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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Description: Englishman Greg Mitchell has served only two Gods in his lifetime- Making Money and Himself. Now at 35 years of age and after his second divorce and loss of his business he faces a future with no family or friends- he does have some money in the ban...

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@Sauthca Your point about the Forsythe Saga is well taken Carey. I will indeed endeavour to make the following chapters worth reading. You are so right. There will be trouble ahead - but how will they face the music and will they dance together to it? I’m afraid I could not possibly comment. Many thanks old friend for your close read and feedback and vote. All gratefully received. Best Wishes.Peter
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Wonderful imagery in these words. I chuckled at the ‘cop-out’ of the answer to the question. It’s such a human thing to do to avoid potential  embarrassment or follow on questions.
For some inexplicable reason the word ‘inside’ jarred a tad with me and I hope you will forgive me for substituting ‘within’ to make it flow better for me. Voted
Hi to you all wherever you are and I hope your day is going well.
In Chapter 92 (Delta) of The Cousins, I made you aware of the publication of Colm Herron’s book and invited you all to buy and read the book for a most entertaining read. 
There’s a slim chance I might have misled you into buying the wrong book and hope that is not the case - if so sincered apologies to youa nd to COlm.
You see I referred to Colm’s book as THE WAKE instead of giving the book its full title :
There are a number of other books bearing the shorter title and you might have picked up the wrong one- if so pelase accept my earlier apologies.
IF you haven’t yet bought the book, you are missing yourselves a real treat and armed with this information you’ll not be buying the wrong book. So off you go to Amazon and get the job done, its
PLease don’t sit waiting for me, I’ve already bought it.
Best Wishes
The final scene attempting to clear the impasse between Greg and Wayne plays out in the latest chapter of The ‘Cousins’.