Category Archives: memoires

How Joan Of Arc Ensured My Existence #WW1 #family

In a display cabinet, a few feet from where I am sitting is a small porcelain statue of Joan of Arc. Whilst it is over one hundred years old, it is of no particular value, especially as the head has, … Continue reading

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Apprenticed To My Mother #amwriting #cover

As regular readers will know I penned a few stories about my mother which I decided to turn into a memoir – though some will say parts, especially the dialogue are more based on a true story, given no one … Continue reading

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Skool Teekchers Wot Ay Haf Noan: part one – Maple Road Primary

I have been taught by the timid, the tremendous, the tired and the terrible – quite a few of the latter in truth. The best weren’t necessarily either good teachers or knew their subject but they had character – some … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: the book

Regular readers will recognise the heading. Last year I decided to pull together a memoir of my time with my mother, post dad. I’ve now finished it and it’s in for editing. This post, like so many, comes with a request. Are there … Continue reading

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The Help #shouldbewritingbutamponderinginstead

Nano is time consuming. Useful, sure. Satisfying, eventually. Fun? Well yes and no. It seems to involve a lot of bashing at the keyboard – my ‘e’ is looking pasty and, oddly, my ‘s’ has developed a squint – followed … Continue reading

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What I learnt from the Olympics: my top 11 lessons #olympics #11lessons

I was talking to a friend about my time working in the London Olympics. It was a joyous experience and one I posted about a couple of years ago. In case you are interested in some lessons learnt here’s that … Continue reading

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Cycling for beginners

Don’t be mislead by the image above; I was useless at repairing my bike but since it was the only method of escape from the less than splendid isolation of a New Forest cottage in my teenaged years I tinkered … Continue reading

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