Location – location!

A few minutes ago I was talking with my sister, Sophie, on the telephone.  She brought my attention to something she’d seen on the Internet: the old home that my paternal grandparents lived in in London, England was up for sale.  They’d lived in it way back in the 1920s through to the 1950s…and maybe before that.  

The place is in West Ealing and, as I recall, it was close to being a slum area in those days; poky little attached houses all along each street, no front gardens, and tiny little yards at the back which were good for nothing but drying out the washing – if it didn’t get blackened with London’s perpetual sooty atmosphere.

That old place was narrow, cramped and had little by way of comforts.  The tiny kitchen was lighted by a hand-lit gas lamp and the stove was fueld by coal.  All cooking was done atop cast-iron stove which also served to heat the house.

I guest the place would have been build sometime in the mid Victorian era.  Certainly it was an decrepit old house by the 1940s and 1950 when I had occassion to visit.  Now I see it being advertised for sale at 370,000 Pounds Stirling (That’s a million dollars plus Australian)   My old grandparents, who were always poor, would be turning in their graves if they knew what the place is fetching now.

All goes to show that God isn’t making any more land.


About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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