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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Aimee that’s beautiful and it is EXPLICIT! You fired my imagination with your poem and if I was to sit down now and pen the images you created- it would be porno by the definition you gave above. I have adopted the philosophy that erotica is  where sex forms a part of the story and where it goes beyond the story or becomes the story itself then that is when a story become pornography. Loved the poem. Voted
Hi Guys, I have a favour to ask you, if any of you have the ear of President Obama or a congressman or senator who does, would you kindly pass on the following:

Dear Mr. Obama,
The world lives by trade and all world leaders including yourself seek to stimulate growth in  the domestic economy through trade. My question is why does the USA make it so difficult and expensive to buy anything from abroad? I’m not talking abut the price of the article. I’m talking about the shipping and the export taxes that price American manufactured goods out of the market.
Example: My wife and I went to buy two new airline small luggage bags. Price was good at £20.99. But then came the add-ons, shipping $62 and export tax $20. Export tax- what’s that about? I know you need revenue, but why close down your exports in this way? There must be a good reason, but I cannot see it. 
I would like to buy American  goods on occasion and that would help your economy to grow.
 Would you please make it possible for me to do so by rescinding that export tax and maybe subsidising the shipping?
Thank you for your attention,

Peter Thomson
Greetings one and all and an especial hello to all new followers, you are most welcome and please do stop by and introduce yourselves. I’d love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, back in Bamptonville, NE, the altercation between Greg MItchell and Wayne Fisher reaches a climax when Wayne touches a very raw nerve. Catch up with them in the latest chapter of The ‘Cousins’