One who did not Return for VE Day World War 2 Alans Story

I recently watched a moving and informative program made by the famous English footballer Gary Lineker about his grandad who served in the medical corps in WW2. He was in the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy on Sept 9/10 1943. He was a caring and brave man who did his very best to help the wounded and dying in that terrible event. My granddad’s brother Alan Atherton was one of the dying. Perhaps Gary Lineker’s grandad was there at the end for Alan. It was a program that shed more light on a story that is much overlooked.
This is Alan’s story:

One who did not Return for VE Day World War 2 Alans Story

I recently watched a moving and informative program made by the famous English footballer Gary Lineker about his grandad who served in the medical corps in WW2. He was in the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy on Sept 9/10 1943. He was a caring and brave man who did his very best to help the wounded and dying in that terrible event. My granddad’s brother Alan Atherton was one of the dying. Perhaps Gary Lineker’s grandad was there at the end for Alan. It was a program that shed more light on a story that is much overlooked.
This is Alan’s story:

Sandy Denny The Lady remembered in a fine biography

With the routine of life on hold one pleasurable aspect of this dreadful situation we are all now in is that I can enjoy some extra time for reading and writing. I had for some time been meaning to read : I’VE ALWAYS KEPT A UNICORN: THE BIOGRAPHY OF SANDY DENNY by Mick Houghton. So,Continue reading “Sandy Denny The Lady remembered in a fine biography”

Allied Landing at Salerno Italy World War 2 Alans Story

I recently watched a moving and informative program made by the famous English footballer Gary Lineker about his grandad who served in the medical corps in WW2. He was in the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy on Sept 9/10 1943. He was a caring and brave man who did his very best to help the wounded and dying in that terrible event. My granddad’s brother Alan Atherton was one of the dying. Perhaps Gary Lineker’s grandad was there at the end for Alan. It was a program that shed more light on a story that is much overlooked.
This is Alan’s story:

French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket & Brief Encounters

I have started writing in this imposed isolation my new book about our travels in Normandy & Brittany. Coincidentally I was watching the English version of Antiques Roadshow recently and it produced a blast from my past as well as reminding me of people we have encountered in France, in this case Normandy, under theContinue reading “French Travels, Springsteen, Cricket & Brief Encounters”

Joseph Shabalala Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the pure Joy of Music

Although I want to be writing more of my book today I cannot let pass by the sad news of the death of Joseph Shabalala, who brought the South African vocal harmony group Ladysmith Black Mambazo to World popularity particularly with his incredible, brave and unique contribution to Paul Simon’s Graceland.

Hemingway Midnight in Paris and a taste of History

Writing about Paris throws up too many ideas and most of them are very personal and I wonder does anyone want to read such personal memoirs. Which brings me to Hemingway and the Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ which is basically a Paris travel advertisement ( and no less enjoyable for that) based on Hemingway’s book ‘A Moveable Feast’. We watched the film again for about the fiftieth time over Christmas. Hemingway’s book is a memoir of his time in Paris in the 1920’s with his first wife Hadley and their young son.

Allied Landing at Salerno Italy World War 2 Alans Story

I recently watched a moving and informative program made by the famous English footballer Gary Lineker about his grandad who served in the medical corps in WW2. He was in the Allied landings at Salerno, Italy on Sept 9/10 1943. He was a caring and brave man who did his very best to help the wounded and dying in that terrible event. My granddad’s brother Alan Atherton was one of the dying. Perhaps Gary Lineker’s grandad was there at the end for Alan. It was a program that shed more light on a story that is much overlooked.
This is Alan’s story:

Ancestry Genealogy Researching my new book Solving problems Part 3

The area that needs patience and persistence is in trying to find extra information from local newspapers. In the cases of Thomas Ashburner, John Ashburner, Roger Orrell, James Atherton and Alan Atherton I was able to discover so much extra detail and find events that were buried deep in the past that turned their storiesContinue reading “Ancestry Genealogy Researching my new book Solving problems Part 3”