Not sure how old I was (but not old enough to understand swear words certainly) but I had overheard my mum and my “aunt” Joan angrily discussing a bonfire that our next door neighbour, Mrs. Penrose, had lit, presumable just as mum had put some washing on the line.

Anyway apparently I walked into the house and proudly declared that I had been around to see Mrs. Penrose and told her!…. “told her what?” mum asked….. “I told her to put that bloody bonfire out!” I replied.bonfire1

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