2020

As part of our transport and removal contract with Sotheby’s we were responsible for clearing deceased estates. One such job was a big old house in Pittville Park in Cheltenham. Together with John Harvey, a Sotheby’s valuation expert, I undertook a survey of saleable items....

In every workplace there is someone who seems to be incapable of completing a job. In the factory where I served my apprenticeship we had one called ‘Half a job Harry’ If he drew some equipment from the store, he would use it then he...

My friend Dave had a lot of contacts at Aphrodite Hills and there was always some painting and decorating work if I wanted it. While carrying out the restoration of a villa up there, I was approached by Mrs. Drew. She wanted the outside of...

With the threat of certain death from lack of social distancing during the Covid19 pandemic, people went into self isolation. Working from home, not going out, not seeing friends or relations, it was hell! Couples who had been together for years suddenly discovered that they...

As you leave Cheltenham on the A40 towards Oxford the road climbs through Charlton Kings village to the reservoir at Dowdeswell on the left. On the right hand side of the road is a turning for Dowdeswell Village. When I was young in the late...

The middle of winter was upon us and in Lapland a system that had been in full swing for six months was drawing to a close. It was Christmas Eve, the weather was foul, rain, fog, snowstorms, high winds you name it and it was...

The planet known to us as Earth was spent, the air quality was less than fifty per cent of what was required to maintain the life forms that were still left on there. With the global warming that occurred in the twenty first century had...

Phillip slammed the phone down, he was angry, why couldn’t anybody see the situation like he could? He would call his parents back later and apologise but for now he had stormed off into the garden to be alone and try to make sense of...

It was the early 1800’s in the days of the wild west in the United States of America, there was a lot of trouble between the white settlers and the true Americans – the Native Indians! The U.S. army were patrolling the countryside in small...