Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter Sunday... quiz... memes... daughters...





Back after a pleasant day - once recovery had kicked in via the AQ and a drink with my old friend Frank. Then to meet the daughter and out for a very pleasant dinner - one thing this town has is a few decent restaurants. A modest amount of boozo the wonder drink was consumed for medicinal and social reasons. Here is a photo of the heiress to the family bar bills seen posed (against her will) with Sockman... the mysterious icon of this town (the one horse used to be tethered to him but it escaped - nah - just joshing (?))... I love Sockman...

To quiz biz... Betty politely requests that I get a move on: so here are my answers to the last post (cue bugle?)...

1. Robbing an empty office and stealing a typewriter when I was sixteen in my brief and disastrous career as a cat-burglar in Manchester. (There is something else but not sure of the law on how long after you can be charged with an offense... say no more...
2. Running a business in Loughborough for many years entitled 'Warner's Corner.' A local landmark – selling a weird and wonderful selection of haberdashery – the word gives the period. My late father – Stan the Man - was much amused by the fact that he supplied the local convent with corsets and underwear. It was that sort of place...
3. On a grave in a small country church somewhere in the West Country.
4. Dog food omelette late one night at the old house in west london – Hartswood Road. Drugs may have been involved...
5. Veronica Kennedy – the woman I should have married after my first marriage broke up...
6. The suit I wore to Peter McWilliam's second marriage to Lee in Edinburgh in the early 80's. The three Warner brothers of whom I am the oldest used to share a suit, for some obscure sartorial/logistical reason. Fresh back from Amsterdam and casually dressed, I had to use the appalling suit in a hurry – (my mother used to to take the waist in and out of the trousers due to differences in fraternal girth – my brother Greg got married in it, my brother Mark wore it to a couple of wedding and funerals and I wore it to the above wedding and at least one funeral). It had the most amazing lapels...
7. Falling in the river Soar when I was three - I stumbled off the bank at a riverside pub – The Plough in Normanton. I still have memories of falling backwards into the river – the last thing I saw before hitting the water was my father standing with a pint in his hand and a cigarette in the other, laughing with his friends, oblivious to his first-born's sudden absence. I found a photograph recently which must have been taken round about the same time and which reinforced the memory!
8. Marrying me (my second attempt)...
9. Burgling the school tuck shop.
10. See question 6... nothing could outshine the awfulness of that suit...

7 comments:

Molly Bloom said...

I love your answers, laughing loudly at number 4 and number 7, especially the part where you realised you were falling backwards. Excellent. Cheered up my (very early) Monday morning. Still, it's a bank holiday.

Sounds like a lovely day with your daughter. I love that statue, although there is something disturbing about the pose. I'll say no more.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story...well, if there weren't any clicking balls....mores the better!

Molly Bloom said...

I've just come back to read this again because it made me smile.

Hope you've had a good Monday. Hangover?
Out with Murray?
In the AQ?

St Anthony said...

Rod, a dog food omelette, how could you? Narcotics must have been involved.

Ah, now I'm a big fan of old-style haberdashery shops, bring them back, I say.

Rod... said...

I feel extremely sick every time the memory of the dog food omelette comes back - although... maybe it can be re-launched in smart circles as this season's must-eat culinary extravaganza... pedigree chum avec oeufs extraordinaire, maybe...

Molly Bloom said...

Go and wash your mouth out with soap!

Where are you today? No new post. Tut tut, you'll be in my detention later!

Rod... said...

The daughter is leaving imminently so have been otherwised engaged - look out for a big jazz post tonight or tomorrow...

Molly Bloom said...

OOOOOH, exciting. I look forward to it. Go and enter Anthony's quiz when you get the chance.

You might win another prize!