Category: Family

Golf: The marvellous mania

The Marvellous Mania is the title of a special book by Alistair Cooke, well known for his longstanding efforts to explain America to British listeners in his weekly radio addresses. Until seeing the book I did not know he was a fellow golf sufferer. It is a good read and his wonderful broadcasts are available…
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Fred snake book 7!

The 7th book about Fred the snake and friends will be out shortly. Jungle Jim takes them on a tour of USA-East. FUN!

A brief video bio…..

We are lucky to live on Dewees Island, SC, which is a special supportive community. There has been an influx of new owners in the last year, so I initiated a series of zoom talks on Thursday evenings called “know your neighbors”. Here is my effort for anyone interested https://drive.google.com/file/d/12hYvU-6ijZGRmy29pCdISdmURVYqhZ0j/view?usp=sharing

My books for young children

Over 50 years ago I wrote a bedtime story for my then young children, Andy and Nicky, about how (not) to cross the road. By chance I have the original typed text, and show some exceprts When Andy and Nicky had their own children, they asked “what happened to Fred-Fred? That stimulated me to think…
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Did I mention tapestries?

Looking around our home I realised that we have many special tapestries/cross stitches that we treasure and I’d like to share. Made for us by family, friends (and a few purchased) Pride of place goes to my mother, Ruth, who made these two beauties for me about 60 years ago. The famous chapel at Kings…
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Your name is Peter Cotton? Really? What was your mother thinking?

I was 47 years old when I arrived in USA and discovered that I was named after a rabbit. I could not understand why shop people and others fell over laughing when I gave my name, and started singing about hopping along a bunny trail at Easter. But surely Beatrix Potter was English and wrote…
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The last time England beat Germany

England beat Germany at Football (US AKA Soccer) last week . The last time was just 55 years ago in 1966 in the final of the World Cup. I remember it well. I was trapped at that precise time at a fancy wedding reception in a large tent outside a posh house near London. No…
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Illustrating endoscopy 50 years ago

This story started with my left knee, which has troubled me intermittently for many years. Preparing for an appointment about it recently I thought that the new young specialist (they are all young now) might be interested to see my series of x-ray pictures from way back. Why am I telling you? I will explain.…
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Golfing down memory lane

If you kindly read about how golf (in USA) started in cHarleston, you may be wondering what sort of equipment might have been used at that time. I cannot tell you, except to read that “432 balls and 96 clubs were sent from the Scottish port Leith to Charleston in 1743”.  We do know that…
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Golf started in cHarleston…honest

Joke? No. Typo? No. I will explain Most people think that the game of golf, as we now know and love/hate it, arose in Scotland. It has certainly blossomed there over more than 500 years. James II asked his parliament in 1457 to prohibit “golfe” because he needed the young folk to practice their archery…
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