1981: New jobs, new colleagues and new homes

Monday 27th July 1981

Midland Damp Proofing Treatment

I can’t wait for this job to be finished. I got back to Pritchatts Road around 12 and decided to do some leafleting this afternoon. We are targeting the terraced streets of Kings Heath and Selly Oak. I have to hope that one in a thousand take up the offer of a new damp course as the solution to their Edwardian house damp problems. I have no idea if what I am offering is any good but they are paying me 1p per leaflet posted for the rest of this week. I reckon I can get around 5000 delivered by Friday. On Wednesday I am helping on one successful job in Selly Oak. We have to lift the floor boards and work from the inside on the new damp course. I have no idea how that works either and to be honest, I don’t particularly care, as long as it is legal and I get paid. The money will pay for the tickets to the test match on Friday. Studs and Mas are coming up to watch the second day of the test at Edgbaston. Studs is bringing a copy of the Thornbury Gazette. It will have a report on the game last Saturday. I know what it says because we wrote the report, but it is good to see it in print.

Went for a pint in the Plough in Harborne. Got back to find the post had details of possible accommodation in Milton Keynes. I will leave this to next week and go up to check them out in person. The job offer recommends getting somewhere to live in Bletchley and there are schemes to provide key workers accommodation. I will need to check what that means with the council.

No one left in the rooms. Will need to move out by the end of the week after, by the 8th of August.


1975: Pilning cricket and some best elevens

Saturday 14th June 1975

No exams to revise for. All is done, so today was all about the cricket. Rode my bike to Pilning at 11 to help mark out the boundary. Kevin was doing the final rolling and Sharon and Mrs Lloyd were on teas today. Came home for some dinner and back up for 1.30.

Played against Oldbury but we lost. I like playing against them, they have some old football mates like Frenchy playing for them. We should have won the game but somehow they scored the runs needed by slogging at the end, I batted O.K. but slowly, for 15 but no one else scored any better. Had a couple of shandies after the game and we had a team Chinese in the pavilion. Topics of conversation in the bar included the EU referendum, The I.R.A. and the National Front. Tomorrow we are playing Southmead Hospital, a much easier game and hopefully I will get a decent bat.

The West Indies beat the Australians in the World Cup and England hammered East Africa.


Hello again

Here we go again. It has been a while since I wrote anything that someone else might read but it is now time for me to inflict my ramblings on a wider audience again. Football and Real Ale is now finished, dead, gone, consigned to the past. I do get a nagging in my ear most weekends for the latest beer and pub information. Let me make it clear. I don’t have any latest news, I do not follow all the pubs like I used to do. I do not maintain my data base of information. I enjoy my Saturdays drinking with friends, watching the Gas and wandering to new places without the thought of commenting on the pub the day after. I have found avoidance techniques for the times when the group gets too large. If you want my opinion on a pub or places to drink please feel free to ask but remember I do not visit them regularly and my info. is now as out of date as those of CAMRA.

So why this blog?

I enjoy the writing bit. It is cathartic for me. I like to put ideas in to some form of written word. I have been writing for myself, thoughts and ideas mostly about where I live. I know that I have a very loose grasp of English Grammar. I have never had the patience to check if the verb agrees with the noun or if the tense is consistent with the voice. To me all that gets in the way of expressing what I want to say. In the last year or so I have had plenty of time to think of other things. I would now like to share them. I don’t really care that much if it is read by anyone or everyone. You, who have read my stuff before, will know that I am not particularly controversial or critical. I like to observe and record, to question and look for the good. I would like to nudge myself, not the reader, to get involved in  a rider range of interests. If you read this blog you will get a diary of a 56 year old, early retired ex person. Not ex as in deceased but ex as in defined by occupation / lifestyle. Ex married (widowed) man, ex teacher, ex publican, ex publicist, ex beer guide writer, ex single home owner (yes, Rose has moved in).

What can you expect?

Records of things I do. For example this evening I am starting as a member of a bus  focus group.

Diaries of trips to games and pubs visited. Last weekend we went to Newcastle. That has to be written about.

Thoughts about my local area. I have started to write a local history / village comment piece starting with some thoughts about Pilning Cricket Club and the landscape of the local area. Once it is tidied up it will appear here.

I do not want website access. I will publicise it through my twitter account, I am steddersgas, and through my Facebook account.