Category Archives: Unreliable memories

Watching black and white television

BBC Radio 6 this evening featured a news story that, “as at 31 March 2018, 7,531 black and white (mono) TV Licences were in force”. I didn’t realize that it was still possible to operate a black and white television, the … Continue reading

Posted in Unreliable memories | 2 Comments

The investiture of the Prince of Wales

It could have been a prop from one of those 1960s science fiction series. There was a rectangle of tubular metal which had a wheel at each of its four corners and from each of the four corners there rose … Continue reading

Posted in Unreliable memories | Leave a comment

Avoiding PE

Fifty or sixty students stood lined up outside the sports hall; girls in one line and boys in the other. A teacher stood at the front, giving stern instructions about getting changed quickly for the PE class that was to … Continue reading

Posted in Unreliable memories | Leave a comment

Trees and astilbes

It is not hard to believe the story of the man who knew only one sort of tree – it was called “tree.”  Having a list of trees that runs to oak, not-oak, silver birch and Christmas, it is not … Continue reading

Posted in Unreliable memories | 3 Comments

The freedom to cycle recklessly

It was not so much a bicycle, more an amalgam of bicycles, a frame from one, wheels from another, parts gathered from various places. Its improvised nature meant it was not as valued as much one that had arrived shiny … Continue reading

Posted in Unreliable memories | 2 Comments