France 1984

For the 1984 summer holiday, we spent a week in Carnac in Brittany and then ventured a bit further south well, we drove down to the Vendee and St Jean de Monts. A lovely place as I recall, with a vast sandy beach being reached through a pine wood. As for Carnac, you can probably imagine how interested a 16 year old boy was in standing stones. It took a long time for me to be able to utter the word "Carnac" without the word "sodding" in front of it. ...
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France 1983

I'd previously posted pics of the family holiday to France in 1983, but I'm re-doing it now as there are more photos. We went back to Benodet for a week, and had a week at an inland site at Belle Isle en terre (somewhere in Brittany). We have a couple of good entries for the Fat Frenchman collection, as well as a particularly good Englishman on holiday (chinstrap beard, budgie smugglers, and there may even have been sandals) The final shot, of "La Guitoune" in Roscoff, is in commemoration of what has gone down in family lore as the worst meal ever. We had hardly any money left and it was cheap - and wasn't worth the money. I seem to recall it being badly cooked (semi-raw fried eggs, that sort of thing). I believe we may not even have left a tip!...
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Le Touquet

In the autumn of 1982, we took a trip over to Le Touquet in France (about half an hour from Boulogne) to see the French family we know - Georges and Marie-Claire Lazard-Peillon's eldest, Bertrand, had been over to stay with us in 1978 and his brother Benjamin came over a couple of years or so later. We kept in touch and when we discovered that they had moved to the north of France, we went over. ...
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France 1982

A few pics from the family holiday in August 1982 - a Eurocamp trip to Benodet and Telgruc in Brittany. Telgruc was most memorable for being on the side of quite a steep hill, with the "facilities" at the bottom. A night-time trip to the loo was swiftly christened "the long walk". It features an early example of my father's Fat Frenchman collection, by way of contrast to the numerous bikini-clad young ladies that my father took photos of......
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More updates

I've had a reasonably productive week, and have put a lot of new photos up on the main website: A whole new section containing loads of photos from in and around Northampton, including Borough Shows and Raft Races as well as things like the redevelopment of the Town Centre in the 70s and shots from Abington Park. More photos from my dad's life - very early photos from the 30s, 40s and 50s and some from his working life. Enjoy....
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New Content – National Service

I've added a new series of photos to the main site - all of my dad's National Service-related photos. As well as photos of basic training and life around the camp, we also have a production of Bonaventure and quite a bit of socialising with some Wrens. I have two clear favourite images from this collection. This one just makes me laugh every time I see it. And this one isn't just my dad with a gun, it's my dad with two guns! With a bit of luck, I'll be posting some more sets to the site over the holiday period....
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Some time travel experimentation

I had an email the other day from a chap called Paul Campbell, who had been looking at the King's Road photos and had bit of a play with Google Street View - and look what he came up with. I've seen this sort of thing done before with things like wartime scenes, but these are really cool. Thank you Paul, and do please let me know if you do any more and I'll happily share them....
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