Monthly Archives: December 2016

So This Is Christmas

So This Is Christmas   While he was alive John Betjeman was the nation’s Teddy Bear/ Father Christmas. Bumbling, wise, kind, cuddly and touching every heart. And his poem Christmas is always worth a seasonal look. Ten rhyming rhythmic verses  … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

Christmas Past George aged 94 was brought up on a farm in Mitcham. An innocent enough statement until you realise that Mitcham is today very much part of London. The family had owned the farm since the 1870s and  sold … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016 Andrew and Abigail glowed. Their wedding two days before had gone so well. Both shy they had been dreading being the centre of attention. Would she look the part? Would his speech go well? Would the families behave … Continue reading

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Voices from the Grave

Voices from the Grave With the death of  Zsa Zsa Gabor there was  the parade of  many of her famous one liners the best of which is “I’m a good housekeeper after every marriage I get to keep the house.” … Continue reading

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She Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

She Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby   When the doting dad says his daughter is not only beautiful but the most beautiful in the room you know he is being a doting dad and its the wedding. Well,  on … Continue reading

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Advent Wedding

Advent Wedding   In Larkin’s immortal poem Whitsun Weddings (see link) the  working class dads are described as  “Fathers with broad belts under their suits and seamy foreheads.” Tomorrow on the day of my daughter’s wedding celebration I may not … Continue reading

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Begging for Beginners II

Begging for Beginners II With Xmas getting closer the giving goes on. After a swim n’ sauna at the  YMCA, I am via Endell  Street going to the Covent Garden flea market. Two beggars lie outside the health club which … Continue reading

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