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eastbound

This piece is being written at 37000 feet over Russia which seems a little risky for a child of the cold war era with vivid memories of what befell Gary Powers when he tried it. I half expect a couple of MiGs to slide into position alongside us and fire warning shots. Continue reading

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Kate O’Mara

News that the lady had taken her final curtain came was rather sad for I had long had something of a soft spot for her. Not from any of her screen performances though, but from a random act of kindness. Continue reading

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don’t jump on the tracks mate

With apologies to Cy Coben, whose words I have adapted, the following came to me on the 2115 from Paddington last night, partly with regard to my own plight, this have been my second jumper in 8 days and the third in a few months, Continue reading

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It’s been a good day Tilly, let’s run!

I do enjoy the expression on Malcolm’s  face in that advert, and the concept of running with the cats for joy I can relate to. Yesterday afternoon our cat Tilly declined to come out for a run with me, but it had been a good day. Continue reading

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it’s just another day really

Why all the fuss over New Year? It’s only another day after all. Continue reading

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We were well taught in the 50s and 60s – letters to the editor

Sir

As a primary school boy in the late 1950s and early 60s I learnt my times tables, along with the rest of the class, by chanting them or, in the case of one school by singing them. At my last primary school we were taught by the headmaster who used to take off a shoe and beat time. He could also hurl said shoe with venomous accuracy at anyone he felt was faltering keeping the beat going slapping his bare hand on the desk until his shoe was returned by one of us. Continue reading

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letters to the editor – don’t let them buy these vehicles

Sir

Many years ago I attended training in order to improve my two wheeled skills, for in those days one could ride certain motor cycles on the road without having to pass a two wheel test. One of the key lessons was that one should obtain a motor cycle that was appropriate to one’s size; the principle being that you needed to be able to put your feet on the ground when at rest and the point was ably demonstrated by one of the instructors who was about five foot two. It was something that the dealerships also took seriously and would try hard to dissuade buyers from choosing a bike that they would find hard to manage. Continue reading

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my first law of public transport

If the service before the one you are now waiting for had been as late running as the one you are waiting for is, you’d be on your way by now. Continue reading

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of teenagers and freedom

I was listening to some teenagers moaning on the bus the other day and one said that they wished that they were “as free as a bird or something”. Continue reading

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A Village People Tribute Band?

Here I am, halfway through Movember and just contemplating my Mo efforts in the mirror when a voice from the hall enquires if I’m thinking of starting a Village People tribute band. Briefly I’m puzzled, but she explains that with the ‘tache, white tee shirt, jeans and Caterpillar boots I am maybe dressed for an audition. Continue reading

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