Dear Sir, Your article on Maltese Buses in the November issue bought back many happy memories, as did the mention of The Gut. I was stationed there in the 1950s with 40 Commando Royal Marines at the St Andrews barracks. Most of the time we were off the island, either at the Troodos mountains in […]
When I started work at Maypole, Market Harborough, aged 14 in 1940 I was still in short trousers and they called me ‘Titch’. My first job was delivering customers’ orders on a box tricycle, and my wage was 15/-. I was so short I could hardly reach the pedals. Like Mary Carter (Best of British, […]
Janet Toms got a grey wooden kangaroo for Christmas in 1942. The story behind it concerns Polish battleships, Cowes harbour, and great heroism. When it comes to regrets, I am definitely with Frank Sinatra rather than Edith Piaf; regrets, I have a few. Mostly they aren’t of the life-changing variety but from time to time […]
No building in Brighton evokes more affectionate memories than the one time Regent Ballroom near the Clock Tower. Many an invitation to dance on the beautifully sprung floor resulted in wedding bells. Dancing really took off in the town during the 1920s and 1930s, and the Regent was created in 1923 to cater for the […]
Bells have long held a place in the traditions of Christmas, for a joyous peal of church bells was always used to herald good news. And hand-bells, an attractive smaller substitute, are still often used as a pleasing accompaniment to human voices at Christmas. In Heaven the Bells are Ringing, the Christmas carol tells […]
When I was small, I would write a note to Father Christmas (he wasn’t ‘Santa’ then), and be allowed to hold it over the fire when it was just glowing – suddenly, as if by magic, my note would swirl up the chimney. I knew that Father Christmas had received it. “Is it really […]
It was interesting to read the story of Lord Nuffield (Bill Morris) in your August issue. Many years ago (1956-9), I was a Steward on the RMS Arcadia of P&O lines, on the run down to Australia. At that time the ship was considered the Commodore’s ship of the fleet, and carried a lot of […]
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