Swinging Sixties fashion shows

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Following on from my 1950s fashions post yesterday, here are some brilliant video clips from the 1960s. The first clip is great for a walk down Memory Lane as it features the mini-kilt, my favourite in 1966. I bought my mini-kilt from C&A (Coats and ‘Ats as it was known in my family). My dad…… Continue reading Swinging Sixties fashion shows

Spring Fashions from the 1950s

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I grew up in the 1950s but I don’t remember being aware of fashions until the 1960s. Looking at old black and white photos of my mum I really like the dresses she wore. Like many women in those days, she made all her own clothes and those for my sister and myself too. She…… Continue reading Spring Fashions from the 1950s

Live today as best we can.

I’m gradually working my way through all the folders on my laptop trying to get them into some semblance of order. I’ve backups on memory sticks and an external hard-drive which are in an equally large muddle. I’ve even got folders labelled “not to be deleted in case they contain something useful” and “probably not…… Continue reading Live today as best we can.

On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

Of many great TV detectives have there ever been better than DCI Morse and DI Regan? The brilliant John Thaw somehow managed to convey the blokey, sexist, irascible Regan in The Sweeney and then turn on a sixpence to portray the intellectual, sensitive, irascible Morse in the series of the same name. The Sweeney was…… Continue reading On This Day in 2002 actor John Thaw died

News of a FREE Kindle book

Readers who use a Kindle or Kindle App may find this free download of interest. On Saturday February 20th, Julia’s Room is free to download. This is Pacific Standard Time not GMT so UK readers might have to wait for America to wake up before the download is available. Julia’s Room is a novella by…… Continue reading News of a FREE Kindle book

Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

I read this novel for the first time when it was originally published in the early 1980s. The author is one time Labour Party MP, Chris Mullin. Having led the Labour Party to victory in the General Election promising state control of finance and the end of newspaper monopolies by millionaire magnates, Harry Perkins doesn’t…… Continue reading Book Blog: A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin

Wise words in a notebook

Now that I’m getting my life back on track I’ve started writing again. During my thirty months of chemotherapy I wrote lots of blog posts on both this blog and elsewhere. I stopped writing blogs in 2020 as I’d too many other things to contend with. My bowel cancer surgery was in March followed by…… Continue reading Wise words in a notebook

5 Literary Quotes to Celebrate National Cabbage Day!

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Dorothy L Sayers Remorse is eating his soul like a caterpillar in a cabbage. Beatrix Potter Peter lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes. H L Mencken An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a…… Continue reading 5 Literary Quotes to Celebrate National Cabbage Day!

Book Blog: In Our Infancy by Helen Corke

This is an excellent autobiography published in 1975 when the author was over 90 years old. Helen Corke has an extraordinary recall of her early childhood memories and this of itself makes the book worth reading. She was born into a reasonably well to do Victorian household but financial difficulties meant that she had to…… Continue reading Book Blog: In Our Infancy by Helen Corke