Monthly Archives: October 2021

Fifty-five years after Aberfan

It seems a long time ago that I last discussed Aberfan with anyone. In fact, I discovered that it is only two years. In the last school in which i worked, each week during tutor time we had a word … Continue reading

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A bigamist in the family

After a short life, lived in the shadow of illness, Ellen Miriam Poulton, my great grandmother died at the age of twenty-three, leaving behind three children. Her two sons, Sidney Herbert and Stanley George, for whom there are birth certificates … Continue reading

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Magpie songs

There were seventeen magpies on the roof of a house. Seventeen, never before have I seen so many magpies gathered together. Perhaps an evolutionary adaptation is taking place. Perhaps with the increasing incursions of scavenging gulls, the magpies that survive … Continue reading

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My great grandfather was a good for nothing

It is some forty years since I first obtained a birth certificate for my grandfather Sidney Herbert Poulton. It shows that his mother as Ellen Poulton, a machinist of Chiswick, and that he was born in Isleworth Infirmary. The box … Continue reading

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I believed I could fly

The gradual advance in years bring moments when benches are welcome. So it was that I sat on a wooden bench on steel legs that offered a place for weary shoppers to stop to catch their breath. A line of … Continue reading

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