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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
So close together these lichen bedecked tombstones weathered and now indecipherable are so close together that Anthony J Sargeant wondered why. Best friends perhaps two hundred years ago now laid side by side in this corner of a quiet Shropshire churchyard their graves carpeted with snowdrops. Photographed on a cold sunny February day in 2018.