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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 56 years of happy marriage.

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Archive for December, 2008


Posted by Big John on December 12, 2008

I’ve now been at this blogging lark for five years and have just about run out of steam.

I’ve flogged the nostalgia to death .. I’ve ridiculed the bloody ‘royals’ whenever possible .. I’ve despaired at our dodgy government .. I’ve criticised the media, the arts and just about everything else .. I’ve ranted over religion .. I’ve tried to raise a few smiles .. and I’ve probably bored the pants off many of you.

I’ve enjoyed blogging on a regular basis and have derived a lot of pleasure from making contact with friendly people all over the world, but now I’m going to give it a rest for awhile. 

General MacArthur famously promised .. “I shall return” and old Arnie always says .. “I’ll be back” .. and so probably will I .. but for now  … 



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Gordon’s ‘Gestapo’.

Posted by Big John on December 6, 2008

Isn’t it nice to see the European ‘human rights’ legislation working as it should for a change, with judges at Strasbourg ruling that the police in this country are breaching the human rights of innocent people by storing their DNA on a database.

It would seem that hundreds of thousands of people who have no criminal convictions are on this database, and it appears that the UK is the only one of the 47 members of the Council of Europe to permit the “systematic and indefinite” retention of DNA samples and profiles from people who have been acquitted. Bugger me ! .. That means that we are more of a ‘Stasi’ state than all those members of the Council who were once part of the  ‘Soviet Block’.

After last week’s arrest of an opposition MP who’s only crime appeared to be exposing the failures of our dodgy government, can anyone doubt, as they look up at those ever present CCTV cameras and answer to more and more ‘accredited’ jobsworths, some of whom are using anti-terror laws to spy on any citizen suspected of the most minor infringements, that we are slowly having every aspect of our lives recorded: .. and for what purpose ?  I understand that in the next census we will even be asked if we are .. ‘gay’ .. ‘straight’ .. or .. ‘other’ ? (don’t ask !)

Now databased identity cards are ‘just around the corner’ (as if we don’t all have enough already), and as usual people say .. “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”.. and it’s all to do with the ‘war on terror’.

Well,  having my ‘life’s history’ on record and available for half the bloody civil service to read (and Gawd knows who else ?) is not something I relish, and the lack of a plastic card ain’t going to stop some suicide bomber, so I think that I’ll opt out of that one.

Unfortunately I can’t completely escape our ‘surveillance society’, but whenever possible I shall tell these ‘state snoopers’ to … “Piss off !” … and …

…    “Mind their own bloody business” ! 

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It ain’t just the young.

Posted by Big John on December 2, 2008

A recent survey has found that people in this country are getting more rude because of increasingly hectic lifestyles.

Well around here, in ‘bungalowland’, most of the miserable old sods lead anything but a ‘hectic lifestyle’, but are probably some of the rudest and inconsiderate buggers you could ever never wish to meet.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve held a door open for some old couple, only to be ignored as they brushed past me, or moved my trolley (cart) aside in the supermarket to let some old dear along the aisle, and never received a nod of acknowledgment. In fact you are more likely to receive a grunt or a moaning mumble than a smile and a “thank you”.

I know that the words .. “Please” and “Thank you” .. are fast disappearing from the vocabulary of the young, but it surprises me that so many of the older generation seem to have lost their ‘manners’. Blimey ! I came from a time when you raised your hat to a lady, stood up if one entered the room, and always gave up your seat to her on the bus. Now they have to put notices on buses requesting people to let the elderly and disabled have their seats, and there’s as much chance of that happening as some oblivious old geezer removing his baseball cap for a passing funeral.

I can’t remember the last time I heard someone say .. “Excuse me, please” .. or .. “I beg your pardon”. Now you are more likely to get a push in the back, or even an elbow in the ribs from some ‘Hell’s granny’ who thinks that you don’t need to queue once you have been given a free bus pass; and don’t expect any ‘pensionista’ to be polite in the post office on their very own ‘special day’ of the week.

‘Manners’ ? .. It’s about respect for others, which you would expect older people to understand, but a number seem to have joined the ‘me’ generation, and have sadly forgotten the words of William of Wykeham who said that …

…  “Manners maketh man”.

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