Coal fired power stations are still necessary to the UK National Grid



Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant from the layby on the A453 close to junction 24 of the M1 in Nottinghamshire


Has the time come to ban all religious worship and related activities from UK Schools? — Tony Anthony J Sargeant


The 1944 Education Act put into place a state primary and secondary school system. It was an Act of Parliament introduced by a Conservative Minister, RA Butler, but implemented by the subsequent Labour Government under Clement Atlee. It was an immense leap forward. Nevertheless, as Anthony J Sargeant points out, it was flawed and ‘of its time’ with unfortunate and unforeseen consequences following subsequent developments in UK society.

via Has the time come to ban all religious worship and related activities from UK Schools? — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

Hor d’oeuvres ? or Tapas ? – or just a little snack ?



A lunch time snack prepared by Anthony J Sargeant: Manchego cheese, and Chorizo sausage thinly sliced some cold cooked wild sea trout pieces (right of plate), a few olives and tomato segments, and houmos with an oat cake. Oh yes and in the centre two Polish Potato dumplings with cheese filling (Pierogo Ruski).

South London, 1948 – on the Bromley Road between Bellingham and Downham


Anthony J Sargeant in a pushchair in 1948 with his mother, brother and grandmother

Anthony J Sargeant aged 4 years is in the push-chair – his brother aged 6 walks alongside with their mother while ‘Nan’ (paternal grandmother) is on the right. At that time in South London there were still trams and the tracks can be seen in the centre of the road. We would go shopping from the Bellingham Council Estate either to Downham, or to Catford – always walking to the shops.


Early 20th Century Chinese Carpet in the collection of Anthony J Sargeant



It may not be to everybody’s taste in terms of the colour palette but this is a very interesting Chinese Carpet from the beginning of the 20th Century. Tony Sargeant bought this in a provincial auction in about 2010. The carpet is notable for the use of traditional Chinese symbols throughout as well as its choice of colour for the field. But the question remains …. having now stopped trading in antiques … how is Anthony J Sargeant to find a place for it in a new home?

Chicken in a Tarragon sauce for supper



Supper last night, 5th March 2018, for Anthony J Sargeant was chicken breasts in a white tarragon sauce with a few vegetables. It was quite successful – the sauce was very pleasing though the chicken itself, although free range and carefully cooked was less successful (possibly a little over-cooked) – but then the vegetables were good especially the sweet buttery carrots.

Cold Sirloin Steak in thin slices with pan fried tomatoes and crispy double fried chips


thin cut cold sirloin steak with roasted tomatoes and crispy chips

Anthony J Sargeant had cooked and eaten most of this thick sirloin steak the night before. This meal was the ‘leftovers’ the end piece of the 3 cm thick steak sliced vertically and very thinly into mouthful sized pieces. Served very simply with a few new potatoes and salad.