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An Octogenarian in the modern world

Archive for August 2019

ANOTHER YOUTHFUL VIEW

August 28, 2019

A few days ago I met a grand-daughter of a fellow resident in this OPH. Asked to meet her at the station. Same request yesterday but different grand-daughter.  I learnt a bit more about modern female thought this time, because I spent an hour with GM and GD. Works in the caring profession. Studying psychology […]

PHOTOGRAPH AND TEETH

August 27, 2019

A busy day.! Daughter wants studio photograph of herself with father. Quite pleased that she should want it. Place hard to find but just managed the right time.  What a performance photography has become! Here is an image of the Brownie Box Camera that I owned as a boy. That was about 1939, but i […]

66 YEAR GAP

August 24, 2019

An interesting encounter! Fellow resident expects visit from grand-daughter. GD misses train, so arrives an hour late and misses planned lift from station. Will I help? Yes. GD told by mobile phone to look out for aged man with white beard. I can’t remember meeting a 22-year-old for ages. Not a long conversation but a […]

NO DEAL BREXIT. THE BENEFITS OF A STIMULATING EXPERIENCE.

August 20, 2019

The news has recently been concerned with the expected consequences of leaving the EU without any deal. Just how much disaster awaits us? A report was published over the week end (leaked, of course) which was full of gloom. It was dismissed by the government as out-of-date and failing to include the latest planning. Boris […]

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN DO IT, THEN YOU CAN DO IT.

August 13, 2019

I read those inspirational words in a book. Do they apply to octogenarians? Well, there are two ways to walk to the village from here. You can walk all the way on the road and you will be safe. Vehicles are used to avoiding pedestrians and if you look a bit tired somebody will always […]

WHAT HAPPENED TODAY?

August 12, 2019

One of my advisers on blogging said that it could be compared to writing a diary. Well, something happened to me this very day (11th October 2019) which I would like to mention, and it connects with my last post in which I told the world a little about myself I went   to church this […]

WHO IS THIS AOM? (Angry Old Man)

August 11, 2019

Learning about blogs is quite hard! I have found that I must include some pictures (videos are beyond me at present) and that it does no harm to identify myself. So let’s start with my Great Grandfather, John Elgood, who founded a brewery at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, England, about 1860 Here is a picture. If […]

MORE RAGE (ref Dylan Thomas poem)

August 7, 2019

It is great fun to realise that, in venting my octogenarian spleen against the things I hate, I am following the advice of the poet who  wrote “Rage, Rage against the dying of the light”. (Advice to old men.) How I loathe the concept of “marketing”. It is all about presenting the thing to be […]

‘RAGE , RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT’.

August 6, 2019

Dylan Thomas offers two alternatives responses to growing old. One can “Go gentle into that Goodnight’ or one can RAGE. Perhaps ones attitude changes as the end of the road gets, nearer, but right now I am all for raging. Rage against what? range against who? My present target is the appalling rate of change […]

OUT OF TOUCH! DOES IT MATTER?

August 5, 2019

Does matter that I am out of touch with the modern world? True? False? Matter to Me? Matter to anybody? We are all out of touch to some degree. There are people around who know nothing beyond sex, alcohol, and football. It does not seem to worry them. There are also people around whose views […]