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Introduction and list of all posts

This memoir is about people, places, things and events I once knew. It might not always be about Yorkshire, nor entirely based on memories, but most of it is. 

I rarely post in chronological sequence. A piece set in the nineteen-seventies might be followed by one about the nineteen-fifties. This page therefore lists and links all posts roughly in period and date order, although some may span more than one period.

Some items simply attempt to remember people and experiences, others try to give things a humorous slant, and some are of the “look how the world has changed” kind. Among my favourites are Dad’s Thursday Helper and M Dunham Are Crap which cover some of my earliest times and Uncle Jimmy which is more journalistic. I enjoyed researching and writing The Exorcist which I hope is at least mildly humorous. Lookin’ for a ‘Feet’ is more polemical. So far there are couple of stories which, although fictional, are based on real-life situations, such as A Silly Christmas Love Story. Probably none of my posts are really ‘finished’ – they never are. As I said at the beginning, you think you are going to be the next Alan Bennett but soon realise you’re no better than Tony.

Past and Future 

Bath Hospital 1839
Uncle Jimmy
The Airship in the Shed
Mum's Little Bear

The Man With The Hebrew Bible
Carolus II Dei Gratia Mag Br Fra et Hib Rex
Grandad Dunham’s Flight Simulator

Tips, Ships and Executorships
Haunted Houses  
The Restless Friend 


Gram Motherem
Dad’s Thursday Helper
My Picture Book of Ships
Donkey Stone
Crossbar Excursions
In praise of bicycles
Cartophilic Concerns
Old Tools

The Old Apple Tree 
M Dunham Are Crap

Colours I See With
Get back on t’land whe’re y’belong
Talk like a pirate
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge
Philately will get you nowhere

Be Prepared
Back In Time For The Weekend 1
Dad’s 1950s Films

Teenage Years

Airfix Modelling
Developing, Printing and a trip to London
Doing the Pools
Reel-to-Reel Recordings
Lookin’ for a ‘feet’
Knockout, Knowledge and Arthur Mee
Home Chemistry and Explosives Precursors
School Chemistry
A Silly Christmas Love Story
Tackling Rugby
Jim Laker, Mr. Ellis and the Eagle Annual
In England They Eat Cat Food
Votre Billet, Monsieur?
Belgian Youth Abroad
Peyton Place and Top Deck Shandy 
The Great Cigarette Machine Robbery
Teenage ‘X’ Certificate

Hedge Trimmer Safety 1968  
Hornsea Pottery 

Late Teens and Early Twenties

A family tragedy
Vulgar Money Bags
Playlist: Fixing a Hole
Heathkit AD-27 
The Ghost of Airmyn Crossings

The Real Marigold Hotel
Partners and Seniors
Posters on the Wall
The Phone Phreak
Weekend in College

One Man's Week 1974 
The Exorcist
Back In Time For The Weekend 2
Strange Brew (Back in Time 3)
Eric Kershaw’s Guitar Class
Road to the Isles


The Ascent of Man 
Lytton Strachey

Help, my courgette looks like a duck!  
Keith Richard’s Lost Weekend
‘A’ Level English 1977
‘A’ Level Geography 1977
Recording Artiste
Philip Larkin’s Foot
The Mighty Micro
Jumped Down Catholics

Top of the Pops 1983
Talbot Samba
Hi there Duggy! 
Not Seeing Pink
Dill in Mustard Sauce 


The Riddle of the £30 Restaurant Bill
Siemens A55 

Off Topic and Technical

Adsense, Blogger and YouTube
Side by Side Images in Blogger 

Alt-0247 and Rule
Supermarket Loyalty Badge Scheme

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