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April 12, 2007

Cheerio Billy

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Billy and SheilaI’m off tomorrow to go to my Uncle Billy’s funeral. He died on April fools day and is being buried on Friday 13th – I think he’d have liked that.

The picture is of Billy at his wedding to Sheila just last September.

Billy was a rather remarkable chap for any number of reasons. He was funny and caring to the nth degree and never could sustain a grudge. He will be missed a great deal by all who knew him.

Billy had a condition called Muscular Dystrophy – a degenerative condition that meant his muscles wasted away. A nasty thing which meant it became increasingly difficult to do the simple things, like walk or lift things. The thing about MD is that it can seriously impact on life expectancy. That he died aged 64 is a thing to be both grateful for and amazed by.

He once asked a doctor whether there was a support group for people like him and he was told – well, no – there aren’t any people like you. They got that right on so many levels!

My Dad is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats this year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. He wanted to do this while Billy was still around so he could get involved and take part, but sadly that isn’t going to happen. I will hopefully be joining him for one part of this – Bristol to Ludlow.

If anyone wants to throw a fiver my Dad’s way to support this charity in memory of remarkable guy then you can do so at

July 11, 2006

The Family Bible

When my Gran died recently my Mother acquired the Family Bible amongst other items.

I'd never seen this before and when she showed it to me the other day it was really amazing.

The Bible itself is a large leather bound volume all in Welsh (which my Gran always felt was God's own language) given to my Grandfather in the early 1920s.

What is fascinating is that both my Grandparents carefully recorded at the front all significant events for the family – births, deaths, marriages (and divorces!) throughout the last 90 odd years.

The last entry my Gran made recorded the birth of Grace – my niece. It's a sad entry as her strong script of previous entries is obviously failing. Since then my Mum has added my marriage to Steph and the birth of Rhys – my nephew – events that Gran couldn't add at the time.

The blank pages at the front are now pretty full up so the last entries are in the margin of Genesis – somewhat fitting perhaps for a new owner to start there.

I hope we have the capacity to keep filling up the pages with family events. I guess nowadays you would blog this stuff, but I think in this instance I would prefer to keep recording these things in an old leather bound tome. Keeps a certain sense of gravitas I think is perhaps lost in the immediacy of the electronic world.

April 28, 2006

I am an Uncle (again)

Congratulations are in order for my Sister Jane and her partner Graham who are the proud parents of 9lb 2 baby Rhys. Born around midnight.

That's a big baby.

I am sure Grace will love her new baby brother.

Big smiles all day today!

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