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A present from ‘the past’.

Posted by Big John on February 11, 2008

Today is my 69th birthday, so it’s only one more to go before the old ‘three score years and ten’, although for the past few days I have been feeling more like a hundred and ten, as I’ve been limping about like ‘Long John Silver’ with a pain in my right hip.

Now I read somewhere that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and also that it triggers the release of endomorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

Well it’s a bloody lie, because I’m still suffering, although this morning I nearly fell off my chair laughing when I opened a birthday present from my daughter and saw what at first I took to be an old copy of a genuine police manual …


That is until I saw the name of the author … Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt !

Now the name will not be familiar to you unless you are a fan of the TV show ‘Life on Mars’ (on BBC America) about a present day policeman who finds himself in the very un-politically correct time of .. “you’re nicked sunshine” .. and .. “eat the wall scumbag” ..  world of 1974 ‘good cop bad cop’ Gene Hunt. 

Now I know that most people stagger back from the pub, but I’m going to stagger down to the pub for a birthday lunch with my wife, before settling down for a lesson from Gene Hunt on ‘interrogating suspects’, and the almost forgotten  ‘thief takers’ art of …

…      ‘getting them to talk (Physical)’. 🙂


11 Responses to “A present from ‘the past’.”

  1. Life on Mars was one of the more intriguing TV series (we watched it on DVD), a genuine one-off. I don’t know how Ashes to Ashes will shape up.

    As for your birthday, many happy returns and I hope you have fun. If you can’t have fun on your birthday, when can you? That’s why I consider every day my birthday 😉

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: age is just a number. It’s funny how children and the elderly are proud of their age and keep telling you what it is while the middle-aged treat it as a state secret.

    I hope the book is as amusing as the character it is based on and as you wouldn’t want me to go all Dorothy, I’ll leave it at that 😉

  2. Betty said

    Happy Birthday, and many more. Hope you have a fine day.

  3. frisby said

    Happy birthday to the best dad in the world!
    your beautiful, talented and modest daughter 😉

  4. Ferouzeh said

    Happy birthday dear john

  5. Happy Birthday!!!
    From the old guy in Canada (I’ll be 72 next birthday)


  6. Pimme said

    Happy Birthday, John! SilverTiger is right–you just don’t hear middle-aged people proudly saying, “I’m 45 and a HALF”! ;^)

  7. Oscarandre said

    Well done, John – and many more to come!

  8. Norman said

    Well done John.!If you’re going to “stagger down to the pub”, make sure you stagger back home, make it a Big one. All the best.Norman.

  9. gawilli said

    Happy Birthday, John!

  10. Big John said

    Many thanks for the birthday greetings everybody.

    Next year all cheques will be welcome 🙂

  11. Terri said

    Please forgive me for arriving late with your birthday greetings! I’m hoping your day was very special for you.
    I’m not familiar with the character,but it sounds like your daughter chose the perfect gift for you. Keep enjoying and keep laughing!

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