffle … Continue reading

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A job in a million

When I started work at Hackney Council I quickly realised I was a cog in a big wheel. Lou Olivo, the area foreman, was pig ignorant, arrogant, and annoying to anyone at a lesser grade than him. We were trash, … Continue reading

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Ted Carter: My first ‘lad’

On my first day at Hackney I went to the depot and met two men who I told I’d been sent my Mr Lacy. “Oh, that wax work dummy, at the Town Hall – is he still standing by his … Continue reading

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