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There is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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 April 1st, 2011

Peasants Keep Out !

Posted by Big John on April 1, 2011

Those of you who are familiar with this blog may have noticed that I have changed my ‘gravatar’ .. or .. should that be ‘avatar’ .. No, I think that’s a tall blue person from the movie of that name, although I could be wrong.

Anyway the new shot of me is from the photograph below, which shows me in my best “Man at C & A” pose in the grounds of Whitstable Castle, which is just down the road from where I live.

“Gee !” .. I hear my American readers cry … “You live near a real care-sell”.   🙂

Well, not exactly, as it’s a bit of a fake which used to be known as Tankerton Tower, when it was the residence of the Lords of the Manor of Whitstable. A man named Charles Pearson acquired the property in 1792. It is thought that he was the person who added the castellations which gave the building the appearance of a castle.

Recently three million quid ($4.7 million) was spent restoring the old place, and a very nice job they made of it, as I discovered on a recent visit with ‘she who must be obeyed’ my dear wife. We strolled around the grounds for awhile and then stuck our heads through a door where some men were delivering furniture … “Can we look inside ?” I asked .. “Sure mate” .. came the reply, so we wandered through the hallway into a large, but empty, room.

Suddenly a voice boomed out … “Can I help you ?”

“Just looking around” I replied.

“Did you report to the reception desk ? … we can’t have people just wandering around you know. It’s against health and safety regulations” intoned the ‘jobsworth’.

“There wasn’t anyone at the reception desk” I replied “but the bloke outside said that it was OK”.

He stormed off and was last seen bollocking the furniture delivery man in true ‘jobsworth’ fashion.

Just the man to …

…     welcome the tourists !

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