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A Smashing Time

Posted 13-02-2009 at 22:02 by West Ender

Laura had a friend for tea today, Savannah, she's a nice kid and well behaved; polite and good natured. They came home from school and went to play in Laura's room then came down for their tea. After tea they started playing with a huge exercise ball Nik won in a raffle at work last week. They were bouncing on it like a space-hopper, had to be told a couple of times to keep away from the telly but they were having fun.

Now, to set the scene. In my hall, at the bottom of the stairs, I have a glass-fronted display cabinet. Inside is my collection of crystal ornaments, some small vintage silver items left to me by my aunt, her 1920s (but cracked) coffee set, my mum's silver-plated tea service and a few china items.
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Musical Progress

Posted 04-02-2009 at 21:26 by West Ender

Laura got a new clarinet music book today. She has finished the first one and can now play 11 notes including the newest one - bottom A.

The new book has about 20 short pieces, on the first few pages, that she just skipped through easily but the great thing is then comes to tunes that we all know. Several Christmas carols, a few Nursery Rhyme tunes and also "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Little Boxes" (made of ticky-tacky - Pete Seager - you remember?) and various others similar. She played them all; I was delighted.

She has only been learning 4 months and she's competent with her instrument and can sight-read music. It says a lot for her talent and, also, for the ability and skill...
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When I'm Calling Yoo-oo.........

Posted 29-01-2009 at 21:52 by West Ender

I have an inborn love of music. When I say that, I mean music of all kinds. I have my favourites, of course, but I can sit and listen to Dvorak or Dorsey, Gilbert & Sullivan or Gershwin, Mahler or Miller and be transported by them all. I'll be sent into rapture by Grieg then, half an hour later, wallow in Elvis. I hum to myself when doing the housework and it may be The Beach Boys or Verdi.

Well, tonight I've been trawling Youtube, which I frequently do. I'll let you into a secret, I have dozens of Youtube clips in my Favourites so that's where I was. I played a couple of early Elvis tracks, then Tommy Dorsey's "Song of India" then I went to an old favourite, Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy in "Rose...
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The Bakehouse and Other Memories

Posted 28-01-2009 at 22:20 by West Ender
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I was talking to Big Brother # 1 on the phone today. As we chatted, we started to recall things from long ago, as you do, I'm 66 and he's 75 so the past can often be more interesting than what's happening now.

We were talking about our Aunt Elsie who had a baker's shop in West End, about a quarter of a mile up Blackburn Rd. from our house. Of course, BB1 remembers much more than I as my parents and brothers lived with our aunt for a while when they first relocated from Derby, in 1941, before I was born. Auntie Elsie had to sell up, for financial reasons connected with my grandfather's intestacy, and move to Church when I was about 5 but I do have memories of her West End Shop.

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Late Riser

Posted 12-01-2009 at 21:46 by West Ender

For most of my life I got up early and was out and about at the crack of dawn. Right back to when I was at Paddock House I can well remember getting up at 7, when the rest of the family was still asleep, getting ready and having breakfast alone and catching the 8.05 a.m. 267 Ribble bus from West End to the Palladium. I never saw my family in a morning. I got to school by 8.20 but that was fine by me.

When I worked in Bury I had to get the bus to Accrington and then the train. I, again, got up alone and was always in time for the 7.25 train to Manchester which meant catching the 46 bus at 7.12 and really legging it up Eagle St to the station. A good run (in 3" stilettoes too) along The Rock, in Bury, meant I was at work by...
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