I reckon on being one of the lucky ones! I mean I've lived a long life, enjoyed a challenging, interesting and varied life.
 I've not managed to keep much of the money I've made and I always reckon I made much more for other people than for myself, but that's life. I'm rich in health and experiences. 
I found Janet, my life partner when I was past thirty at a time when I was beginning to think my companion on life's passage would be a bottle- Thank the Lord we got that sorted out. 
We're a forward looking couple and when the time came they wouldn't let us work anymore and forced us into retirement, we saw that as another challenge.
The choice was simple, shut down and do nothing except wait for the  call to the hereafter or do something. So we sold up in England and moved to France- new people, new culture, new language, new friends! 
Like I said, I've lived a long time. My earliest recollections is being held in my mother's arms with neighbours outside our house looking at the red sky to the south - London burning in the blitz. Of course I didn't know it at the time. Then when I was four, this was  just before what I learned was D-Day- but when I was much older. 
That trip on the train to scotland and those GI's who sat opposite. Do you know I can see their faces now! all these years later. How they laughed when I said 'Give us some gum chum,' when they asked me to talk. It's what the bigger boys in the street said. I often wonder if they made it? 
I'm so grateful to them and the thousands like them that gave us our freedom today! 
I hope they were lucky ones too!

Just to let you know I'm dragging myself into the 21st century and am now on Twitter, @pgtHobnails. When I find out how to work it, I'll be posting there regularly.

And i've been told to tell you that I won the 2014 Limousin Writers Short Story competition with 'Second Chances." Seems a bit self-aggrandising to mention it, but I was told you'd want to know.
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@LelaSmith  Thanks very much for your confidence and kind words Lela. This was a difficult chapter to write and I did it at tis length and complexity for a purpose. I am still appalled that nobody has gone to jail for engineering the biggest financial scam in history in 2008 and left the doors open to similar perpetrations today. We all read about it in the news, ordinary working folk picked - and are still picking up - the tab for it. I have put the effect of this scam into the lives of my characters that I hope readers can see as ordinary, decent folk trying to get by in life with society not giving them much to start out with in the first place. When the newscasters read out the stories of Lehman Brothers going bust and the world economies collapsing like castles built out of playing cards it was impersonal, we all might know somebody affected by it, but if it didn’t affect us directly it was that human trait that l kicked in which says ‘bad things like that happen to other people.’ But NO, it can and does affect us all - us little guys that make the world go round- and we have politicians and regulators that didn’t do their job and are getting away with it. I’m not after a witch hunt here, what’s done is done, but if this chapter gets one person to write to their congressman to say ‘ Before I b vote for you next time I want your assurance that everything, and I mean everything, is being done by you personally to ensure this cannot happen again.’ If one person does that besides myself. This chapter has been worthwhile.
Thanks for your support. It is much appreciated.  Peter