“Old age ain't no place for sissies.” .. Bette Davis

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  • My Life and Times

    I was born in 1939 BC.
    That’s ‘Before Computers’.

    Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as

    World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all… Archbishop Temple’s School.




    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock ‘n’ Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during ‘The Cold War’…and then




    I became ‘a family’. Which meant that I sort of missed the ‘swinging sixties’, but still managed to look a complete prat in the 70s, just like everyone else.




    During the ‘Thatcher Years’ I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 59 years of happy marriage.


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“Bring out yer over 80 year olds!”

Posted by Big John on January 10, 2021

Remember my visit to the local “drive-thru” on the 24th November ?

Well, I visited it again yesterday for my first dose of Pfizer-COVID-19 vaccine, and so did bloody hundreds of other old farts.

What was very noticeable was the friendly attitude and efficiency of the medical staff and volunteers. It took time, but everything ran very smoothly as far as I could see, despite the freezing weather: and, there wasn’t any sign of a single …

“grumpy old git”


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Make it a common-sense Christmas.

Posted by Big John on December 18, 2020

Last year I didn’t post my usual Christmas greeting due to being preoccupied with a major family crisis: and, this year, it hardly seems appropriate to indulge in all that “Ho! Ho! Ho!” frivolity when in the middle of a terrible pandemic, and, at a time, when we should all be concentrating on protecting ourselves and our loved ones. So, this year, my message is don’t hug granny and …

 “stay frosty!”

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“Left hand, right hand?”

Posted by Big John on November 24, 2020

Ten days ago I visited a local ‘Drive-Thru’. The service was fast and friendly, but none of the staff asked .. “Do you want fries with that?” .. However I was asked for my date of birth, and when I declared that I was born shortly before the start of WWII, I was immediately directed into “the fast lane”, and was quickly on my way home after my free annual flu jab which I had booked with my local health centre several weeks before.

Today, to my surprise, I received a very long letter from “NHS England and NHS Improvement” reminding me that I “should book an appointment with your GP practice or a pharmacy to get the flu vaccination”.

Let us hope that the “Improvement” arm of the NHS has actually been at work before …

… the “Covid” vaccine arrives !

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“Every picture tells a story”.

Posted by Big John on November 11, 2020

This photograph shows my grandfather during The 1914-1918 War and I often wonder what this picture shows and when it was taken ? The men look pretty bedraggled and are dressed in an assortment of scruffy uniforms, although their boots are polished…

I also wonder where they had been and what they had seen ? .. and how many of them were as lucky as my grandfather who returned to his family in 1918.



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“Confused ? .. You soon will be!”

Posted by Big John on November 1, 2020

Stephen Sondheim wrote a great song .. “Send In The Clowns” .. It’s one of my favourites .. Unfortunately it now reminds me of Barmy Boris and his clueless crew, whenever I hear the line .. “Don’t bother they’re here”.

I’m pretty sure that we are being controlled guided through this pandemic by some kind of ‘lucky dip’ procedure conjured up by ‘Risky Rishi’, the Chancellor chancer who gave us “Eat Out to Help Out” which, it now seems, helped to start a new wave of Covid-19, which means lots more dipping into the hat for more rules which most people won’t understand and which …

… the ‘covidiots’ will just ignore.

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Disproportionate Diversity

Posted by Big John on October 13, 2020

Does this sound familiar ? .. I’m sure that it will if you watch TV and are a ‘soap’ fan, or enjoy ‘crime’ and ‘action’ series with story lines about the lives of cops, fire fighters, medics etc. where the main characters are nearly always married to someone from a different racial group, with one member of the family being gay and probably another being an elderly person with signs of dementia or a child with a physical handicap. Oh! .. and don’t forget the angst-ridden teenager.

They will have friends and work colleagues who are lesbian, transgender or have mental health problems, and of course the ‘new guy’ who just happens to be a ‘veteran’ with ‘PTSD’ or a young lady wearing a hijab.

If these characters are essential to the story-line that’s fine, but, to ‘sprinkle them about’ as what I call “diversity dressing” is just stupid and, I could be wrong, but I suspect, not too pleasing (if not insulting) to people in the groups depicted.

Ah! .. and guess what is likely to happen when you are watching one of these programmes ? .. Your enjoyment or otherwise will probably be interrupted by a commercial break featuring TV’s ubiquitous …

… “dual heritage” family !

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Colonial codswallop !

Posted by Big John on October 7, 2020

As you may remember from some of my previous posts, I am a fan of historical TV drama series, and like to review both the good and the bad when it ‘takes my fancy’.

Unfortunately, my latest viewing falls into the second category. It’s title is “The Singapore Grip” (don’t ask !) and is based on JG Farrell’s 1978 novel, and the six-part drama follows a family of British ‘toffs’ living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion of 1942.

So far I have only watched a couple of episodes, and it’s going to be a struggle to watch any more as I’m not sure how serious the story line is supposed to be, and there are so many mistakes in the depiction of the speech, behaviour and fashions of the time that I have given up counting.

To give a couple of examples, minor points but, I’m not sure what an American army officer is doing in Singapore at this time and why is he wearing the olive/brown US ‘winter uniform’ in tropical Singapore, and not the US Army’s light cotton khaki ‘summer uniform’ as seen in both the tropics and the USA ? .. and did the British Forces “top brass” really hide under the table when the first Japanese aircraft was spotted ?

I’ve not read it, but I understand that Farrell’s novel is an “anti-empire satire”. so far it’s more like a …

… Singapore ‘soap’ !

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Another Panic Plan !

Posted by Big John on September 12, 2020

It’s hard to believe, but Barmy Boris and his mate Matt Han-cock-up have just come up with a way of increasing the Covid 19 infection rate !

They have introduced the ‘six person rule‘, but it doesn’t start until Monday! .. which means that every ‘covidiot’ in the country will be out and about this weekend attending every kind of party and piss-up imaginable, before the ‘hi-viz jobsworths’ start reporting them for being very, very, naughty boys and girls.

“Joined-up thinking” …

… Wos That then ?


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