Author Archives: RayB

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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Name Change

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Fish, Spratts, Barbed Wire & Trikes

During the war years my mother used to  make a trip to Sunderland by train and visit her Aunts Cissie and Sally and then her Mother-in – Law, Esther (nee Hopps) at Wingate, a pit village just a few miles away. On … Continue reading

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Memories Like Snapshots

Writing about the 1940’s as I have been is quite an exercise. Some memories I will never forget they are engraved deep on my brain whilst sometimes – rarely – a new memory will emerge as I trawl the depths. … Continue reading

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On Being A War Baby

The day I was born the second world war had been under way for some 10 months, the army had been rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk, and Hitler was making preparations to invade. Operation Sea Lion as it was called … Continue reading

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Antigone, June 1996 – September 2015

Antigone died yesterday between 16:15 and 16:30, aged 19 years and 3 months. She was euthanised on my say so over the phone. I did not say goodbye because she was 15 miles away at the PDSA. I feel bad … Continue reading

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Mother Dies

Mother died on June 14th, 2011 at the age of 94. I am not sure why she died or why she was admitted to hospital in the first place just 14 days or so earlier. One thing is certain – … Continue reading

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Goose Fair

I am posting on this blog but it may not be noticed because in order for them to follow previous articles sequentially I am pre dating them. As for now, well there isn’t much to say. It is Goose Fair … Continue reading

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Loose Ends

I’m sorting through cine film and pics I took in the early 60’s with a view to completing my film making efforts for that era. Amongst my group of friends I was the only one taking colour pics let alone … Continue reading

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Julia Wendoline Green Where Are You?

Julia Wendoline Green from Slough was my first love. She was sixteen and I was 3 years older. We went out together for 4 and a half years. It ended when I had to declare a new love, Christine, whom … Continue reading

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The Golden Age

The Daily Express published an item about 1976 because 30 years on we have another long hot summer. The interesting part was the comparison of a few typical prices: 1976                                                      2006            x Factor Average House Price £12,415                                            £190,051           15.3 Loaf of Bread … Continue reading

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Things I Regret #1

If it was possible to turn the clock back and change things these are some of the things I regret and either would do differently or not do at all (1) Rearing commercial rabbits in the early eighties, and taking … Continue reading

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