I was born 63 years ago at Rochford Hospital (near Southend Essex England). In clearing out the "muddled room" I have located various memorabilia including photographs, old letters (30 years olde) and names and addresses of people the names of whom sound familiar but for the life of me I can't recall whom half of them might be.
Attached are five photographs of me - starting at a visit to Rochford Hospital which dad took me to visit when I explained that I "have never been to Rochford" - which is clearly nonsense as I was born in Rochford.
(Outside the hospital with name displayed to ensure it was indeed the right place)
(Outside the hospital - I seem to recall remarking to dad that it reminded me of Auswitch Concentration Camp !)
I have been to Auswitch !
(me [photographed by Venie] on a trip to Canberra around the time I started with Reader's Digest (1976)
(me [far left] at a Reader's Digest function - possibly a "to celebrate year's of service". If so these are "friends" - Teresa, artistic bod from the art department or somewhere and Tony from the Finance Department. If that is the celebration a number of people (3) refused to attend on principle (they call this ostracism)
(me looking like a complete idiot in some important war memorial in New Guinea).
These photos of me are somewhat out of date :-(
I have also located other memorabilia - an olde 45 rpm recording produced by the Soviets for the Soviet Exhibition in London in 1961 with the voice of Yuri Gagarin acknowledging Soviet supremacy in space - one side with Russian commentary and the other side with English commentary and an autograph of clarinetist Artie Shaw. I'm sure these things have value.
I thank those who have acknowledged my birthday including Ace, Trevor, Jenny in Cornwall, Mary U and Jutta (making the best of what the universe presents) from Alan's Starry Eyed list and Anne-Michèle (famed Canadian authoress - http://www3.cablevision.qc.ca/aml from the Yahoo Archer mailing list ( a legacy of Sandra Shaw who started an ill fated Bulletin Board to overcome the rudeness of LTUAE).