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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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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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Posted by Big John on March 17, 2017

Many years ago I drove into Dublin and stopped to ask directions from a taxi driver …

“Ah” .. he began ..

  “D’yer know where Nelson’s Column was ?”


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A creepy coincidence ?

Posted by Big John on March 9, 2017

The day after my recent rant about smart meters, energy companies etc. I found myself without electricity for two hours due to an unexplained power cut !

Own up ! … Who told ’em ?

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Not so ‘smart’ meters !

Posted by Big John on March 6, 2017

I am a great believer in … “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it !” … so, unlike these people, I have ignored the many emails, letters and ‘phone calls from my gas and electricity suppliers offering to install a ‘smart meter’ in my home for ‘free’, thus avoiding ‘estimated’ bills and supposedly reducing my energy costs.

“Free” ! .. So who is paying for it ? .. Not the fat cat energy company bosses, that’s for sure; and I already avoid ‘estimated bills’ by reading my own meters and registering my readings on-line when requested.

That just leaves ‘reducing my energy costs’. Well, if I take a short walk from my house down to the beach I can view .. THIS ! .. the largest bloody wind farm in the world, and if I look out to sea and above the giant turbines I can just make out those …

… flying pigs !

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A supermarket ‘zombie’ on the loose !

Posted by Big John on March 1, 2017

This morning I was driving out of Sainsbury’s car park when I noticed a young lady who appeared to be about to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing which I was approaching. So being the courteous gentleman old git that I am, I stopped my vehicle and waited for her to cross in safety. She stood at the edge of the crossing, then took one step onto the road. She never looked at me, but instead she stood there, pulled a smartphone from a pocket and…

…   commenced texting !

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