Monthly Archives: June 2015

Anthony William Martin “Spike” RIP

Well I was here back in Manchester for the second time in a month, the last time was full of joy for my new grandchild but this time was a sad mission.  I was here to attend the Requiem Mass of a truly great and good man.  I had been ferried over from the West of Ireland in a make… (more…)

In Memoriam

Spike has died.  Anthony Martin, a teacher who gave his life to teaching at St Bede’s College died yesterday in Wythenshawe Hospital after a long fight with a failing heart.  My heartfelt condolences to his wife, Veronica, who has suffered unbelievably over these last months as Tony’s life dwindled away. Spike as we knew him as been part of my… (more…)

A Pregnant Pause – Part 2

Well there we were half way through Day 4 of our pregnant pause stuck in south Manchester with nothing to do but wait.  As recompense we were sitting in the lap of luxury.  Two daughters and spouse went out shopping thinking it good therapy for the expectant mother, I sat and watched the third day of the 1st Test at… (more…)

A Pregnant Pause – Part 1

It was the beginning of the third week in June in 2015, the weather had been tempestuous, bright sunny intervals, hailstone showers and high winds. You did not know what to wear with the four seasons all in a couple of days. We were off to England, another grandchild imminent. We were booked on the early fast ferry but discovered… (more…)