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Laughs from the past last longest

I have no desire to turn into the blogging man’s name-dropping David Niven. But some of one’s best experiences involve meeting those who are supposed to be special…yet turn out to be anything but. So this is where I’m recording some of the silliest episodes from my life. In amongst these will be a few that are tragic, but by and large you should think of this page as a celebration of the ridiculous, the risible, and the golden rule: that a great deal of humour is generated by the difference between human hubris and human achievement

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Myparents got together (not in the contemporary sense, I hasten to add) on New Year’s Eve 1940. The Blitz was in full swing in Manchester and, having met at a dance, they were later forced to take shelter from the … Continue reading →

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As most of you probably didn’t notice, Jerry Lee Lewis (left) got married five weeks ago….for the seventh time. Lee Lewis isn’t quite the world’s oldest rocker – on December 5th this year, the inimitable Little Richard will be 80 … Continue reading →

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The Paddington 431 I was about six months away from retirement on that October morning in 1999, when my local commuter train chugged into Reading station. Five or six tracks away, I could see the high speed Inter-City Great Western … Continue reading →

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Dentists and me: A brief history I’m not fond of dentists. I don’t have any kind of phobia about them, and they’re a long way up the evolutionary tree for me from bankers, lawyers, accountants and politicians. But I have … Continue reading →

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My great-grandmother was called Mary Mountain. She gave birth to something of a libertine called Melissa. She in turn produced my mum, Mildred. That side of the family were obviously a bit OCD about the letter M. Even my mother … Continue reading →

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On April 15th – only five weeks from now – it will be a century since the Titanic sank. What I would ask you to remember is that, the first time I asked my Grandad about this incident, he was … Continue reading →

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Books, covers, etc When I joined the JWT ad agency in London during the Autumn of 1971, one of the first accounts I was asked to cut my teeth on was the South African Wine Farmers Association (SAWFA). This presented … Continue reading →

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I’ve lost count of how many times the Met Police during the late 1970s – they were an advertising client of mine at the time – told me that the West Indian community in Brixton wasn’t a problem. “They have,” … Continue reading →

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Glienicker Bridge, south-west Berlin In July 1965, I went on an exchange visit to West Berlin, as it then was. My job while there was to tend the gardens and paths of Glienicker Park, a place of weekend relaxation for … Continue reading →

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There were various rock singers I wanted to be in 1973. High among these was James Taylor, a bloke whose melodies I always found irresistible. 1973 I remember as a time after the Oz Trial and before Skunk when there … Continue reading →

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Early in 1972, I was working as a consumer researcher at the J. Walter Thompson ad agency in Berkeley Square, London. Although my main task was to test new commercials to check they were communicating effectively, from time to time … Continue reading →

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An encounter with Bob the Bouncing Czech Welcome to the first in a new series. I’m creating a new page at The Slog allowing me to enjoy some R&R – while hopefully at the same time entertaining Sloggers with some … Continue reading →

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