June 25, 2003

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I went to see a new client today in Plaistow. This, for those of you who do not know London, is in the postal district E13, east of Stratford and Canning Town.

Now, I have not visited Plaistow during a working day for nearly 50 years. I may have driven through it but never stopped. The question at about 12.30 was; what do I do about lunch? Well - if my memory serves me without deception after all these years, this is an area of the Capital that can be relied upon for a good pub lunch. I went into 5 pubs in the space of about 1/2 mile, and would you believe it, not one of them served meals! What has happened to a good old East End tradition?

Can anyone out there tell me where the tasty home-made meat pies and two veg. have gone? If this is what lies in wait for me in areas like Plaistow, I will continue in my determination to do more work at home and suffer my own cooking.

By the way, I finished up going into a Tesco Superstore and buying a sterile salad sandwich and a diet coke!

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June 15, 2003


Today is Father’s Day, and both Neil and Laura did not forget. As if they would. It is wonderful to know that your children do think of you when it matters.

Laura bought me a “Talking Pedometer”! Now this really engendered all sorts of diverse thoughts of what it might do. On the box it says “Counts and announces up to 99,999 steps”. I calculate that this is approximately 47 miles at my pace length that we measured at 75cm. Now there is a mixture of good old Imperial and Gallic/European Metric systems! It is just as well that it only announces up to that level, as I should probably be in a state of total non-comprehension should I even get anywhere near that distance walking. After all why do we have cars?

The next note on the box is that it “Plays melodies in sync with your walking speed”. I am now worried that it might encourage one to speed up somewhat and, therefore, the melody does likewise and so on and so on, until you have burnt away the soles of your shoes.

Now I read that it “Has an alarm for use as a reminder”. Reminder of what, you are walking; how on earth can you forget!

How can I be so critical about a present given to me in love by my wonderful daughter? I know she meant well and was only thinking of my health, but it does make you think about how much initiative is being taken away from us. We are becoming just like C3PO or R2D2 in Star Wars. Well, obviously at my height, it must be R2D2!

I am now off for a walk with the infernal machine clipped to my belt, and if you don’t hear from me again, it means that the music speeded up; and I disappeared into the distance in a puff of smoke. If I can manage a turn to starboard, I might be able to complete a full circle and arrive home in about 6,400 steps. Sorry, my brain has just blown a fuse – you work out how far that is. I need a shower, and I haven’t even started yet.

PS. Thank you Neil & Laura for your Blog messages.

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June 14, 2003

Hi Karen!

This is just for you. I hear that you search my site every night just to see if I mention you. Well this is it. Don't tell Howard, but remember, the in-laws are always watching!!!!


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June 10, 2003

Views of Southwold

One of the first things that srikes one is just how well kept the beach huts are. This view of the huts was taken from the pier, and looking the other way we saw this view of town & lighthouse.

After leaving the pier we walked back along the promenade towards the town, and could not help stopping to watch the sun on the seagulls and the beach. Past the main part of the town, you turn left and retrace your steps towards the sea, and you will come to Gun Hill. This is where guns were placed in the 19th century to repel Napoleon should he dare to invade. Ron, Nina & Jackie selected their own guns. Jeff then decided to share Ron's gun.

No more boring pictures, just suffice to say it worth the trip.

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June 09, 2003


Thank you everyone who sent us messages of congratulation for our anniversary. We had a fantastic two days with Jackie & Ron, but you are going to have to wait for the photos. I used my 35mm camera, and I will get the film back tomorrow. I will post any worthwhile ones then.

In the meantime - have a laugh - this is a photo of the happy couple 45 years ago on THE DAY!

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June 08, 2003

Wedded Bliss

A very Happy Anniversary to my wife, Nina, and a big "Thank You " for 45 wonderful years together.

Loving sentiments to Jackie & Ron who I am sure are feeling exactly the same towards each other today. I am sure the four of us are going to have a great time together. Let's hope the weather is kind to us.

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