Category Archives: Childhood

Wednesday Morning – Frequencies

At times of flooding, I’ve heard it reported that the East Midlands is, landscape-wise, in a kind of shallow bowl1, the bowliness of which gets moreso further south into Northamptonshire, and west to Cambridgeshire and the Fens2. Wrongly or otherwise, … Continue reading

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Latin Tongue

Today’s Nan Kid Feature on BBC Breakfast is the business of Latin being taught in schools – or generally its usage and usefulness in today’s society. Something brought on by Ratzinger’s resigning. Vox pops ensue. Naturally a (Nanus Kidus) personalisation … Continue reading

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Exercising My Inner Nan

I did something one morning this week that so shocked and surprised me I just had to tweet about it right away. Simply had to. Which wasn’t the whole story, because walking home I cornered into an elderly neighbour on … Continue reading

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Guitar Man, Part 3

I can’t remember for the life of me* where the electric guitar came from. Possibly it was from a sister’s boyfriend, maybe from a church group member. But came it did, in 1982, and its reconstruction became the summer project … Continue reading

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Guitar Man, Part 2

Christmas 1980, as I’ve had reasons to recall these weeks gone by, will forever rank high in the memorable present stakes of the past (if you follow) on account of my receiving then, aged fourteen, a stapler set from my … Continue reading

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Guitar Man, Part 1

It was exactly like a chapter from Accordion Crimes – if you squinted your imagination and overlooked the fact that the instrument travelled for thousands of miles and (spoiler alert) never made it back home; but in defence of the … Continue reading

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John Hassall, Illustrator

If I were to begin: There’s a famous seaside place called Blackpool then many, of a certain type, would boom into character, flat-capped-vowelled and theatrically upright – ‘that’s noted for fresh air and fun’! My father would be such a man, … Continue reading

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Fisher Lame (sic)

In September 2007 I fell off our front doorstep and knackered some metatarsals in my left foot. This was just weeks after moving into the house where we now live, and I was unaccustomed to the front steps being higher, … Continue reading

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My October Symphony, Part 4 – The Landscape of Luggage

While April’s always up there, there’s no month to touch October for luggagious (new word, of or relating to luggage) conditions. And while we aint gone Stateside this, forgive me, fall, we’ve made up for that logistically by the case-load … Continue reading

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Distinctly Unsettling ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 5

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