Reviewing My Memories Of My 1965 Pop Concert To See The Beatles!
Mary Burns writes about her memories of this fabulous concert in 1965.
By Jan Rosser | 16 Jan 2019
A Youthful Revolution?
In preparation for an up-coming author talk, I’ve been giving much thought to that time between 1954 and 1960 when a momentous change seemed to be taking place.
By Anne Harvey | 02 Aug 2019
Zealous, Truly Man's Best Friend - Life As A Police Dog Handler In The R A F
Derek Coles reviews his memories of R A F Police days and dictated the following article to me.
By Jan Rosser | 02 Jan 2020
Food and Drink
Reviewing A 1913 Recipe Loved By Henry VIII - Maids Of Honour
My author friend Juliet Greenwood sent me this recipe from a 1913 cookbook! These are traditional small cakes that are crisp on the outside and gorgeously gooey on the inside.
By Jan Rosser | 24 Jun 2018
Film Stars, Hair-Dos And Reminiscences
One of the most interesting aspects of writing about the immediate past has been the research involved, especially the cover.
By Anne Harvey | 15 Aug 2019
Whatever Happened To Manners And Respecting Your Elders?
A crammed car park in the height of summer. We spot an area of scrub at the far end, pull in and park next to a van.
By Di Castle | 12 Sep 2019
The Lost Generation. Is This The End Of The Photo Album?
When was the last time saw an album of someone’s family photos and, more importantly, when was the last time you looked – yes really looked – at your own family photographs?
By Di Castle | 21 Sep 2019
What Will Become Of Lovely Photos When I Have Gone?
I have been reading the article “The Lost Generation. Is This The End Of The Photo Album? Written by Di Castle”
By Sheila Khan | 26 Sep 2019
In Memory Of June Tate
Cruising - Life Aboard the World Famous Mauritania Ship
After working on the Queen Mary as a hairdresser for three and a half years, I was transferred to the Mauretania.
By June Tate | 30 Sep 2019
Reviewing My Trip To Ypres To Visit The Menin Gate
I have wanted to visit The Menin Gate in Ypres- now known as Ieper for several years and we at last managed it earlier last month.
By Sheila Holley | 10 Nov 2019
Synopsis And Readers Reviews Of A Long Dark Rainbow By Michael Tappenden
Philippa Iliffe of The Book Guild Ltd very kindly sent out copies of The Long Dark Rainbow to reviewers. Author Michael Tappenden starts off with a synopsis.
By Jan Rosser | 02 Nov 2019
Reviewing The Exmouth Floods In 1960
I was 14 yrs old in 1960. Our family were living in Exmouth, Devon & had just moved into a house in Park Road.
By Rosemary Ann Smith | 27 Nov 2019
Reviewing 35 Fascinating Facts! - Or Are They?
Some more alleged 'facts' that are circulating around the internet, source unknown. Thirty five of them in all. I do not know if they are 'facts' or not!
By Jan Rosser | 13 Dec 2019
Sharing Our Christmas Trees!
Christmas Day is nearly upon us. Thank you so much for sharing photos of your Christmas trees!
By Jan Rosser | 21 Dec 2019
My Visit To Graceland
Since the age of 13, in 1959, I have been an ardent fan of the wonderful singer Elvis Presley.
By Rosemary Ann Smith | 06 Jan 2020
More Mill Days Memories - And Friendship
In the past, I’ve blogged about my time working in the mill during the 1950s.
By Anne Harvey | 09 Jan 2020
Auschwitz March 2015
We don’t take cameras. We’re keen photographers but this is not the place.
By Di Castle | 27 Jan 2020
Taking The Old - Time Tram
Do you remember taking the tram to school?
By Douglas J Lindsay | 20 Feb 2020
It was one of the ironies of winning the Second World War that, from about 1948 onwards, Britain was actually worse off than the Continental countries it had defeated or liberated.
By Douglas J Lindsay | 21 Feb 2020
When our kitchens are full of shiny white goods taking much of the labour out of domestic chores, it is easy to forget how recently most of those chores were done by hand.
By Douglas J Lindsay | 23 Feb 2020
Which Is Your Favourite Radio Station?
We are now going to be in our homes a lot more and probably listening to the radio.
