Category Archives: Old People

lost

After being looked after at my sister’s house I was dropped off by the river to walk a stretch into Newcastle city centre.  There were loads of brightly coloured huts on a ledge above the river, used for housing pigeons.  I found John there.  John has been made redundant after working for 41 years.  He [...]
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hartlepool

A lady in the next village from mine when I was younger had a stocky grey pony called Hartlepool who pulled a cart around the countryside, and ever since I’ve liked the name.   So Hartlepool became the next destination.  The excellent and cheap Grand Central train line runs through it direct from London, and [...]
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a long way up

I came to Carlisle because some people on a yacht on Lake Winderemere said I should.  It’s far north and near to Hadrian’s Wall, built by the Romans to keep the barbarian Scots out (or in).  Carlisle is very cold and very wet.  There was a Caribbean night at the racecourse so I went there [...]
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yesterday

After chatting to some lovely old people in Morecambe, who said the classics like ‘It’s not like it was in my day’ and ‘Young people today don’t know they’re born’ I got the bus to Windermere in the Lake District.  Another beautiful place, but for some reason a lot of things were annoying me, like [...]
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pretty nice

Pretty pretty Buxton.  It was nice.  I’ve been reading a book called Watching the English by Kate Fox where she talks about our love of the word ‘nice’ – it suits our moderate approach to most things, she says.  Possibly true.  The chapter I’m reading at the moment is about pets  It’s worth reproducing this [...]
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buses and buxton

Yesterday Pauline and Alan said I should go to Buxton next, so that’s what I did.  I took a bus from Stoke to Leek, where I had to wait for the next bus so I went for pie, peas and gravy at a cafe.  A crooked old man shuffled in alone and ordered a cup [...]
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