Category Archives: memories

Biking For Boys #motorcycles #memories #walking

I’m not your classic petrol head. I passed my motorbike test in 1980 but my driving test took another 3 years and one epic fail (reversing round the corner and aligning ones vehicle with the pavement – a totally useless … Continue reading

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Toads And Bones #tunbridgewells #highrocks

One lesson from my preteens was a realisation that Dad was a bit of a wimp. He’d been in the elite Parachute Regiment at the end of the war and was extremely proud that he’d passed all the physical and … Continue reading

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It was probably 1961. It was cold and if not Christmas Eve then very close. Back then, the attitude towards dogs, at least in our part of north Surrey, perched on the edge of the North Downs’ escarpment was lax … Continue reading

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The Articled Particle: The Worst Day

I suppose there were many ‘worst’ days in my two years as an Articled Clerk, a necessary step in the turgid process of qualifying as a Solicitor in England and Wales. The first day was pretty grim. There’s a sense, … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Era – Gone, Never Forgotten

Of course, I knew it would happen but now it has and it’s unreal. Surreal. The Queen, Our Queen, My Queen is dead. I’ve not known anything else than an Elizabethan era. And now it’s a retrospective. It’s quite easy … Continue reading

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Reunions; Worth The Effort?

I went to a ten year reunion at my old firm’s glossy new premises on Tuesday evening, celebrating the work we did as the legal team for the 2012 London Olympics. It was grand to see some old faces, embarrassing … Continue reading

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The A to Z Of Life

I read a lovely post from the compelling fingers of Jennie Fitzkee, early years teacher par excellence. It lead to a short comment exchange that recalled my missing out of a place at Oxford University and ending up in Bristol. … Continue reading

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West Country Disasters

Recently, a story appeared in the press about a family who won a £3 million house in the West Country in a raffle. It was their ‘dream’ home, hardly surprisingly. And the pictures of the setting seemed spectacular. I’ve always … Continue reading

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How to choose a name #dog #memories

How do you chose a name? Mine was apparently after Geoffrey Chaucer the medieval English author (my mother, pretentious… you could say) and my brother after our grandparents (Christian and surnames). We just went with what we liked except… both … Continue reading

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This Sporting Life: Turning The Tap

I was ten at the end of 1966 when something in me clicked. That need to find my own distinctive passion. It was conscious but I needed something. And while I can’t be totally sure, I think mum was behind … Continue reading

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