April 2004

THIS CORRESPONDENCE MUST NOW CEASE No, not the Newsletter, or at least not yet. Something much more important, at least for my lifestyle. When just out of my teenages, around 1947, at home during a Friday evening for a change and not out making hay in the hay or the like, I was tuning in […]

March 2004

CARS If there was ever one single invention and development that has changed our world, it has to be the car. Do you recall a recent speaker to our luncheons who showed pictures of London a hundred years ago and later versions of the same scene fifty years ago? The difference in traffic was the […]

February 2004

NOISY NIGHTS Elsewhere in this Newsletter I have discussed the coming changes for Coulsdon, (though I note that no comment was made about the terrible spin-off on Purley traffic), but the total effect should be to reduce noise levels, both day and night. Stress was written into the comments about our continuing to need a […]

January 2004

OUR FUTURE AS A CLUB We are proud of being the second-oldest Probus Club in the world, or, for all we know, the Universe. In a couple of months it will be 36 years since we started and in all that time volunteers have come forward to help fill our various parts. One of the […]

December 2003

LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT When I was a lad, in serious need of finding the best-looking girls in the district, I joined Purley Young Conservatives. Nor was I let down, but that is another story… The political difference between parties in those days, at least to my untutored mind, was absolute. I didn’t know I […]

November 2003

DON’T ARGUE, DEBATE IT! As I have mentioned in these columns before, along with several other Probeans in our Club I am a member of the Coulsdon &: Purley Debating Society. No recent foundation, it started in 1909 when gentlemen returning from Town on the train didn’t have time to finish the discussion before walking […]

October 2003

HOBBIES PAST AND PRESENT I suppose I had always assumed that a ‘hobby’ and a ‘hobby horse’ were connected, but in my mind only loosely in the manner of being obsessive about something that mattered to me but to few others. So I looked it up and indeed I was right, one being the subject […]

September 2003

DURING THE WAR A Letter to the Editor In response to my plea last month, Mike Talamo has written the following “Ian Scales’s piece m your August edition about nicknames prompted me to remember that these sobriquets are not necessarily just bestowed by us on our fellow men, but also on inanimate objects such as […]

August 2003

C’MON, WHAT’S YOUR REAL NAME? A couple of months ago there was reference on these pages to loss of detail memory, especially forgetting recent facts and events; no problem with recall in detail of things that happened sixty or seventy years ago or thereabouts – they’re there in colour – but naming the person you […]

July 2003

A MISCELLANY Sometimes – not very often – these Newsletters are planned, or even plan themselves. The hardest part is what to write on this front page which over the years has turned into a spot where I can air my views on the changing world, usually to its discredit. This time there is no […]