Street Party

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations afforded my wife and I the opportunity to experience our very first street party in UK. That was yesterday. We had put up the bunting a week ago but now the event had finally arrived. There are 19 houses in the cul-de-sac...

A Great Sadness

Every new parent fears that tragedy might strike. All the joy of the new baby can be easily snatched away in an instant. But for my Dad it was not me that he lost, but his dear wife. We never talked about it. The pain had run very deep at the time and the outworking...

How It All Began…

Many children were born in the days following the conclusion of World War II. Widely known as The Baby Boomers I was one of them. They were dark days with a lot of hardship – but an underlying fighting spirit helped people to get on with their lives in the face...

On Returning…

Returning home to one’s roots usually arouses a wide range of feelings and emotions. Some are positive – but some may also be negative. It depends where you are returning from. Sometimes returning home aroused feelings of security – or even a high...

The Road to Monte Carlo

It just had to be done! Second son, Ed, had just moved to the south of France to take up a new job in Monte Carlo. Flying there with his wife and two small sons they had left their car in Sweden. Solution? Malcolm, our eldest, and I offered to go to Sweden to drive...

Something happened

I had been attending a residential conference in Surrey and towards the end of the week we had a night off. One of the trainers who knew the area well had arranged for us to have a night out at the theatre – the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. A production...