Cauliflower Cheese with Chilli, shards of thin Bacon, and Broccoli florets and stems

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A very tasty supper for Anthony J Sargeant. The ‘anchor’ of the dish of course was the cauliflower cheese (with just a hint of chilli to liven it up), but then topped with thin streaky bacon rashers and served with the freshness of Broccoli florets (but more important still wonderful stem sections.

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

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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 ?

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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

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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

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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?