Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mr & Mme Davey – Part Two

Last Wednesday, I began the story of the two most inept teachers it was ever my sorry misfortune to encounter, and I told you about Mme Davey. Today, we turn to her husband. The Daveys always put me in mind … Continue reading

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Gran

Tomorrow would have been my Gran’s 89th birthday. I always have the feeling that my grandparents all died too young, even though they all lived to be between 74 and 83. And I guess that nowadays, those are not such … Continue reading

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Mr & Mme Davey – Part One

Over the course of my education, I was lucky enough to have some wonderful teachers. Some were manifestly great and truly inspirational, such as Mr Tedstone and Dr Smith. Some, like Mr Harris, had an influence which I didn’t appreciate … Continue reading

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If We All Spit Together…

Some of you may remember Spitting Image. It was a satirical puppet show back in the 1980s, famous for lampooning Margaret Thatcher as a man, John Major as a grey man obsessed with peas, and just about every other politician … Continue reading

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Karen

Continuing Wednesday’s theme of my sisters’ birthdays, I now turn to the elder of my two little sisters, Karen. Karen arrived when I was only two years old. Initially, I was underwhelmed. With precocious prescience, she arrived with a gift … Continue reading

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Lisa

Both of my sisters have birthdays this week. As a family, we long ago decided against giving one another birthday presents. Well, I say ‘decided’, what I really mean is that I told them I wasn’t doing birthday and Christmas … Continue reading

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Escaping Booker

A couple of months ago, I wrote about my worst job ever I didn’t tell you how I got out of it, though. It was perhaps the first time that I realised the benefit of keeping in touch with people. … Continue reading

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It Used to be One of the Best Days of the Year

For about ten years of my life, this particular Friday, the second one in May, used to find me beside myself with excitement and anticipation. At school, all of the talk – among the boys, at least – would be … Continue reading

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A Scottish Do

The big event of the first May that Helen and I were together was a family wedding. For many of the family, this was going to be the first occasion upon which they had met Helen. More importantly, it was … Continue reading

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Can We Go to the Fairground Instead, Then?

The answer is still ‘no’, I’m afraid. My hatred of fairgrounds is only marginally less well developed than my hatred of circuses, although for different reasons. Fairgrounds are, in short, a giant rip-off. Four quid to ride on a train … Continue reading

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