Wednesday, 3 August 2011

'Britain is no country for old men' - a blog that has been worth a comment or two

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 :
Britain is a country where old men say "goodbye" to Flick Colby who, with 'Pan's People', brightened their lives as young men in the 1970's

English Rider said :
'It was never about their dancing abilities but I'm sure she brightened a few lives.'

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Britain is no country for Churchill's English

My posting was based on my memory of reading in school assembly at the age of 18 in 1965. Winston Churchill had died the day before and the Headmaster changed my planned reading at the last momemt to Churchill's memories of his school days.

Anonymous said :
'I thought I recognised the place when I chanced on the photos whilst surfing the 'net. The assembly hall at Eltham Green school. I was in the audience on that day in 1965. I was 13 at the time. Good for you. I would have been terrified!'

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Britain is still a country which remembers its 'Old Soldiers' like 109 years old Claude Choules

Anonymous said :
'So Claude is now the last surviving combatant of WWI, following the death of Frank Buckles on February 27th, and it's his 110th the day after the day after tomorrow. The way the last living sinews of history melt away brings tears to my eyes.'

Friday, 31 December 2010
Britain says "Happy Birthday" to two old actors called Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins

Juliette Morgan said :
'These two actors have something unusual in common - for the part of Ghandi, Anthony Hopkins was in fact first choice for the role. Hopkins rejected the role for the sake of professional integrity, believing that he could not make a convincing or credible Ghandi.'

Sunday, 19 December 2010
Britain is a country where celebrity 'older' women like Ann Widecombe and Pamela Stephenson can give pleasure to millions with their dancing

English Rider said :
Ann Widdecombe was a guest on The Graham Norton Show last night. In response to his question about how she felt that she would be known for her dancing rather than her political career she responded (paraphrased) that he should not discount the idea that she can have many other memorable moments still to experience. Her life is far from over. I thought it was a great response.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Britain is still a country for old men like Chris Irven who do cliff jumping

Chris Irwen said :

Thanks, Johnboy. A few points, if I may: the press didn't get it all correct. I wasn't badly hurt: shocked, yes. My family did not urge me not to do it; they were diving with me as we had done dozens of times from that point. My sons were trying to make my dive more stylish - vain hope - but a swallow dive is not backwards. I should have kept my own council. On my 2038-mile cycle for Help for Heroes I have now raised £23,000 - see wordpress for full story. I'm now considering my next charity - wife permitting. Isn't there one for families of soldiers who didn't come back? Advice welcome, preferably constructive.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Britain, once a country for a young Alan Bennett is no longer a country for the old one

Bernard said :
'I do like a great deal of Alan's work but.... a lot of it is a bit disturbing for me. I am now 68 and need to get a good night sleep and not lie awake worrying about Britain's ills. I have all of those 'talking books' and could listen to Alan for hours. No, Britain is no longer a country for me either. I now refer to myself as English. England can still be a country for us old'uns'.

Thursday, 8 July 2010
Britain is no country for either old men, young men or anyone not immune to the noise of loud car exhausts

Mark Damaroyd said :
'Fascinating stuff! As a British expat living in Thailand, and writing novels set in England and Thailand, I realise even more what I miss and what I don't miss about my homeland.'

Monday, 28 June 2010
Britain is a country whose old men are living longer and longer and in terms of longevity, are catching up with its women

Nina said :
'Oh..I had to put my glasses on to see the picture...funny.'

Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Britain is still a country where old men who eat bananas can become new dads

Isabella Golightly said :
'Two for the price of one. I love it.'

Thursday, 18 March 2010
Britain is a country where old men can enjoy spring sun

On reading my quote from an e.e.cummings poem, my daughter said :
'You taught me that one as a kid, together with 'the bloody orknies' and 'My baby 'as gone down de plug'ole.'
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Old men in the U.S.A. - beware the 'Searle Freedom Trust' - no friend of yours
Pash at the Searle Freedom Foundation said :
'Johnboy, thank you for pointing out our grammar errors - we fixed them promptly upon seeing your post. I think you will find that the real story here is far less nefarious and heartless than what you portray. I think we'll all agree that something has to change as demographics get older worldwide. The question is what, and the good thing about this world is that we get to have a discussion about it all, eh? Be well and keep up the good work.'

1 comment:

  1. How interactive your blog has become. This post must have been a lot of work. Do you have comments sent to you by email? It took me a while to discover that, if I clicked on the "subscribe by email" option I would know, even months later, if someone left a comment. Then I could respond to them. Comments and responses are such a large part of the attraction of blogging for me.