Monthly Archives: February 2011


This week would’ve seen my paternal grandmother’s 90th birthday. Sadly, she died in 1996, passing away the day after she found that she could not walk to the back door of the home she was living in. Nana (as we … Continue reading

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Ruth Takes A Call

Remarkable though it may seem – especially to anyone who has seen me completely fail to control a three year old – once upon a time there were people who let the teenage me look after their own children, even … Continue reading

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Rude Kid

Having reached the age where I have friends whose children are becoming teenagers, I have started to realise just how obnoxious I was in my younger days. I this respect I don’t claim to be in any way different to … Continue reading

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Something Sweet

For some reason I have had this song going through my head all day: The opening lines made me think of the various treats I would buy myself with my pocket money.  Despite all of the efforts that my … Continue reading

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Helen, Part Ten

It has been rather a long time since I wrote anything about Helen, so we have some catching up to do. We left the story with Helen and I moving into our first flat together and buying a useless car. … Continue reading

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Vested Disinterest

Those of you expecting a special post for St Valentine’s Day are, I am afraid, going to be sorely disappointed. I’ve simply not got any good stories about that day, having always found myself either without a person to celebrate … Continue reading

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Melting Down in Norfolk

There are many, many things that I have done in my life that I am not proud of. This is one of them. Sometime in the late 1970s we went on holiday to Great Yarmouth, staying in a caravan on … Continue reading

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Cheese Fetish

Bringing up four children is an exhausting and time consuming task. I know this because I know that bringing up one child is exhausting and time consuming, so bringing up four must be at least 24 times so. One of … Continue reading

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I’m still not sure how this was Dad’s fault

Sometimes, things stick in my memory for no apparent reason. This one was brought to mind by a recent episode of the comedy ‘Outnumbered’, where a similar incident was alluded to. We were staying at my Nana’s house in Lancing … Continue reading

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Goodie Goodie Yum Yum

The BBC recently re-ran some episodes of The Goodies, the comedy show that launched Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor into the public consciousness. Looking back at them now, the shows seem somewhat dated, with shoddy sets and humour … Continue reading

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