Because this is a blog each story appears in order of publication. To see my memoirs in chronological order click on the links below as you scroll down the stories column. Hover on the images in the context column for related events or facts.
|Life and times
|The Dewrance Connection 1803 – 1937
The only famous Dewrances I can find were 19th and 20th century engineers, both named John.
| The Dewrance Connection
The Dewrance Connection: Update
|1943 – 1946 Wartime days
Born! Lived in Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley with Mum, Dad and two aunts and uncles, until offered a prefab.
|1947 – 1955 Prefab days
Though prefab people were looked down upon, the prefabs were palaces for many returning servicemen and their families, including us.
| Prefab posts
|1956 – 1961 School days & French fugue
Up to O level I was a disaster, but the sixth form was one of the happiest times of my life. Left school after A Levels and escaped to southern France.
| En Marche!
Me and my Palm Beach
Kingsbury County Days
|1962 – 1964 Leicester Days
The furthest north I had ever been! Pity I chose the wrong subject……….
| Turbigo days
Leicester: my part in the city’s rise (not)
|1965 Interlude in Caen
The idea was that I would achieve fluency in French by teaching English to French school kids. Fat chance.
|Me and my Puch|
|1966 After Leicester
Bought a bubble car, scraped a degree, found love in Filbert Street, learned some lessons in a public library and a failing school, married in Scotland and emigrated to New Zealand. A busy year.
| Thank you General De Gaulle (for my bubble car)
Thank you Miss Bugler
|1967 – 1969 A new life
In New Zealand. Assisted passage, customs trouble, bureaucracy NZ-style, scary insects, Auckland and Dargaville, school teaching in the sticks. Met a man in a pub.
| New Zealand days Part 1
New Zealand Days Part 2 (Dargaville)
|1969 – 1970 Auckland Days
Started work in TV at the NZBC in Auckland (AKTV2). Waited for the Queen in a phone box on Queen Street. Set up home in the bush. Baby No.1.
|1970 – 1972 Wellington Days
New job in the Windy City (Wellington) editing and producing. Baby no. 2. Passed the NZBC producers’ course and posted to Dunedin.
|New Zealand Days: Part 4 – Wellington|
|1972 – 1973 Dunedin Days
Worked as a qualified TV producer in Dunedin, nearly got killed by the negligence of a trolleybus linesman, decided to return to the UK.
|1973 – 1976 BBC Days (London).
1973 – not a good year to be in Britain. Returned with very little money, no home and two lovely kids. Immediate priority – get a job! Baby No.3
| Working for Auntie, BBC London
Working for Auntie, BBC London revisited (RIP Michael Dean)
Working for Auntie in the 70s continued
Working for Auntie: Huw Wheldon
|1976 – 1983 BBC Days (Southampton)
It all started when the New Forest caught fire. Close encounters of the journo kind. Lawrence of Arabia, not fenced in and a pink caravan.
| My Window Faces the South Part 3
My Window Faces the South Part 2
My Window Faces the South Part 1
|1983 – 2001 Yorkshire Days
To be made redundant once may be forgivable, but twice is just careless. Finnish and Gambian interludes. Goodbye TV, hallo media training!
|2001 – 2018 Lincolnshire Days
University teaching, being a grandpa and blogging. Still learning.
| On tour with Leeds Phil (2007 video)
Jane Chapman: War seen through cartoons