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Family Album 12

This photo is of uncle Jimmy with aunty Miri, his older sister, in 1932. Jimmy must be about 10 and Miri is about 11. Nan and granddad had four children: Miri (April 1921), Jimmy (autumn 1922), mum (January 1928) and … Continue reading

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Removing, replacing without recognising and explaining

When I first read Why the Rijksmuseum Is Removing Bigoted Terms from Its Artworks’ Titles by Carey Dunne here I thought the act outrageous. I felt that such acts would damage the art by removing the cultural contexts they were … Continue reading

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A photo a day – no more chips

I got up and drove the two miles to St Christopher’s Hospice getting there at about 9.15am expecting the usual day of sitting with mum interspersed with tea in the Hospice’s garden. The nurse told me that mum had been … Continue reading

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A photo a day – history, memory and photos

I went to see mum this morning. I took two photos with me to place on her wall so staff would only see mum as Jean – the elderly patient dying of Peritoneal Cancer in room 7 of Ruby Ward … Continue reading

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A photo a day – Beckenham Recreation Ground

This photo is of the bandstand in Beckenham Recreation ground. I don’t think I’ve been in this park in 20 years, even though its not very far from me, but as a young teenager it was a regular haunt. The … Continue reading

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The Excalibur Estate

The recent visit to St Mark’s Church, in Catford and on the edge of the North Downham Estate and the place of my baptism in 1958 led to an amazing find: the Excalibur estate. It all started with my visiting … Continue reading

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A photo a day – travelling back in time

When at my parents for lunch last Friday we got talking about family events. One of which was my baptism and mum told me that I was baptised at St Mark’s Church in Castillon Road, Catford SE6 on the North … Continue reading

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A photo a day – place, activity and identity

So Sunday’s usually mean the following for me: get the papers, avoid buying sweets, then read the papers all morning with football punditry on the TV in the background;  enjoy a family roast dinner followed my more reading and football … Continue reading

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