Alan Stanley

  1937 -
  City of Birth:
Romford. Essex. Great Britain.
 
 

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It Has Been A Rough Year

I am adding this additional chapter to my introduction, because after I initially wrote the introduction, it was very difficult to come back to it and try to make sense of all that I have experienced through the various stages of my life and the trials that I have endured or overcome.  I wish ...


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The Birth of Charles Leonard Wiggins

The story has already been written for awhile on my blog "From the heart of Praise, Prayer and Perseverance. 0; Here is a link to that posting, Below are the pictures of the blessed event.   http://fromthehea rt-dotwigg.blogsp ot.com/2008/03/an other-2-prayer-re quest-answered.ht ml


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My Entire Life

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Alan's War.
He flexed the stiffness of his cold fingers moving them up and down and banging them in the glove against the side of his leg as he moved forward. He peered again at the map in his left hand, the right gripping the stick, as ...
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Alan's War.
Old Mrs Miller, who lived next door to the Douglas's at number 18, turned the dial of the old radio set on the sideboard, trying to find the play that she usually listened to every week at that time of day. They had announced ...
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Alan's War. Three.
The moment that he pressed down on the stick, he knew that he was wrong. He actually tried to hold back at the very last moment, but the momentum of being so positive was too much, almost overwhelming. A wave of inner heat ...
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Alan's War.
Jean Douglas extricated herself from her husbands arms and sat down at the table opposite to him. "Later" she said, cutting a piece of potato in half. She nibbled and blew on it. It was hot and threatened her tongue. On their ...
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Alan's War. Five.
The blast smashed it's way across the gardens to the north of where we crouched in our shelter in the ground in the garden of our house in Carlton Road, Romford in the county of Essex, flattening fences, including ours, and ...
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Alan's War. Six.
It was September 1940 and now the German bombers were coming over nearly every day to drop their load of bombs on London and the Docks, and Romford was under the flight path.When it started to get dark we would have to go to ...
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Alan's War. A Serial. Part 7.
It must have been some bomb. Even the windows in the bungalows on the other side of our road had lost their windows. Chris and I climbed up to the top of the step ladder that leaned against the wall behind the back door and peered ...
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Alan's War. A Serial. Part 7.
One weekend we drove up to Colchester. It took a while. Although dad worked in the war effort there were only a few stations that had petrol and they didn't tell you they had any. You had to stop and ask, and if they did you ...
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Alan's War. Part 8. A Serial.
(A typical 40's English kitchen) At the other end of the kitchen was a fireplace. The hearth was big and before the stove was invented or arrived, the fire had been used to do the cooking. The hearth was big enough to ...
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9. Alan's War. 9.
We went up to the bedroom with auntie to unpack our suitcases. Auntie was all excited. "It's so lovely to see you Doris." My mum's first name was , well you can read, and my dad's was Ronald Cyril Stanley. The funny thing was ...
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10. Alan's War. 10
My mother was born in the slave trade port of Bristol, and met my dad, who was born in Leeds, when he was over from Belgium representing the Ford Motor Company. They had married at the British Consulate in Belgium and lived there. ...
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He came to the school to pick up two three containers full of kitchen leftovers. When we had turnips or 'pom' he would have four or five. He would take it back to the house and boil it up in a wood fired boiler that was in the ...
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12. Alan's War. 12.
On the making life bearable trips that they took into Colchester, they would take us along if we needed new shoes or such like for school. We thought that it would be quite good missing school but it was terrible. They spent ...
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13. Alan's War. 13
Aunt Edna was only small, about four feet ten, but with her bright red hair, full cheek bones and pucker up lips, which she covered over whenever she went out, with bright red make up stick, well, she looked a bit like a clown. ...
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14. Alan's War. 14.
Uncle would arrive back at the hairdressers at last, and then they would decide that we needed a haircut. Sitting in the back seat of the car trying not to lean back against the seat is hell. Is there anything worse than hair ...
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15. Alan's War. 15.
Our side in and Chris scored four. The girls on their team were bowling underarm! I was in next and holy moly was out for a duck from a very suspicious ball. I wasn't really ready and the umpire had his finger up, but the ball ...
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16. Alan's War. 16.
Not very far away from where we lived was the village of Manningtree, a collection of cottages at the head of the estuary of the River Stour, which refined people pronounced as Stewer! Tree lined and very pretty, it ran down ...
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18. Alan's War. 18.
On the Friday at the end of that week, auntie told us that we would have to go into work with uncle the next day, as she and mum had to got to Chelmsford for something. Uncle didn't seem to be at all happy about that so auntie ...
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19. Alan's War. 19.
As Stationmaster, or Depot Manager; the title on his office door, Uncle John received supplies at the depot from around the country, on their way to the war effort. Sometimes uncle would find ways that they would become useful ...
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20. Alan's War. 20.
I wanted to start off by saying what an honour it is to be placing my scribbles amoungst the pages of such well known and talented artists as Richard Ozanne. The war was beginning to follow us down the twisting country lanes ...
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