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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.




    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, 2012

Happy New Year Everyone …

Posted by Big John on December 30, 2012

 … and I’m sorry if I have been a bit slow with my blog comments lately, and please forgive me for taking a short break from posting due to  important family busi… me being a lazy bugger at this time of year.

However, I’ve just got time for a quick rant about that annual ‘medieval’ nonsense which must give people living in the rest of the world a bloody good laugh.

Yes, it’s time once again for the New Year’s Honours list to be published, and this year, of course, it’s overflowing with Olympic heroes athletes and the like: and can you believe that some skinny bloke who won a French cycle race has been awarded a knighthood, and is already being referred to by the dignified name of ‘Sir Wiggo’, while a 92 year old World War II veteran codebreaker, who saved thousands of lives by helping to shorten that war by possibly two years, has had to wait for more than 65 years to receive one of the lowest ranked honours, the MBE ! .. Doesn’t it make you …

… proud to be British ?


Posted in humour, political, rant | 4 Comments »

Ho!.. bloody.. Ho!

Posted by Big John on December 20, 2012

Well I must say that the run-up to Christmas has been far less hectic than usual this year, due to the fact that I have not been trudging around the shopping malls and high streets or searching the web for hours looking for Christmas presents.

Why ? … Well it’s not because I believe that old cobblers about the Mayan calendar and the world ending tomorrow, and it’s not that I’m a tight fisted old git as well as a miserable old sod. It’s because my family thought it a good idea to go all philanthropic this year and decided not to spend money on the usual socks, perfume, CD’s, books and assorted Christmas crap, but, instead, to donate that money to our favourite charities. So this year there will be no packages delivered from ‘Amazon’ and just a big empty space under the Christmas tree.

Oh! .. Before I forget, I did do one bit of Christmas shopping. I bought a new set of ‘LED’ fairy lights, thus avoiding swearing for ages at a tangled mess of electric wire and spending bleedn’ hours testing all those tiny coloured light bulbs before blowing a fuse.

Now, in our house, I’m the one who usually cooks the Christmas lunch, but I’ve even managed to avoid that task this year by inviting myself and the old ‘trouble and strife’ to our daughter’s home on Christmas Day, so let us hope that the country does not descend into travel chaos, as it usually does when there are a few flakes of snow, or we will be sitting down at home to a plate of beans on toast with a sprig of holly sticking in it.

santa cart  

Posted in family, humour | 6 Comments »

How long before she is Baroness Moran ?

Posted by Big John on December 14, 2012

They used to call it … “Pleading the headaches” … Now a judge has ruled that ex-Member of Parliament and expenses fiddler Margaret Moran was .. “not fit mentally to defend herself” .. having heard that she was suffering from ‘severe depression’, although her depression does not seem to have prevented her from popping into her local pub or ‘popping’ off to her Spanish villa !

Apparently a bunch of psychiatrists convinced some ‘soft’ judge to sentence this cheating “Blair Babe” to a two year supervision and treatment order, as she was deemed too ill to be jailed. She didn’t even have to turn up at the court for sentencing.

The £53,000 which she stole has not, as yet, been repaid, and a former employee of Moran said ..“She never saw it as taxpayers’ money, just that she was entitled to it.” Don’t you get the feeling that all those ‘chancers’ on the Westminster ‘gravy-train’ feel that way ? .. I wonder if …

 …    she now claims disability benefits ?

Posted in humour, political, rant | 3 Comments »

“Wake up and smell the … !”

Posted by Big John on December 11, 2012

I see that Starbucks have come in for some stick recently for not paying UK taxes, and although they have offered to pay a ‘token amount'( “Too little, too latte”, as one protester’s poster read), they are now losing business to the competition.

I’ve never been a fan of those purveyors of over-priced beverages, where a cup of coffee can cost more that a pint of beer, so I’m pleased to see that some of the ‘great British public’ have decided to get their caffeine fix elsewhere.

Mind you they may get some of their more adventurous customers back if they add a new flavour to their lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, mochas and Frappuccinos.

I hate to think of what …

… a ‘Jumbo’ size would cost !

Posted in humour, rant | 3 Comments »

Who’s a clever gel then ?

Posted by Big John on December 4, 2012

Last week the newspapers were full of crap about Kate’s bloody hair style and how clever she was to play hockey in high heeled boots !

Now we learn that not only can she smile, shake hands, fart and say “hellooww”, but she can puke as well, due to the fact that she is pregnant with, just what we need, another bleedn’ heir to the throne !

Let me say, before I continue with this rant, that I hope she is soon out of hospital, has a trouble free pregnancy and delivers a healthy baby, but let me also say that I wish that she would sod off somewhere else and have it !

The media, of course is having a ‘field day’ with the story, with the news that “the whole nation” (Yes, that again !) is celebrating. Well I suppose that it has pushed the Leveson Report and the state of the country’s economy off the front pages, and probably most of the world’s news for the next few months; so can you imagine the furore when the little bugger is born. Blimey ! .. I bet that every daft old dear in the country is already getting out the knitting needles.

As you would expect, the press is full of comments such as .. “Di would have made a wonderful grandmother” .. and .. “that William and Kate will do their utmost to give their son or daughter as normal an upbringing as possible” (just like the rest of the pampered and privilaged clan !): but the one that left me speechless was one journalist idiot who claimed to have already known of Kate’s condition .. How ? .. 

..”It was all thanks to Kate’s hair: her great symbol, the vehicle through which she speaks to her public”..

What the fu … ! .. I said I was speechless !

Posted in humour, rant | 5 Comments »