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A ten bob note

The sash cords were rotted on My bedroom window, when it crashed down Dad said he’d fix it, for about half a crown Nip round to the oil shop, he said Ask for a knot of sash cord He gave … Continue reading

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A Moment of Simple Bliss

Like many young men in 1960 my Dad taught me how to drive in his old Standard 45 car. I was sixteen at the time and in those first few lessons I thought it very complicated. It was the first time … Continue reading

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Sound advice from a father during the Warsaw Uprising 1944*

The Warsaw Uprising museum has numerous videos with survivors recounting their experiences. One video shows a man telling the story of how, when he was fifteen years old, he asked his parents if he could join the uprising. First he … Continue reading

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Colin

A bachelor all his life Worked for the Councils’ parks department Just didn’t seem to find a wife But, felt himself trapped in the grounds compartment. Found more interesting work As a lorry driver, he travelled the road Rejected ideas … Continue reading

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Goodbye Francis

The last words exchanged“Have a nice holiday Frances”.“I will Mike” her voice strongBelying her eighty something years. Accompanied by her sisterThe mini-cab tooting impatiently They were off to the airportThe adventure to be savoured. Memories of the old countryStill thinking … Continue reading

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Old and in love

I’m so old, so very old, I’ve forgotten that I’m a man I’ve forgotten that I’m alive I’ve forgotten that once I had Simple, simple pleasures. Long ago. I’m so old, so very old I’ve forgotten how to eat I’ve … Continue reading

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The Onslow Arms

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