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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 April, 2018

Where’s my invitation ?

Posted by Big John on April 27, 2018

I know that I have not been around much lately, but I know that you will forgive me when you know the reason why I have neglected my blog for the last couple of weeks. I’m sure that you all guessed the reason …

Yes ! .. I have been absorbed with all the wonderful things that have been happening to my favourite family .. the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha gang.

Where do I start ? .. Well, old ‘Phil the Greek’ got a new hip (was it on the NHS ?) … ‘er Maj’ had her first birthday of 2018 (she has another one in June) … another royal brat was born (just what we need) … Pippa (OK ! I know, she’s only a sister-in-law to Willy) got in on the act by joining ‘the pudding club’, as did ‘horsey’ Anne’s daughter Zara… Fergie’s daughter Eugenie got engaged to some rich geezer and her other daughter Beatrice got a proper job… Charlie got a new top job involving lots of expensive travel (which pissed orf  Cruella) … She cheered up when she heard that she will get the title of ‘Queen’ when Charlie gets an even better ‘top job’ … and ‘last but not least’ … all is set for the royal wedding. I can hardly wait ! In fact when I look at the ‘Ginger Whinger’ and his bride to be, I go all ..”sigh”.. (‘hand on heart’)..  ‘touchy-feely’ .. ‘Maw ! Maw ! kissy-kissy’ and ‘huggy-wuggy’ … Now I wonder …

… where I got that from ?


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Here we go again – Part Sixteen.

Posted by Big John on April 12, 2018

I see now that ‘The Donald’ has made friends with ‘Little Rocket Man’, he is considering polishing up his missiles and aiming them at “animal” Assad, and, as you would expect, our Prime Minister is going into ‘Joan of Arc’ mode, which means that British armed forces could be involved in yet another messy conflict where, as usual, little thought will be given to planning what comes next !

I’m not saying that President Assad is not capable of killing his own people. Of course he is. However, all wars always produce fake atrocity stories, as well as real ones, and this  propaganda can now be disseminated via You Tube, Twitter, Facebook etc. and in the case of Syria very little news comes out of that country via Western news organisations, and what does usually comes from the rebels.

What will we be seeing next on the TV news channels after the proposed allied retaliation ?  .. The ruins of schools, hospitals, homes and the bodies children. The military call it …

… collateral damage !

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