[3] A Gift of Marbles

The beaming proprietor began counting cool objects into my sweaty outstretched palms.
No – NOT CHANGE! Seven clicks as each kissed its neighbour, eight little spheres of gleaming glass with whorls of white on blue, green, red or amber, two of each hue. One per gallon MARBLES…

[9] Wallowing Hippopotamus

1962 Luangwa Valley Game Reserve. Hippopotamus live near the lodge where I spent the night. All day they laze and wallow in the pool. At night they graze on the fresh green grass around the lodge…

[18] Christine Reason: real life story 1961 to 1970

To continue my real life story 1961, in February, my Father, who had been very ill with a duodenal ulcer, had survived an experimental operation to by-pass part of his duodenum, sadly died less than a year later, aged 65 years. Peter grew up on the small-holding, and became friends with Paul Austin, whose parents were also on the L.S.A…

[24] The Donkey’s Revenge – Egyptian safari

Easter, mid-1960s found me working in Cairo on my Egyptian safari, in a traffic jam, fortunately not driving. Two huge characters perched on a dray headed our queue, drawn by a very small off-white donkey. He waited for the whistle, the whip cracked. ‘Enough’ thinks the donkey, as he spreads out four legs, and sags…