I Don’t Believe It – Brighton Station!

Posted on 13/08/2017 By

Brighton: Pride in our Police Force.

Brighton. I don’t believe it! Bobby and I went to Brighton. By train. Given that this is Southern Rail, a certain amount of optimism is needed. Or blind faith. As we approached  the station, a posh woman on the train intercom announced we were arriving at Gatwick Airport. We all laughed and acknowledged that Southern…

Bob the Big Noisy Engine (with apologies to the Rev W Awdry).

Posted on 06/08/2017 By

Bob the Big Noisy Engine.

Bob the Big Noisy Engine. This is the story of Bob the Big Noisy Engine. A tale of triumph over adversity. Honesty over lies and deceit. Contentment over greed. Happiness over anger. It is a true story. All the characters are real. Bobby wrote it in 1999 on a bike ride. In his head. The…

Seaside Holiday Tales 2.

Posted on 30/07/2017 By

Seaside Holiday: Saucy Postcards.

Seaside Holiday. Dear Friends of Bertie. This is the second Seaside Holiday special. In the previous one “Whitby”, posted November 2016, we mentioned Diddley’s 60th birthday in Whitby. Including the special cake which was made by the wonderful Yorkshire bakery E Botham. The Birthday was a seaside special birthday, where the holiday cottage was decorated…

Holiday Special: Oh Mr Porter!

Posted on 23/07/2017 By

Oh Mr Porter! Dear friends of Bertie. This is a holiday special. I hope you like old films. Bobby loves Will Hay. None more so than that classic of British Comedy. “Oh Mr Porter”. If you have seen it, watch it again. We have just done that. So with a bit of suggestive music hall…

A Day in the Life of a Trainspotter.

Posted on 16/07/2017 By


Trainspotter. Way back in 1954 Bobby’s dad, Sid, bought him an Ian Allan Train spotting book. He still has it. That, allied to Sid’s own keen interest in all things mechanical, led to his son’s enduring interest in such things. Given that being a trainspotter was the main hobby of schoolboys in 1954 it is…

Continental Railway Journeys: Lammersdorf

Posted on 09/07/2017 By

Back to Lammersdorf. In Continental Railway Journeys Austria, you heard how Bobby got the idea of coming to a less well know part of this wonderful country from English people in a Country Walking Magazine article. Amazingly, but due to his being an obsessive collector, as a result of that heatwave, staying indoors, sorting out…

A Day in the Life of a Heatwave.

Posted on 02/07/2017 By

Heatwave 2017. Sunday Bertie: “It so bleeding ‘ot! (Sarf London). Can’t put up with this heatwave much longer. How about you Bobby? Bobby? BOBBY? What’s the matter with you? You do look a bit cream crackered. Even Uncle Dick.” Bobby: “Uhhhhh. Given up. Made an executive decision. Had an outbreak of common sense. I’m giving…

The Flying Legends Duxford 2017

Posted on 25/06/2017 By

Flying Legends Duxford. Bertie and the Manhattan Dolls.

Flying Legends, Duxford. June is busting out all over… Bertie: “Told her that blouse was too bleedin’ tight…”

A Dancer Called Alexis.

Posted on 18/06/2017 By


Alexis. I would like to introduce you to Alexis, from the United States of America. She wants to be a dancer. With her determination and clear love for her passion I am sure she will succeed. I spoke to her mum Debra who told me that all her daughter had ever wanted to be was…

Continental Railway Journeys in Germany.

Posted on 11/06/2017 By

Germany: Mittenwald

Continental Railway Journeys in Germany. Well here we are back in Lammersdorf, Austria. Writing blogs from an idyllic office. Tom is the new owner of the hotel. Upholding the recent tradition of Dutchmen owning it. He has agreed to be interviewed by me later in the holiday.

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