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French: Its Part In My Humiliation

South London tried its hand at snow today (Sunday) without much success. The alternating snow-rain-snow combo isn’t going to work, weather-people. It did generate a little brolly-flattery as we walked Dog, with a passer-by calling out ‘nice umbrella’ to the … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: part. 2: finding a home

In part one, here, of this series we hear how I came to be London bound. Now reality has bitten. Somehow, in the late summer of 1978 I secured a position as an articled clerk. The firm of solicitors where … Continue reading

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Appraising the future

At my law firm we did annual appraisals. Of course we did. We were market leaders, a state of the art law firm. Even as far back as 1980. As a young associate solicitor I had my first in 1981. … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: Part One – prior to the beginning

In February 1979 I finished my last ever exam. I stood outside the Victoria Rooms on a bitingly cold Bristol afternoon as the sun set and vowed with all the molecules that I possessed that I would never again sit … Continue reading

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Forest Tops #backtothebeginning

(The images in this post are from the Ornamental Drive in Rhinefield in the New Forest) We moved to the New Forest in January 1970. It was cold. And wet. It stayed that way for weeks. I had to cycle … Continue reading

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Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear, 1926-2017 #inmemoriam #MichaelBond #Paddingtonbear

I don’t struggle for posts, not usually and mostly I know from a way out what I’ll write about. But today my plans were thrown when the news came through that Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear had died. Regular … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: on camera

My mother was 81 when she moved into her new bungalow. She had a knee replacement soon after dad died having been putting it off while he was ill. Never one to exercise or indeed do anything that might be … Continue reading

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