Thursday 3 August 2023
Tuesday 9 May 2023
I was born in 1939 so was old enough to be interested in the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
I remember the build up to the Coronation was immense and there was so much excitement.
My dad built a television for the occasion, parties were planned, bunting and flags were hung and the whole country seemed to be holding its breath waiting for The Day. The icing on The Day itself was the announcement that Edmund Hillary had conquered Everest.
I was comparing the atmosphere this time and why there didn't seem to be the same excitement, in my view. I think it was because the queen was so young, with small children and she had no expectations or grooming to be queen - it was thrust upon her by her uncle's actions.
Also, we had not long come out of a world war, there was still some rationing and the country had been working so hard to get back on its feet after so much loss. It was almost like a release of emotions of the entire population.
I'm lucky to have experienced two coronations but this one was spent quietly on the river instead of in front of the television, although we did fly some flags!
Saturday 23 November 2019
Monday 6 August 2018
Pixie, (photos taken from Pixie)
and latterly Melinda (photos taken on Melinda)
to either win or be among the top three in other races.
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Saturday 30 December 2017
5 February - I feel so sad about this but I tried to do all the right things, even though I knew in my heart this would happen!
Monday 4 September 2017
Memories stirred, must be over 60 years ago at 37 Watcombe Road, Southbourne a play written by me and my brothers to perform for parents and (maybe, I can't remember) close neighbours.
The play was typed on a manual typewriter with handwritten edits on paper which had obviously come home with my father from his work as the back has technical stuff printed, probably on a Gestetner duplicator and a date of 1946!
Our parents obviously treasured our work enough to keep it and reading the pantomime after all these years, it wasn't too bad!
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