Friday, 20 July 2007

Birthday Parties

It is the 28th 0ctober 1959,Mack the Knife by Bobby Darrin (loved that song as a kid) is Number one in the charts,I am 2 years old,Lets have a party!
Looking at this picture now brings back mostly food related memories.
Look closely and you may notice just to the right of the the cake (which I dont remember at all) a jelly on a plate.This was bright orange and shaped like a rabbit.In front of this is one of my fondest childhood memories
Cocktail cherries,cream,custard,strawberry jelly and best of all-the bottom layer of some sort of sponge cake soaked in real sherry.
There are those who would argue with the wisdom of serving such an alchohol laced confection to a child and it is certainly a bit of a no no at todays children's parties.
I ran the suggestion past my two daughters that perhaps it would be a good alternative to the chicken nuggets,pizza and sausage rolls,but this was roundly mocked,as usual. Surprisingly the jelly rabbit idea didn't go down well either.
But in 1959 we were made of sterner stuff and though I must admit I didn't think much of the taste at first; I persevered and my relationship with both the trifle and alchohol generally blossomed.
I cannot say the same for that other 60's party fave the dreaded blancmange.I believe this has now been outlawed in most countries or at least was supeceded when Angel Delight came out in the 70's
I still don't like parties.

Thursday, 21 June 2007


Hello my name is Stephen Morris

The title of this blog is a little misleading as I am not 50 today. It refers instead to something called the Today Generation which is a project being set up by Radio 4's Today Programme.
It seems that the Today Programme was first broadcast on the 28th October 1957, the same day that I first entered the world.
So a group of people who share this birthday have been asked to share our thoughts and memories of the past half century in various ways including cluttering up the (already over cluttered) Internet with our words and pictures- so here goes.

When I was born I lived with my parents in a house in Gawsworth Road, Maccclesfield a town in which I still reside today.
Not in the same house and not with my parents anymore,obviously.
Paul Anka topped the pop charts with the song Diana
The picture above is of me and my sister Amanda in the garden at Gawsworth road in the early 60s.I practice scowling as I throw what was perhaps the first of many sulks.
More later when I think of something interesting to write about- this blogging malarky is more tiring than it looks.