Headlong into Pennilessness: Lessons in Life from 1950s' Sheffield - Michael Glover
Young Michael Glover grew up never knowing his father. Sid Glover didn't die on the battlefield, but the man who returned from Burma was quite different, in...... more
Young Michael Glover grew up never knowing his father. Sid Glover didn't die on the battlefield, but the man who returned from Burma was quite different, in appearance and temperament, from the husband who had left to join the army in 1939. War left Dorothy Glover trusting no one and nothing: banks, foreigners, the family next door and, most of all, her husband (soon to be divorced). Community rituals like Guy Fawkes Night and Whitsuntide parades, together with the week at Mrs Ansell's boarding house in Blackpool, were the highlights of his young life as his family scraped a living. Despite his insular environment, Michael Glover has fond memories of his childhood home, and he developed a strange attachment to that tiny, unremarkable house: the kitchen that was the hub of family life and its ferocious arguments over money; the unheated front room that was only ever used at Christmas; and the outside toilet with its neatly torn strips of the Radio Times attached to an old coat hanger. It was in that house that he first incubated his dreams of becoming a writer. This itself is remarkable. 45 Coningsby Road only ever had one book: a harrowing tale of Sheffield's disastrous part in WW1 which Michael Glover's grandfather, domineering Harold, miraculously survived. Headlong Into Pennilessness takes you through the first nineteen years of his life in Sheffield - the astonishing impact of the sight and the sounds of the young Dylan, the Beatles and Roy Orbison at Sheffield City Hall; his stunned realization that Rolls Royce-driving Freddie Garrity, singer with Freddie and the Dreamers, was sharing an outside toilet in his Fir Vale back yard. Inspired by his teacher at Firth Park Grammar School English , the story culminates in his winning a scholarship to Cambridge, and on to a life as editor of Mirror Books, award-winning poet, and art critic of the Independent in London.
Advantages: Well I passed! Instructors very helpful with loads of patience - what every learner needs Disadvantages: Using a Ford Focus to teach lessons.
...It was the summer of 1998 when I first sat I the driving seat of car for a lesson. Little did I know at the time that it would take me: five different cars, four driving tests, three driving examiners, two instructors and one driving school ? the AA. I don?t know whether this is something to be proud of, but eighteen months later the driving license finally arrived in the post! I could come up...
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I have just booked up my first 12 driving lessons with the AA via the phone.
I had been surfing the internet for some time looking at various driving schools, where thay operated, how much they cost etc etc
I finally decided that I was going to learn with the AA as in my area if you pay for 12 hours tuition in advance you get £2 off each lesson which adds up over time...
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Advantages: Get a full licence, independence Disadvantages: Costs a lot of money to learn to drive and run a car
...of learning to drive with a school rather than with a family member. I don't think I would have had enough confidence to drive a car with single controls when I first started learning.
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I passed my theory test first time about three months into my driving lessons. The theory test involves answering 35 questions relating to road safety. You then have to do Hazard Perception which...