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

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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.

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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 January, 2016

I’m Back for a quick visit.

Posted by Big John on January 29, 2016

Nearly three weeks and no internet access at my home, so I’m blogging via a ‘BT’ Hot Spot.

‘TalkTalk’ have a terrible reputation for customer service and now I know why !

All they do is stall for time by informing you that it may take up to 72 hours to ‘fix’ the problem. This is repeated again and again. Promises to ‘call you back’ are never kept. No one ever calls !

I have now ‘signed up’ with British Telecom, who supply my land-line telephone, but unfortunately they have to give bloody TalkTalk two weeks notice, so I will not be fully back ‘in action’ for another couple of weeks.

I may pop in again during this time, if I can connect … So please …

… Keep in touch. 

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Technical problems !

Posted by Big John on January 22, 2016

SORRY ABOUT THIS FOLKS.
BE BACK AS SOON AS I CAN GET IT FIXED.

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Is that Gandalf on the Bayeaux Tapestry ?

Posted by Big John on January 6, 2016

I suppose that I should no longer be surprised when I read of how people in this country know so little (if anything) of our history, and, once again, an on-line poll has found that those nobles who struggled to rule England in the 11th century are less well known than claimants to the throne in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series.

Now, in this age of so-called ‘Reality’ TV, with it’s narcissistic presenters, phoney weeping ‘celebs’, screaming audiences, fixed ‘Talent’ shows, and dodgy ‘docudramas’, I have to wonder how many mor.. people, who’s lives seem to revolve around such entertain… crap, believe that programmes like ‘Game of Thrones’ and the new ‘Beowulf’ saga are our true history ?

The year 1066 is probably the best known date in English history. The Battle of Hastings was won by William Duke of Normandy, who then became king.

Yes, it actually happened. It’s true history, unlike those entertaining TV fantasies.

“Fantasies” ! … How can you tell ? … Well, let’s start with those …

… fire breathing dragons !

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