Monthly Archives: June 2021

Disappearing green baize

“Pool and snooker table maintenance,” announced the strapline on the side of the white van. Times being what they are, it is hard to imagine that the driver is finding much work. Snooker tables used to be commonplace. “Billiard tables,” … Continue reading

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Sunday teatime

Heinz Baked Beans on toasted Hovis bread spread with butter, topped with grated Cheddar cheese. It was a Sunday tea of contentment, a Sunday tea that might have been eaten at any time in the past fifty years. Baked beans … Continue reading

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Sportsmen of the past

“Uncle Dick and Uncle Andrew were very keen on sports.” It must be some thirty years since my grand uncles died, but from what I remember they never seemed very like sportsmen. Our family are not athletic.  We are short … Continue reading

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Going off the road

In the early light of a June morning, my uncle was disturbed from his sleep “Four o’clock in the morning, the cows in the field down the road started bellowing. Now I’m an age now when I like a bit … Continue reading

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School of hard rocks

The school Duke of Edinburgh expedition takes place next week. The teachers supervising it are very different from Mr Light. Mr Light taught science and P.E. and was the school organizer for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, all of … Continue reading

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