Author Archives: Ian

Respect for your elders

Outside of your family, adults were divided into two categories: there were those addressed as “auntie” or “uncle,” many of whom were not family members but were given the titles as a sign of their close friendship with your parents; … Continue reading

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Reflections of my Dad

Pushing my hand into my pocket for my car keys, I caught a glimpse of myself in a window and it was my Dad looking back. With the passing years, I realize how much like him I have begun to … Continue reading

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An end to the journey

A row of 1930s detached bungalows sits beside the West Coker Road out of Yeovil. Elegant properties, they would once marked the outskirts of the town. One of these bungalows was always a source of fascination for a child staring … Continue reading

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Dressing like a teacher

Miss Rabbage and Miss Everitt always dressed sensibly. Cardigans, blouses, skirts, flat shoes, their attire in the late-1960s was that from a former generation. At secondary school, there were signs of fashion among younger members of staff, wider ties, brighter … Continue reading

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Batman’s birthday

Batman is fifty-five years old today. It was on 12th January 1966 that ABC in the United States broadcast the first tale of the caped crusader. When the programmes appeared on British television, my father, who was fond of Spoonerisms, … Continue reading

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