Category Archives: General Interest

Learning to Ride a Bike: From Grazes to Glee

As a child, my inauguration into the world of two-wheeled cycling was a painful one. My friend David was younger than me, but already he was tearing around the streets on a small bike with large pneumatic tyres. I’d had … Continue reading

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Pop: The Soundtrack to My Childhood

I fell in love with music at an early age. My young ears listened appreciatively to chart hits that my parents played on a reel-to-reel tape recorder. These included Sacha Distel’s This Guy’s in Love with You, Chris Montez’s The More … Continue reading

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Child Exploitation

In the small two-street enclave of Cowpen where I grew up, my friends and I got to know by name virtually all the adults who lived there. It didn’t take us long to suss out which housewives paid the best … Continue reading

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Halloween, Then and Now

For a good few weeks now, supermarkets have allocated a considerable amount of aisle space to the promotion of Halloween related goods. Walking down the designated aisles in some supermarkets is a scarier journey than a ride on the Ghost … Continue reading

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When Children Were Encouraged to Smoke

Attitudes towards smoking have hardened considerably in recent years, particularly around children. Things were much different during my childhood though. I quit smoking almost twenty years ago. The day came just after the Budget, when I told myself that enough … Continue reading

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My CVD and Me

I recently read Danny Baker’s autobiographical book Going to Sea in a Sieve. It’s quite a good read – I did laugh out loud a few times, especially at his tale of what happened when he went to see the … Continue reading

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Nightmare on Strawberry Place

Many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I started going about with my friend, Stan, on his hot dog van, this being an old Mini van with a fibreglass shell fitted to the back. I didn’t get paid, … Continue reading

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My OCD and Me

The cup in the photo is one of six I recently bought from the reduced shelf in a local discount store. Two of the cups are emblazoned with the word TEA, and four say COFFEE (I drink more tea than … Continue reading

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Learn to Swim, Young Man, Learn to Swim

I was never a great swimmer. An earlier post on here about me doing sixty lengths is correct, but I had built up to that. I’m about to take up swimming again as part of a get fit kick (doctor’s … Continue reading

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Bouncers: Then & Now

I was in a busy bar recently (not the bar in the photo above), and there was this guy who’d clearly had too much to drink. A barmaid pointed this out to one of the door staff, and he took … Continue reading

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