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It’s snow joke!

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by Patrick O’Connor

NO, I don’t want any fuss, it’s nothing special, let’s just treat it as a normal day.   That was my firm assertion to my wife as my 60th birthday approached.

I don’t want to moan but…

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by Patrick O’Connor

Listen Here

GRUMPY Old Men is the title of a BBC television programme which allows well-known middle aged men to talk about issues of modern life which irritate them.  It subsequently led to a spin-off series, Grumpy Old Women.

Fashion & Culture: The Mods - Where Did They Come From?

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by Kane Western

Far apart from the golden age of 1950's America, 1950's Britain was still on rations, and struggling to get over the devastation suffered in World War II. However, for the British youth a new dawn was rising. Thanks to full employment and hire purchase and a new found freedom from National Service, the British youth was on their own two feet with money in their pocket and they wanted everybody to know about. A new movement known as the "teddy boys" was emerging across the UK, influenced by American Rock ‘n’ Roll and as Bill Haley's cult movie "Rock Around The Clock" premiered in the Trocadero in London's Elephant and Castle followed by outrage from the British establishment and joyous riots from the youths, the Ted movement was now alive and kicking.

Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers

by Patrick O'Connor

WHAT do the British do best when the dark nights creep in?

Why sit in front of the telly of course with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit!

My Dabble Into Landscape Painting

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by Andrew Caxton

My dabble into landscape painting showed me how much fun it can be to be creative.

When I was a small child, I would rise at the first light of dawn. I could not sleep past six, even when my parents begged and pleaded with me to just sleep a little longer. After they came to the conclusion that my internal clock was on its own time schedule, they decided that I could go ahead and get up, as long as I quietly watched television. This sounded good, but in reality, there was really nothing on at six on a Sunday morning. One morning, though, I came across a show with a strange French guy who was painting landscapes with oil paints.