Category Archives: History

A Rat, A Pea Man and a Bit of A.I.

Five am, the sun rises over the cornfield and the last thing you need to see is a drowned rat in a cattle trough. But hey ho, it happens. As I fished the rat corpse out of the trough I … Continue reading

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What’s So Special About the Past?

The alarm clacks its two bells at six am and I can hear Chuck Berry’s, ‘My Ding a Ling’ playing somewhere in the house. Normally I go back to sleep – I am only fifteen and a full day in … Continue reading

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Memories, Smells and The Bus

The aroma of the bus. I have never been able to identify it. Plastic seats soaked in decayed human sweat, a definite metal acidity and stale smoke? But at six o’clock in the unearthly hours of 1973, it was easy. … Continue reading

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Oh! The Working Men’s Club

Picture this. A warm alluring bar, rich, mellow music, intimate seating and culinary delights to tease your taste buds into a frenzy. Well, a Working Men’s Club wasn’t quite like that. When I was a lad this was our Sunday … Continue reading

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To Flee or to Fight

The sun creeps over the mountain ridge, casting its first shadow deep into the canyon – far away in the distance a blur is moving fast with the speed and agility of a Pronghorn. Look closer and you see someone … Continue reading

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Sexual Awakening

If you have a disinclination towards sex, then it may be prudent of you to ‘click’ close now. One dark cold night last week I was reminiscing to an age gone by and ‘the sexual awakening.’ I was eleven or … Continue reading

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Another Old Girl

“That’s the best Curry I have had in 44 years,” I said. The waiter, quite possibly the owner of the Kashmir Restaurant in Bradford gave me one of those looks. I’m kinda used to them by now. He appeared to … Continue reading

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Going Back, Haworth, the Bronte’s and a Sticky Toffee Pudding

I doubt there will ever be a Parkrun in Haworth and the Bronte Sisters must have had  calf muscles to die for! In 1973 many people thought the Hovis advert had been filmed in Haworth but it was actually filmed … Continue reading

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My First Valentine

I had considered a brooch but I wasn’t my Grandad and this was 1972. A brooch was hardly Rock’n’Roll. Gazing around the jewelers I was confounded by the amount glittering  remuneration a boy could extend to a girl and decided … Continue reading

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So, Your Uterus Didn’t Drop Out?

She ran and she ran, her heart was beating too fast, she knew this but kept going. She made the 200m line, 400 meters, 800 meters, shattering the mile record, still she ran, and then it happened. Her uterus fell … Continue reading

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