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Autobiographies — 12 Comments

  1. I wrote a similar piece detailing all the minutiae of daily life in the 1950s to mid-60s.  It had occurred to me that no-one ever describes the everyday issues like shopping,  diet, transport, healthcare, neighbourhood, culture etc. in those now far-off days of relative poverty.

    I wrote it for future generations, including lots of personality details of family members and descriptions of our house, its layout, equipment etc.

    Re-reading it merely emphasises how much has changed, both materially and culturally in the last 60 years.  Enjoy writing yours, I recommend it to anyone.

     

     

     

      • Not coy, it's not published, it's just for family archive/history purposes after my memory is no longer available – I think everyone I've libelled is already dead, but you can't be too careful.  It's already 32 pages, 23,000 characters long, I keep adding to it whenever I think of another aspect of my early life to describe/contrast.

        • Chicken!  Mind you, you only have a quarter of it done [assuming an editor doesn't slash out a few pages and assuming you mean 23,000 words not characters] so keep going.

  2. If you don't mind could you do a short comparison on the reach of the state into your life when you were chasing women round Dublin and its reach when you retired?
    I'm interested simply because almost all I know about Ireland has come to me through the media goggles save what I have found out from your scribbles.I trust you over any media mouthpiece/scribbler every time.

  3. Write it. Your grandchildren will love it. But maybe not until later in life.

    When you are young you are too busy, but later you wonder how you got there.

    Look at the success of Ancestry and all the find-out-who-you-are programmes.

    The other reason is to get your side of the story on record in case some rat decides that you were evil, owned slaves, abused your children, or were part of an evil state propaganda machine.

  4. Please write it.

    I regret that I never asked my father sufficient questions about his 'first life': married with no children, but as he was 50 when I popped out (with his 2nd wife), he had had a whole life before about which I know very little.

    Now my daughters and grandsons want to know about him and I lack too many details.

    They do like the few facts I know: he was 2 when Victoria died, fought in WW1 in the RFC and was a 'Captain Mainwearing' in WW2!

  5. There are so many things I wish I asked my Father, now, when its too late. So write that autobiography, especially the programming bit, as programming is the career I eventually fell into. 

  6. Okay.  It's with the design engineers.  If they produce anything it will go to  the manufacturers.  Assuming they do their stuff the components will be assembled in the Assembly Tower [where else?] and the final result will then be rolled out to the launch pad.  All going well, I reckon on about fifteen years to launch?

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