RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents Association meet on August 6, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. Contact 01273 583123.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: This is on the first Saturday of each month, tomorrow, 10am to 11am, at the Civic Centre. No appointment necessary. Come along and see your local councillors.

FOOTNOTES: Ah. Nostalgia, how it can lead us astray. I have recently listened to a lot of people who have survived to enjoy the benefits of modern living, like myself and then spend their time telling me and anyone who will listen how marvellous the ‘old days’ were. Really. I remember the smog of London, where I lived. Shops in the nearby High Street that closed every year for two weeks holiday. No central heating and waking up in bedrooms that had ice on the inside of the windows in winter. Queuing for bread, etc., lightning strikes that blacked out lighting, both in streets and at home. Paying for all health treatment, (yes, I can remember then), rationing, no television, limited radio and of course no computers, washing machines, refrigerators, telephones only for those who could afford them, a pitiful few. And this was some sort of El Dorado? Thank goodness for this modern world, with all its faults. At least no children of mine are emulating my late father, who as a boy stood barefoot in an East End street waving a tattered paper Union Jack, as the Royals swept by in their Rolls. Good old days? Good riddance to them.
On a lighter note, Jack and myself betook ourselves to an open day at a nearby sheltered housing complex. Jack was forbidden entry, so I looked over the place myself. Very nice, but not for me, or Jack either apparently. We shall remain in our lovely, centrally heated, double glazed little cottage, enjoying the garden and still listening to my friends telling me how wonderful it used to be in days of yore. They can have it. Enjoy your week and go safely.

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