Monday Memories – Beginnings #5: Learning the Hard Way

Life at home continued to be more or less idyllic for my sister and I. There were exceptions. I remember, when I was about 6 and my sister a toddler, how I almost blinded her. Continue reading Monday Memories – Beginnings #5: Learning the Hard Way

What Would You Do Differently if You Could?

For me it was becoming a shop-keeper. I’d taken up politics in a big way and took the opportunity my employer provided to take voluntary redundancy. What to  do with that lump sum? Why, open a shop, of course! Nothing wrong with the idea in principle, nor the detailed plan – if only we’d stuck to the plan! Instead we were seduced by a man who had a small shop selling his home made ready meals. He was moving into larger commercial premises and needed someone to take on the lease of his shop and continue to sell his products … Continue reading What Would You Do Differently if You Could?