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PostSubject: Get the Starting Blocks Out   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:02 pm

At the present time life here in BG is like being a contestant in a 100 metre athletics race. The weather is holding us all up from getting out into the garden and making a good start to getting the ground ready for planting vegetables. My starting blocks have been nailed down ready at the front door in readiness for the race and so far my body has arrived at the scene with the short sleeved shirt and shorts, albeit the shorts have a pair of Long John's underneath them, but no contestants because the weather has been so wretched to start any race.

With big plans for doing momentous jobs outside and inside the house, I have had to lower my standards and start using that thing called a paint brush. I cannot kick start my body until the heat arrives and then it is all systems go for action packed days until the Autumn, every day will be a challenge and conquest. Of course there won't be a knighthood at the end of it all, but the inevitable and hopeful praise from my own version of Katherine Zeeta Jones in the personage of Annette who will be plying me with drink and food to enable me complete all my jobs and rush past the finish line.

We all have our own way of doing things and what time of the day we do them, in my case nothing is started until the clock reaches double figures. I have always been the same and I can remember my father seeing me appearing from my bedroom at noon and making an appearance in the kitchen and then he uttered those all familiar words "
wait until you get in the armed forces, that will make man of you."
At family gatherings my uncles used to say the same thing to me and all my male cousins, it used to sound like a threat really and after having seen many films of the UK armed forces in action it would appear that they were telling us the truth.

I joined the Boy's Brigade when I was 13 and at that time the BB was a pre emptive introduction for the armed forces and we did Physical exercises which I didn't like and first aid which I enjoyed with great big bandages and put splints on other members. We put bandages and splints on one poor soul, his legs and arms were covered in the things and he couldn't move an inch, so given this situation we took it upon ourselves and put him on a stretcher and carried him outside and left him perched on the middle of a horse trough!! Can't remember what happened after that, except that we were called to report to our captain to explain ourselves.

On the good side, the BB had a band and I started playing the snare drum and ended up being the solo drummer for the 5th Thames Valley Company and solo drummer for our battalion. Eventually I bought a drum kit and set it all up in my bedroom, can't remember what my neighbours said about it now, but I used to play to my hearts content with earphones jammed over my ears. After much practice with the drum kit I made contact with a music agent and he sent me all over London as a freelance drummer playing with rock groups and dance bands. The Derby and Joan club in Wandsworth was a function never to be forgotten, I arrived late because I couldn't find the venue and heard the band playing before I walked in the dance hall and could hear them playing, but no drummer, so that was the right destination. After opening the door I was confronted with dozens of people dancing and an all woman dance band, my version of the "
Saint Bernard's Waltz"
is something else.

So I appear to have written quite a lot and still only half way through what I started out to write, so it is best if I split this blog into two parts, so to be continued . . . . . .
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PostSubject: Re: Get the Starting Blocks Out   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:04 pm

I understand that it has been raining today, so at least there will be no dust being kicked from you Itchy whilst you frantically sprint around the place lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Get the Starting Blocks Out   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:04 pm

Thank you again for another update on your life here, its always good to read what you write. s
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PostSubject: Re: Get the Starting Blocks Out   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:05 pm

Another lovely read and it went down well with a coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: Get the Starting Blocks Out   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:06 pm

Thanks for the share and a real interesting story.
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