Snigger in twiglet.
Snigger in twiglet.
My old man always used the phrase improvement means deterioration to describe the "benefits" of automation and technology.It's funny how one's thinking changes over time. My first passport, aged 16 for a solo visit paid for from my full.time job earnings to see my German gf who I had met when she was an au pair in mid.Wales was a British Visitor's Passport...a bit of cardboard obtainable from Post Offices for short visits abroad...I can't remember if the question 'Any distinguishing marks ? was on the form, but it must have been when I got my first proper, black, passport a year or so later. At the time I dearly wanted to include something to make me seem interesting, though I couldn't. Now I know the value of being as indistinguishable as possible on any kind of 'ID' or 'trace'...not because I am some sort of wanted criminal, because I know that the less known by those who want to, the better.
I think I might have mentioned this story before, forgive me if I have.Mine got out of the pit in 1938..joined the RN as a Pom Pom gunner. After the war went back underground. Died from coal dust in his lungs and the 40 woodbine a day he smoked.. I was 8 years old when he died.. Devastated as I thought he was invincible.
I guess the absence of daylight was the only difference to being on the surface .I think I might have mentioned this story before, forgive me if I have.
I went to a bar in a tourist resort in Spain about 25 years ago, it was owned by a British bloke and was all done up in mining regalia and stuff. It was a quiet sunny afternoon and me and the owner got chatting, he had been a miner almost all his life but was made redundant in the 1980s when he moved to Spain.
Looking to wind him up I said "You're not a big fan of Mrs Thatcher I suppose", just then his happy grandkids came running in from the beach, all suntanned and covered in sand. He looked at them and then said to me "I went down into a filthy black hole half a mile under Coventry at the age of 15, and I went there every working day of my life until I got laid off and used the money to buy this place."
He lifted his glass and said "God bless you Maggie!"