Location: Hungerford, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Ex-Solicitor who suffered a stroke in 2001. Am divorced and have two kids - Sarah who is 27 and Christopher, 25. Norman is my partner now and we like to get around as much as possible.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

January 2006

Hello 2006.
Sarah came back from Florida on the 3rd and we were going to go to Birmingham for the day on the 4th, but I had an epileptic fit in the morning and so we thought it better for me to recover gently, so she went alone. I felt a lot better by the evening but am now suffering from a permanent neuropathic pain down my right side (which I cannot feel, so it’s damned confusing). Hopefully it will go away before too long.
Sarah went back to Singapore on the 6th. She is never home long, that girl, but I can’t imagine her settling back to life in England. Christopher is doing well at PWC and I will be glad when he has got his qualifications and doesn’t have to study so much. He is even giving up his rowing as it is too time-demanding to stay at the level he wants to row at.
On the 14th we went to Mike and Pearl’s for a potato and filling supper to raise money for Cancer Research. There were many old friends there and we raised quite a lot.
On the 19th Norman, Anthea and I took the train to London where we were to stay as guests at Annabel’s time share flat in the West End. Annabel had sorted out a hectic schedule for us and in the afternoon we went to the Royal Academy in Piccadilly to see an exhibition of 17th century Chinese art and culture – absolutely stunning. The evening found us at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Woman in White. I was very impressed – especially with the set being projected onto plain flats. The singing was good too. The next day we went to the Natural History Museum to see an exhibition of wild life photographs, winners of the Time Life awards. For all these museum visits, I get a wheelchair which Norman pushes and it is a lot more comfortable than walking round. After that we went and had a look round the Brompton Oratory, where I had never been before and on to an Italian restaurant, much used by Princess Diana and her kids, for lunch, before back to Paddington to catch the train home.
Not content with that, in the evening, we went to a silent film show at the Croft Hall (Buster Keaton’s The General) which was raising funds for a new arts complex in Marlborough. A very entertaining evening – and they even had a man playing the piano, just like the good old days.
The Bear Hotel, Hungerford has been bought by a family concern and they have spent a fortune refurbishing it (I believe they found a load of asbestos too). It now looks really great, and the food is reputed to be better as well. In order to prove this, Ken and Sylvia invited us for a dinner on the 21st and true – it is now a very recommendable eatery. Maybe Michael Winner might even go there.
The 29th we hosted Pat and Mary from Witney for lunch. I got some old photos out and bored the pants (not literally) off Norman, so he and Pat went through a load of music.


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