Tonight, A New Year ...
1 Posts Last Activity 02/01/2017
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Tonight, on the threshold of a New Year, I am not at all optimistic, as I have been in so many years past. Whichever way I turn darkness and sorrow come to me. The way forward is not clear. It must have been thus at the end of 1939. At that time part of King George VI's speech to the Empire gave hope. It gives hope to me tonight. I place it below, that you too may have hope in the dark days to come: I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way." May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all. Tonight there's no one needs this hand more than I do; but I'm not alone. The text is there for you too. '
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Mrs Dale's Diary
4 Posts Last Activity 01/12/2016
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I remember listening to this whenever I could way back when. Does anyone else remember the programme?
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Which song would you pick that most describes you and your life?
113 Posts Last Activity 18/01/2017
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Shirley Bassey sings songs that I immediately identify with, I have chosen these two: "This Is My Life" and "Nobody does it like me".
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Where did teenagers come from?
20 Posts Last Activity 16/11/2016
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Thinking back over the years I don't recall there being such a title to describe us once we reached 15/16 years old. We left school and if we didn't go to university we started work. No one thought we were 'special' or 'delicate'. Were you a teenager?
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Anyone born in India during the British Raj aka Empires Child?
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I wonder how many people dream nostalgically about those days? of parties, holidays in the cool Simla Hills as it grew too hot. Spicy foods and delicious sweetmeats, vibrant colours. an Ayah who would look after you. After Independence, leaving everything behind and returning to England. Feeling the intense cold, strange foods, strange accents. All a hard adjustment. Still, memories of that wonderful country persist. Someone, wave a magic wand and send me there for a couple of months, I would die happy.
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Mary Whitehouse ...
5 Posts Last Activity 30/10/2016
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Few of us, 'of a certain age,' will not remember Mary Whitehouse. Some said a rather priggish, puritan married lady who, for thirty years campaigned nationally for the retention of a then disappearing moral code. And that in the face of an anything goes, free love and have it all now young generation. A generation in rebellion. Our generation! She, with her National Viewers and Listeners Association, in 1982 launched a civil suit against theatre director Michael Bogdanov for staging a production of Howard Brenton's play, The Romans in Britain, which depicted a male rape. Jeremy Hutchinson, QC, opposed her case in the High Court and the NVLA withdrew the case. Now, at 101 years old, Hutchinson has gone public with his later-life thoughts. He believes that Whitehouse has been ‘vindicated to some extent by history’. Sarah Vine, writing in the Mail Online for October 12th last says, 'Yes, there are some values of the past that deserve to be superseded — but others, such as decency, modesty and self-respect, are the bricks that hold civilisation together. And now they’ve been swept away, we’re left with a world where — literally — anything goes. A world in which trumped-up amateur porn stars such as Kim Kardashian earn more in a day than a Nobel Prize-winner makes in a lifetime. Friends, what do you think?
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Desert Island .......
2 Posts Last Activity 10/07/2016
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One of my favourite programmes is Desert Island Discs - I wonder what 8 pieces of music; book and luxury you would take with you on to a desert island and why?
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Did you own a pair of Stanley Matthews Football Boots too?
18 Posts Last Activity 17/10/2016
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I used to have Stanley Matthews clodhoppers as football boots. They weighed a ton but when you kicked the ball it went a mile! Did you own a pair?  What memories do you have?
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Would you like help reconnecting with someone special you’ve lost touch with?
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Blink Films are a BAFTA award winning TV Production Company developing a programme that could reconnect you with a lost love. Do you think about your childhood sweetheart and wonder where they are? Have you never forgotten your first love? Do you wish you could contact ‘the one that got away’? The programme will focus around the search for the person you’d like to be put back in touch with, and the pleasure of being reunited with them. Perhaps you’ve tried to find your lost love and not had any luck? Or maybe you’ve never dared to look for them? Maybe you were pulled apart by circumstances outside of your control? Or maybe you know someone who this applies to? Whatever the situation, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a friend, sweetheart, lover or crush that you’d like to see again, then please drop me a line and we can have a quick chat. Thank you, Maddie Tel: 0203 150 2757 Email: [email protected]
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Our wedding day!
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Many years ago, when my wife and I decided to marry, and so then in those days we went to church and had the marriage bans read three times, followed by visiting the vicar in the church, to learn the wedding procedure, where to stand and what the sequence of events were, so that on the day itself the wedding would run as planned and practised. Well many of you will have done this I'm sure, and knows what was involved, then comes the big day itself, all hoping that the summery weather would be kind to us, luckily enough it was fine. Then because of a sudden change of plans the regular vicar was called away and another vicar brought out of retirement was to carry out the service, well the church we went to also had another six weddings also planned for that day, and because of the elderly vicar who sadly was going deaf meant that we had to repeat many of the words over, again and in-between this the vicar asked us to speak up louder, (yes I'm sure your keeping up with me,) Well by now we were just short of almost shouting we eventually managed to complete the ceremony, exhausted, well the overlapping times of each wedding was running late, due to the vicar making many couple repeat after him, and so when new brides were turning up to be married the brides that were out side were also getting confused as to which car was for which bride, taking them away to their receptions, the scene was very much like a (carry on getting trying to get married film, ) almost a comedy but eventually the day ended up with all the newly wedded couples finally getting it sorted. So my question to you is have you experienced this, or have seen or heard of other people having a similar wedding day, situation, at least it is some thing my wife and I often laugh over, a real carry on, with real actors too?
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