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May 28th 2012


An anniversary

Today is a special one for me as it is the first anniversary of my father's death and in many ways it has been a very long and hard year. I thought it should be marked in some way, so here is my first blog for the 'Went the Day Well' website.

I miss my father very much but as the memories of his final illness fade my remembrance of him is what a wonderful father and grandfather he was and how much fun we had during the last six years of his life when he moved to a small house round the corner, becoming able to join in so fully with my family's day to day activities. It has been a moving experience sorting out the contents of his house but one of the great pleasures has been the discovery of an interview he gave Harry as part of a school project on life during the Second World War. Harry was 8 years old at the time and the interview took place during the last summer his grandfather was well. It has been lovely to be reminded of how my father spoke and all his little mannerisms - something that a simple photograph cannot convey. Today, on this warm, sunny May afternoon with the swallows and swifts swooping overhead I spent a happy hour sweeping his courtyard and watering his plants and just remembering all the similar afternoons I had spent there with him over the years - very happy memories indeed.






The Orbit May 2012
Olympic site May 2012   Olympic site May 2012   Top of the Orbit
The Orbit   Olympic site May 2012   Olympic Stadium

May 13th 2012


A perfect day

At long last the weather has improved; a beautiful sunny morning had a stimulating effect on my pineal and I decided that it was time to cycle out to the Olympic park and take some further photographs of the Arcelormittal Orbit, which has just about been completed. I left at 06.45 and enjoyed almost empty roads there and back; not a single other middle-aged lycra-clad cyclist to be seen until my return to Putney at 08.30 when I sailed past the first wave of Richmond Park bound aggressors! The Orbit has been the subject of more criticism than approbation, most recently regarding the amount that is to be charged to take the lift to the top during the games, but I like it and it looks very impressive close up.

My return to Putney was beautifully timed to coincide with first orders at the best coffee shop in the South West of London. Artisan, on the Upper Richmond Road, was opened recently by Edwin Harrison and Magda Woloszyn and I urge you to go there. The coffee is fantastic, the porridge with baked fruit is to die for and the Fro Yo (frozen yoghurt), which has just been introduced now that the sun has appeared, is gorgeous (and being 'fat free', I did not feel that it completely ruined the benefit of my 25 mile cycle ride as I finished it off today). Edwin and Magda are a delightful, inspiring couple and have put an extraordinary amount of effort into their 'coffee adventure' and it is worthwhile reading how they have gone about it in a blog that they have produced for Caffe culture.

My perfect day was completed by going to Evensong at St. Paul's Cathedral and listening to Harry singing a solo in the anthem by Samuel Sebastian Wesley called Blessed be the God and Father. The words of the solo are: 'Love one another with a pure heart fervently/ See that ye love one another.' What a wonderful message and what a lovely end to a lovely day.




Al and Mr. Tim Thomas
The Prize Winners, William and Harry   Harry's entry   William's entry

May 10th 2012


Alastair becomes a book author!

On Thursday last week Alastair received notification from iTunes that his iBook, 'How to become a barrister', had passed all the reviews and was now available for free download in 32 countries around the world! He is the first member of the Jackson family to become a book author, a fact that pleases him immensely. If you click on the book title above you will be taken to the book on the iBooks site but it can only be downloaded and viewed on an iPad. It looks great and is very interesting, so please feel free to have a look at it (and then write a stunning review). It includes several videos taken during an interview that he arranged with Mr. Tim Thomas, a barrister and old Hamptonian, who was wonderfully helpful.

Harry has his prize artwork displayed at Painters' Hall

A few weeks ago Harry was informed that he and one of his school friends, William, had been awarded a joint prize for two of their paintings in the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Schools Art competition. They were invited to recieve this at a ceremony held at the Painters' Hall on the 27th April at which their paintings were displayed alongside those of the other prize winners who ranged in age between 12 and 18; the paintings were generally of a very high standard.



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