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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Learning to drive for £15.75, but it was in 1961

 In 1961 Bath had a ground breaking driving school that used a private track to teach you to drive off road before your 17th birthday.
It was a brilliant idea, my 17th Birthday was the on August the 25th and I had my first lesson on the 21st of March. It only cost £15 15 shillings for 17 lessons (about £260 at today's prices) though they guaranteed to give you free lessons till you passed if you failed you test..
 My test was on the 31st of September 7 days after my birthday and I passed only using 12 of my lessons. But roads were very different in 1961and I had driven dads car around the orchard from the age of 15 and already had a full motorbike licence so had gained a little road sense.
This was the family car in  1961
Later on I moved to something a bit better and that was only £1600 for a kit.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Policeman jumps in the river.

The news that 6 policemen dived into the Avon in Bristol  to try to save a girl, reminds me of the first news picture I sold almost 50 years ago.
The very wet and muddy policeman had dived in to save a woman attempting suicide from Bristol Bridge.
The boys were pointing to the police car waiting to take him back to the station, he had to burn his uniform.  

Saturday, 20 October 2012

I think we're being watched.

I think we're being watched.
 James Street West Bath.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bath Hospital Radio in 1965.

Bath Hospital Radio the early years, Yes it came from a basement in Green Park that was regularly flooded. Sam and Wendy in 1965 you can almost smell the damp, and that's just Sam.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

We've got loads of black paint left

We've got loads of black paint left, so this is today's art class subject.