Category Archives: Unreliable memories

Tricycling to school

The equinox brought a sharp change in the weather. Warm days worthy of high summer disappeared to be replaced by cool autumn temperatures, chill winds and sharp bursts of rain. The change in the seasons came in a matter of … Continue reading

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Missing the fair

In better times, Bridgwater Fair always took place at St Matthew’s Field in late-September. It was a time that, in childhood memory, was always wet and windy. Was there always mud? I certainly remember going in Wellington boots. The crowds … Continue reading

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No fat

Eleven stones thirteen pounds and four ounces according to the bathroom scales, the first time I have weighed below twelve stones in more than thirty years. Another four pounds and I shall reach the top of the range in which … Continue reading

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Lung questions

Do you remember the BCG test? It was 1973, the second year at secondary school and we queued outside a classroom waiting our turn to receive the Sterneedle test. It was a spring-loaded instrument with six needles arranged in a … Continue reading

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A muscular response

My mother sat drinking a mug of tea and pondering past moments. “Do you know Dad and I were in Bridgwater one day and there were a group of boys coming down the street and knocking people out of their … Continue reading

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