By Jan Rosser | 25 Mar 2020
My Choice Of Desert Island Discs
I have listened to Desert Island Discs since I was a teenager. How hard it is to choose 8 discs to take to a desert island!
By Jan Rosser | 05 Apr 2020
It's Never Too Late To Start Learning A New Musical Instrument!
How are we all surviving the lockdown? Taking up a new hobby?
By Jan Rosser | 23 Apr 2020
A Diary Of My Travels From The Quokkas Perspective
Whilst I was in Australia, I bought two soft toy Quokkas.
By Adrienne Laverick | 13 Apr 2020
A Diary Of My Travels From The Quokkas Perspective Day 8
Today was going to be a wonderful lunch cruise from Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour,
By Adrienne Laverick | 08 May 2020
The Singer Not The Song
Throughout my long life, I’ve been lucky to see many singers in person, starting way back in the 1950s when post-war austerity was still being felt throughout the country.
By Anne Harvey | 02 May 2020
We'll Meet Again By Helen Vereker Singers
Do listen to We'll Meet Again and join in!
By Jan Rosser | 08 May 2020
War Time Experiences Of My Mum Kathleen Cox nee Tirrell (in her own words)
Good friend Sheila Khan has sent me this article written by her mother about her many experinces in WW2.
By Jan Rosser | 10 May 2020
Time To Take Stock? - Managing Your Weekly Money Budget Sensibly Like It Was In The 50's And 60's
I am a child of the fifties. I come from working class stock, my dad was a carpenter for Brighton Council for forty nine years .
By Anne Elizabeth Jones | 04 Jun 2020
Public Loos In The UK - Are They Up To The Standard You Should Expect And Can You Nominate One For An Award?
You are out shopping, on a day trip, travelling on Public transport, at an airport, a station, a service station etc etc and you need the loo.
By Jan Rosser | 09 Aug 2018
Now Where Did I Put My List???
I was thinking yesterday about all the post it notes I have scattered around my house in order to remember things I have to do.
By Jan Rosser | 25 Jun 2020
Interviewing Ralph McTell, Singer Songwriter Extraordinaire - Part 1
On 16th October 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my all time favourite singer songwriters, poet and author Ralph McTell.
By Jan Rosser | 10 Jul 2020
Interviewing Ralph Mctell, Singer Songwriter Extraordinaire Part 2
I asked Ralph when did he realise that he wanted to be a full time musician and he told me that you just don't dare believe it can happen.
By Jan Rosser | 17 Jul 2020
Interviewing Ralph Mctell, Singer Songwriter Extraordinaire Part 3
The fifties were coming to an end and music was really starting to take off on all levels.
By Jan Rosser | 24 Jul 2020
Interviewing Ralph McTell, Singer Songwriter Extraordinaire Part 4
Over the years I have seen Ralph McTell perform many times and each time, there always seems to be a new selection of wonderful guitars.
By Jan Rosser | 31 Jul 2020
The Bridges Of Madison County
I've always been an avid reader, and in 1995 read a book, totally different to my normal reading material, titled The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller.
By Rosemary Ann Smith | 22 Aug 2020
Arts and Crafts
A Long Haul, A Lost Page, Frustration And A Bookmark Is Born!
Finding ex pat groups to join was a priority when I landed in Hong Kong in 1998.
By Adrienne Laverick | 21 Nov 2020
Congratulations To All The Kids Who Were Born In The 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's !!
I have been given permission to publish this article written by Frank Shenton. Makes interesting reading!
By Jan Rosser | 10 Dec 2020
ONE MAN, FOUR CHILDREN. HOW HARD CAN IT BE?
Armed with a pristine copy of ‘The Complete Guide to Childcare’,
ambitions to be the next literary giant and live off the grid,
what could possibly go wrong?
‘Five minutes after Brigit’s maternity leave ended,
I realised the magnitude of my error.
I crashed into a world of mainly strong, resourceful,
resilient women, a mountain of nappies to rival Kilimanjaro
and a widening gap where my self-esteem used to reside.’
I am a man. I soon discovered this was not an excuse…?'
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When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager, he stumbled across the dead body of her boyfriend Simon’s father, who had been battered to death.
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