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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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A ‘snowflake’ movie warning !

Posted by Big John on February 16, 2018

I was searching my Sky TV movie guide, when I noticed the 1956 film ‘Safari’ was listed. It starred Victor Mature as a ‘white hunter’, and was set in Kenya during the ‘Mau Mau Uprising’ which was taking place at the time.

Now I know that warnings are often given about films that contain .. ‘violence’ .. ‘sexual themes’ .. strong language .. etc. which I suppose is understandable to some degree: but this movie has warnings for .. “scenes of hunting” .. Blimey ! .. It is about a bloke who earns his living killing wild animals ! .. and .. horror of horrors …

… “colonial attitudes” !


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11th February 1939

Posted by Big John on February 11, 2018

I’ve just ‘Googled’ today’s date to see if any significant event happened in “this sceptred isle” on this day 79 years ago … Nothing ! .. Nowt! .. Zilch ! .. Nada !

Yes, there bloody was  ! …

… I WAS BORN !  


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At last ! .. ‘Human contact’.

Posted by Big John on February 2, 2018

I’ve just had a very strange experience and feel that I just stepped back in time because I telephoned a service company to arrange for an engineer to call to carry out a repair to my TV satellite system, and to my amazement I found myself speaking to a very helpful young lady. Yes, a real live person, and this within only a few seconds of picking up the ‘phone to make the call !

How did this happen ? … There was NO .. “Press one for this” .. “Press two for that” .. “Please hold, your call is important to us” .. “You are number Gawd knows how many in a queue” .. “Thank you for waiting”  .. “All our agents are busy, so please piss off to our website for help” .. “Good afternoon my name is Ranjit. Oops ! .. Sorry .. William .. How may I be helping you today?” .. and ..  “Oh, and by the way, if you do get through, we will record your conversation for training purposes”.. “In the meantime, here is some crap music for you to listen to until you fall into a trance or …

… decide to hang up !.

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“Peace on Earth and ….”

Posted by Big John on December 24, 2017

I’ve been reading that, this year, it is almost impossible to find Christmas cards showing the traditional ‘Nativity’ scene, and I feel that this must be true because I have only received one card with a religious theme and that just shows choirboys singing near a snow covered church.

Now I have to say that, even as an atheist and knowing that the Christians ‘hi-jacked’ a pagan festival to make it their own, I regret that we seem to be losing sight of the message in the story of the first Christmas: So, let us not forget that it’s only a story …

… But a bloody good one !



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Don’t get too excited !

Posted by Big John on July 8, 2017

Today is my 56th wedding anniversary !

This year the old ‘trouble and strife’ not only gave me the usual apron and ‘Marigold’ rubber gloves, but, Oh, joy ! .. she included a new mop and dust pan.

So, I’ve polished up the old ball and chain and am considering how to celebrate this joyful occasion.

Dinner at a restaurant ?  …  A visit to the local pub ? …  A Chinese take-away ? … A fish and chip supper ? … or perhaps just a ‘quiet night in’ adding a little teriyaki sauce to our sushi and tempura prawns and listening to a cork or two ‘pop!’.

I wonder what’s on …

Sky Movies ?

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Why am I not surprised ?

Posted by Big John on June 21, 2017

I know that there are many things that I do not understand about the vacuous behaviour of people in modern day Britain; and I have often commented on ‘grief lite’ otherwise known as ‘recreational grief’, where those suffering from this ‘mourning sickness’ openly make a display of their ‘feelings’ by leaving anything from balloons to teddy bears at a ‘shrine’ to someone they never knew.

Now I learn that amongst all those good people who have shown a dignified respect for those lost in the Grenfell House fire, a new group has emerged .. the ‘grief tourists’ .. and those who survived the disaster have been forced to put up posters asking these callous creeps not to take … ‘disaster selfies’ … of a building which still contains …

… the remains of their loved ones !


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Manchester in Mourning.

Posted by Big John on May 25, 2017

Every right minded person throughout the world must feel for the families of those killed and for those who were injured in the Manchester bomb outrage this week: and people have the right to show their grief and respect in any way they see fit.

However, I do feel that the media coverage of the aftermath and the often emotional and moving tributes paid by many, can only bring laughter and delight to the extremist killers and their supporters as they see the results of their heinous attack reported in detail by TV channels across the globe.

I know that this is the ‘modern’ way, with everything ‘out in the open’, and I may be wrong, but can it be right to …

… ‘motivate’ those who hate us in this way ?

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“One man’s terrorist is another …”

Posted by Big John on March 23, 2017

Yesterday a terrorist was shot dead in London.. Good !.. Regrettably a brave police officer and two other people also died and many were injured.

This mindless act of violence has, quite rightly, been condemned by members of the press and our political elite, some of whom only recently lauded another ‘terrorist’, the late Martin McGuinness, a former commander in the IRA, an organisation responsible for the murder of more than 1,800 civilians and members of the security forces during ‘The Troubles’.

 What a difference a day makes !

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