Category Archives: memories

Naturalised Londoner: That Outdoor Life, Part One

As an Articled clerk, trainee solicitor as it is now known, back in 1979, one of my many jobs was to act as a sort of underpaid postman. To hire a motorcycle dispatch rider cost real money, back then. What … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: Part Whatever – Legal Obscurities

I’m pretty sure that, in the same way we all bleed and think education is wasted on children, the legal systems of all nations are things of devilish contrafabulations. They are developed to confuse and obfuscate. The English (and Welsh) … Continue reading

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Channelling Burns, Dickens and Winnie The Pooh #thoughts

Sometimes ideas come at one for a variety of directions at the same time, coalescing in something I can’t really explain. And that’s good. It started with this post of Mary Smith’s, about being in Robbie Burns house, in the … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner – Living On Air

The Law Society which in 1979 regulated the life of the Solicitors profession had just about begun to consider the lot of the Articled Clerk. Some people considered the Law Society to be one of the closed shops of professional … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: Open Air

As an articled clerk in 1979, in a small firm of solicitors comprising three partners, two independent consulatants whose ages were measured in eons rather than years and two other associate solicitors, I was the lowest form of legal pond … Continue reading

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Naturalised Londoner: part 3 – that first job

I’m spinning some plates just now. As well as pulling together all the short fiction I wrote during 2017 for a new anthology, Life In A Conversation, and reworking the very first book I wrote, I’m getting close to finalising … Continue reading

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Wheels Within Wheels – the Middle Years – Part 3

So you’ve read parts 1 and 2, here and here. Can my university cycling career get any worse? After all I’ve decapitated a commuter, reducing the chances of our reaching a replacement birthrate by one and I’ve skittled a pensioner … Continue reading

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