I Have a Dream

Posted on 21/11/2021 By

"Here is the dreamcatcher," he said. "Every day I is going out and snitching new dreams to put in my bottles." (From the Big Friendly Giant.

Bobby: “I have a dream.”

Bertie: “Do you keep it in a jar?” (more…)


Parham: When the Americans came to Suffolk

Posted on 14/11/2021 By


Parham Airfield Museum.

Parham Airfield Museum.

Bertie: “You OK, Bobby? You look a bit Uncle Dick!”

Bobby: “Cream crackered Bertie. The buses and Sutton United yesterday were brilliant, but I’m knackered.” (more…)


The Treasures of Sutton Hoo

Posted on 06/11/2021 By

Sutton Hoo

Bobby stood on top of the burial mound of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. The marvellous tour guide was ending her tour of the Royal Burial Mounds to the gathering by asking “Does anyone know where the treasures of Sutton Hoo were kept during the war?”

Naturally, he responded: “I do. I’ve been there. Aldwych Underground station. Disused tunnels. In fact, if you look at the London Transport Museum website, you will find they have just restarted tours – including one of Aldwych disused underground station. 160 steps down and the lift hasn’t worked for years.”

How Aldwych saved Sutton Hoo:


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The Man Who Talks Too Much

Posted on 31/10/2021 By

Black and white photo of Bobby (The Man Who Talks Too Much) & Bertie on Diddley's Bench.

Bobby talks too much. Everybody says so. He gets on their nerves. And his own. Wears them out. Bores them silly. Causes them to drive by. Cross the road. Hide. Anything to avoid him. Not because they don’t like him. Probably. But simply they haven’t got the time or patience for his incessant chatter. (more…)


The 93 Bus

Posted on 24/10/2021 By

RT1 displaying service 93 to Dorking.

RT1. The most iconic and oldest bus at the event. Built 1939.

Bertie: “Bobby? What’s a heritage bus running day?”

Bobby: “It’s when a group organises a bus service on a particular route using old fashioned buses. They run to a timetable and mingle with the modern buses. You could be waiting at a bus stop and a 70 year old bus turn up and you just jump on. Free – there will be a bus conductor in old fashioned uniform ding-a-linging to stop and start the bus. Help you on. Just as they did when I was young.” (more…)


That Bleedin Dog

Posted on 17/10/2021 By

Sid and Jack early 60s.

Sid and Jack early 60s.

Bobby loved his old Dad Sid, and was heartbroken when he died on Christmas Day 1969. As we described in ‘Alf Garnett‘, he was an unforgettable character whose expressions live on in Bobby’s memory to this very day. And, we are told, he has recreated some of those memories in me. A teddy bear with a Sarf London accent. (more…)



Posted on 10/10/2021 By

“I’ve bought you a book, Bobby” said Diddley one day in 2013.

“A Street Cat Named Bob”. I only bought it because I like the name!”

Front cover of the book "A Street Cat Named Bob" by James Bowen.



Hidden London: The Kingsway Tram Tunnel

Posted on 03/10/2021 By

Kingsway Tram Tunnel


Hidden London Roundel

Northern entrance to Kingsway Tram Tunnel.

The Kingsway Tram Tunnel today.

“I have done something nobody else here today has!” (more…)


Morning Glory

Posted on 25/09/2021 By

Bertie admiring a blue Morning Glory flower.

“There’s thirty one this morning, Bobby. That’s a record.”

So said Diddley, who absolutely adored the flowers of Morning Glory. Not just for their transient beauty, but also their unusual lifestyle. Flowering profusely, if time and conditions were right, but dying by mid-afternoon. The new buds for the next day readying themselves for their glorious moment in the sun just a few hours later. (more…)


The Church in the Farmyard

Posted on 19/09/2021 By

Wisley Church

Wisley Church

You know how we love Wisley Gardens. Like the other week, when we just came to the gardens for an al fresco Al-Anon meeting. Read a book. Americano. With milk and shortbread. And, last week, a flower show as well! Luvverly. (more…)


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