Wednesday, 31 December 2014


The title says it all.  When out with Aidan and he use the toilet before we leave, I used this expression without even realizing and only later - when he recounted it to Kris (finding it VERY funny) - did I realize I said it.

Come to think of it, and keeping with the bathroom humour, the old boy was the only person to regularly use the word piddle regularly, though no doubt Paul does now...

Friday, 26 December 2014

Christmas hat-trick

Mum had no prime playbacks last night so, as a precaution, I recorded an old To the Manor Born Christmas special which she watched. Dad used to tell us to "pipe down" during the opening sequence and would then remark on the supposed cleverness of the imagery depicting aristocratic country life.

I was reminded of the old boy earlier when a pen came spilling out of a cracker: "I'll have that for the office". Then when we returned from our dark plod around the village I asked everyone as I locked up: "No-one's going out again, are they?".

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Dad's carol

I was listening to a CD of carols by the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band in t' car this morning (as we do in Yorkshire at this time of year) when Christians Awake came on. That's Dad's carol. The service at Park on Christmas Day would always start with the tune and, because of its range, he had to hop and down the octaves throughout. I can see him now: leaning slightly forward, smiling and raising his eyebrows at us lot further down the pew. Happy days. Happy Christmas.

Pic of the day: Still remember riding that bike - and the steel brake connectors.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Physical jerks

Any unnecessary, disruptive and over-elaborate move made by a child particularly one that is obstructive.

I found myself saying this when Bertie was doing contortions on the stool as we were getting Balderdash set up last Saturday.

Pic of the day: Here are a couple of bathing beauties c 1975. Pity about the quality of the pic - but I think we know Mum's bikini is bright red from previous evidence.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Gently, Bentley

A expression for advising caution or care in a manoeuvre. Who was Bentley, I wonder?

Pics of the day: Here are two of Adam in contrasting moods, it seems. I think the youth shot was taken c 1975 in Pembrokeshire. We all remember the other one, of course, from being on top of Mum's wardrobe for donkey's years.