Monthly Archives: October 2016

Chasing Eldorado

I was now self employed and working from a brick built building at the rear of my father’s shop at Colnbrook near Slough in a space about 7 by 5 metres. I was regretting the move away from Phoenix, made … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Years

I left McMichael Radio to work back on the Slough Trading Estate at the Phoenix Rubber Company. They produced rubber compounds that went into all sorts of products for instance windscreen wiper blades and rubber bonded to metal engine mountings … Continue reading

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My First Car

I found an old set of negatives – the old black & white 120 size – in the most unlikely place, almost under my nose in my sitting room. How they got there I don’t know. I held them up … Continue reading

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From Pigeon to Canary

From my first job to my second took only a couple or three weeks. I had signed on for unemployment benefit but that amounted to just over £2 a week – and that was the rate for a grown man in … Continue reading

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Tea Boy to Rock ‘n Roll

We cannot have been living in Old Windsor for long, it was about August 1956 and just a couple of months from school that my father arranged my first job. As area supervisor for Melias he used to visit the … Continue reading

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School Years#3/2

In all the time I attended that school my mother gave me the bus fare to get there and back. It was probably a couple of pence per journey but I always walked, whatever the weather, there and back. It … Continue reading

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School Years#3/1

I described Harehills Secondary Modern as anything but modern in School Years #2 and as it was built in 1897 it hadn’t changed much or should I say no improvements had been made when I attended from 1951 to 1956. … Continue reading

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School Years#2

When I went to junior school – Talbot Road C.P – sometime around 1948/9 I was a strong reader and knew my times tables, learned by rote, as I said earlier,  up to the 12 times. My spelling and comprehension was … Continue reading

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School Years #1

The first time I attended school was at the age of five and as I said previously that was at Yapton in Sussex. As I said marmalade tart was part of the school lunch one day. I remember absolutely nothing … Continue reading

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