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This book of commentaries on the vagaries of life sharpened up by (mostly) light-hearted verse is a reflection of some of the author’s thoughts and experiences. Love, sex, politicians, philosophy, box-ticking, egoism, political correctness and stupidity are treated with respect, appreciation, cynicism, humour, or scathing scorn as appropriate. Grandpas (and hopefully many others) will find they strike a chord, stir a memory and bring a quiet smile or even an appreciative chuckle. The author is (at the last count anyway) an eighty-four year old Grandpa with one wife, three kids and eight grandchildren. Before he retired he was a civil engineer and worked on a wide range of major projects including dams, tunnels, roads, bridges, water supply and sewage disposal. He is also qualified both as an arbitrator and as a formal conciliator and has acted in each capacity nationally and internationally. For many years he served as a part-time soldier in the Territorial Army. He has played most games with more enthusiasm than success. He has been down the Cresta Run, skied, sailed, and driven in Circuit of Ireland rallies. One way or another he has had, at the very least, his fair share of life’s experiences. This may be discerned from the earthiness of some (not many) of the verses, a few of the words (not really bad ones) used, and the basic commonsense of many of the thoughts expressed. Anyone who holds Politically Correct views, who would be offended by earthy adjectives and expletives not usually heard in church, or who would be shocked by a little rather rude juvenile humour of the sort that Grandpas used to laugh at when they were at school, would be advised not to read it. That’s why it’s called what it’s called. Lots of Mums, Dads and Nanas will also enjoy it but, with the warning having been given, anyone who doesn’t like what he reads has only himself to blame. All the author's proceeds from ebook sales are equally divided between Parkinson's Society, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Chest, Heart and Stroke.

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