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St Bede’s College, Manchester. Crash, Bang, Wallop.

When the new head at St Bede’s College, Mr Richard Robson, took over in January 1915 I vowed to give him time.  Time to sort things out, time to make the school recover from its lowest ebb.  But I fear he took on more than he or any other aspiring head could ever chew.  In the last week three items… (more…)

Father, Dear Father

Last week in accordance with the habit of the Catholic Church, my father, 98 years and four months old, received Extreme Unction or the Last Rites, his supposed last appointment before shuffling off this nonsensical life.  His mother had given birth to a 2lb 2oz runt on 31st March 1918 during the last days of the German Spring offensive, the… (more…)

Bullies Both Local And International

In a posting I titled Critical Claptrap which I published on 6th September 2015 I set out verbatim the rubbish that you get sent when you write a blog.  Everybody is allowed to comment on what I say, but to comment abusively and anonymously is rather outside the Pale don’t you think?  Well this wise guy who must be my… (more…)

Two Weeks Of Trauma – Part 3

Monday 18th April An early phone call from Galway ICU telling us not to come down as Helen was  being bundled into an ambulance and being taken back to Sligo and to ring Sligo ICU that afternoon.  I rang at 4.00pm and was told that Helen had arrived but that we could not see her.  There was still a lockdown… (more…)