Category Archives: memories

Music And Movement

Children are always on the move. Fidgety was one description for me, back in the day. Today I read a delightful post about how small children love to latch onto music and just move, just dance. Jennie Fitzkee of A … Continue reading

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The University Years: The Demon Drink

In 1975, living in the arse end of nowhere, I did not have a sophisticated outlook. Nothing about my existence, immediately prior to going to university could be described as sophisticated and nothing exemplified this better than my relationship with … Continue reading

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My Father: Reluctant Soldier #lettersfrompalestine #1946

In January 1946, having just turned 19, my father was dispatched to Palestine as part of the peace keeping force mandated by the League of Nations and soon to be remandated by the newly formed United Nations to try and … Continue reading

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The University Years: Learning How To Learn #bristoluniversity #1975

It is 1975 and I’ve left my sleepy New Forest home for the bright lights and persistent rain that was Bristol University to study law and life. I had a lot to learn. My first year degree subjects comprised the … Continue reading

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My Father’s Pride #memories #poetry #parachuteregiment

In June 1945 my father was 18. He wrote the letter below to my mother, his then girlfriend with momentous news. He had undertaken his first parachute jump preparatory to being admitted as a member of the Parachute Regiment. He … Continue reading

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The University Years – Going Through The Cycles, part two #bristoluniversity #1975

I began my university life in 1975 at Bristol, studying law. Last time I wrote, I explored my commuting life and one reason why I shouldn’t have taken to cycling. This is the second example. Loosely it involves hubris and … Continue reading

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The University Years- Going Through The Cycles #bristoluniversity #1975

In 1975 I left home for Bristol University to study law. When there I lived in Hall about two miles from where I studied. My only ways of commuting were the bus (too expensive) walking (too slow and no I … Continue reading

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The University Years – Taking Crime, Itself A Crime #1975 #bristoluniversity

In 1975 I started a law degree. It wasn’t, academically the wisest choice and I struggled to grasp what I was meant to be learning. It wasn’t my only struggle… When I signed up for a law degree, I really … Continue reading

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The University Years – Mono Sodium Glutamate And Me #bristol #1975

In this series I’ve tried faithfully to recall ny first week’s at University and the life changing experiences that I enjoyed. Up to the point I went I’d had one sort of girlfriend but that was more a friend who … Continue reading

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Thoughts On An Aircraft

It was the 72nd anniversary of the NHS the other day, and there have been various signifiers. One was a fly past by an ancient plane with the initials of our favourite institution pained on the bottom. Which took me … Continue reading

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