Category Archives: Autobiography

Corporal Punishment at Sir Philip Magnus School, 1950s

Unfortunately, all schools throughout my childhood indulged in barbaric acts of sadistic punishment attempting to intimidate.  I’ve been subjected to some of these acts and I’ve witnessed all of them. At various times as a young boy, I was accused … Continue reading

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The big wide world

A couple of years after I had completed my apprenticeship I was being sent all over the country. I was sent to Scotland to work on a power station. All in all it got me down so one Monday morning … Continue reading

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Hard Work in the 1970s

Bob died some years ago and was a formidable builder. He and I gravitated together. We teamed up on small construction projects, with the occasional larger job. Once we were in The George, just off of Lea Bridge Road, Hackney. … Continue reading

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Going to my first dance hall

In about 1959, I and four friends from the plumbing course at our senior school met regularly outside of school hours. David Day, Terry Stockbridge, Malcolm Murray and Mickey (Jumbo) James, were more like brothers than my own real family. … Continue reading

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When I was young, I wanted to be old

I’d like to be told No, you’re not getting old, That I’m still a fine figure Full of bright charm and vigour. But the truth is , I’m not so blest Can’t run for a bus Without pains in my … Continue reading

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I enjoy proper music

Not the brash, brain numbing trash As depicted by, young, strutting peacocks Their brand of noise, I find irritating To the point where I try not to listen. Recently, whilst in a crowded pub People were all talking at once … Continue reading

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Country Dancing: Thornhill Road School

In 1949 I started my school life at Thornhill Road Infant School. The Second World War had ended four years earlier and rationing was still firmly in place. Although my family, (two older brothers,  Mum and Dad), were poor, we … Continue reading

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