Has anyone got the number for Social Services?

I don't know, it's just shocking.The Brother in 1966 with father's beer glass. Personally, I didn't acquire a taste for ale until I was in my 20's, but it looks like he started much earlier.And I'll finish off this batch with this one of The Brother, from 1968. He looks happy enough here, but little does he know what joys would lie in wait later in that same year, when I arrive!...
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Drunk and disorderly

Back in this post, I mentioned someone getting drunk at their sister's wedding - Mother at her sister's wedding in October 1966.The bride.A proper working class party - a keg of beer, and a bottle of Dubonnet for the ladies.The is Mother at the wrong end of presumably a few Dubonnets - her getting very drunk at her younger sister's wedding is a well-told story in the family.What's particularly ironic about her inability to stand up is this picture of The Brother, taken earlier in the day.This is actually him standing up on his own for the first time.I happened to mention at lunch today that I was sorting out photos of this wedding (my aunt is coming to lunch tomorrow), and Mother asked if there was a shot of The Brother standing up, mentioning the significance of it - which I hadn't realised. The Brother commented on the irony of him standing up and her not being able to......
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Not what I thought

I saw this one and thought it must have been from a Halloween party, and that Mother just needed the broomstick before heading out for the night. Unfortunately it turns out that it's Hospital Ball from early 1965 - she worked there before The Brother arrived.On the subject of Halloween, SWMBOa) Persuaded her grandfather to make a proper broomstick for Mother.andb) rang Mother on the 31st October hoping to catch her before she went out for the night. Amazingly, Mother still talks to her!...
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Christmas 1964

Photos from the two sides of the family at Christmas 1964:My father's father unwrapping presents on Christmas morning.Mother's family - Mother and her sister (more of whom shortly)This is Mother's father - there aren't many photos of her family, so it's good to find the ones that my dad took of them. He never met SWMBO, missing her by only a couple of years, but the general view is that he would have liked her.And this is her mother (on the left) - there will be even fewer of her, as she died in the early 1970's - I only have a vague recollection of her....
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Strut that funky stuff…

Was it really September when I last posted? Oops.As the Masque Theatre is rapidly heading towards its 80th anniversary (it's actually in 2012, but they've started preparing nice and early), Mother asked me to dig out all of the Masque negatives I could find. I don't think anyone (least of all me) was quite expecting somewhere in the region of 400 films that I delivered a couple of weeks ago!Fortunately, now that I've handed over all of the Masque negs, they become an SEP (Someone Else's Problem - Douglas Adams) and I can concentrate on the rest of the archive.Anyway, I was trying to work out where I'd got up to on the blog, and found some older pics that I passed over previously.Dancing at a couple of Masque parties in 1964....
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200 up!

I have now finished the first four boxes of black & white films, so that's 200 done. OK, I've skipped a chunk that are photos of Masque Theatre productions, but that's still quite a lot to have got done in the last year.It seems to me that there have been three phases so far. Phase 1 was "student". The second was "petrolhead", and we're now moving into the third - "family"If there's anyone out there, I hope you've been enjoying it as much as I have.More to follow as and when they're scanned.Simon...
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