Thursday 8 May 2014


British writer Leslie Thomas was orphaned at the age of 12.

His mariner father was lost at sea and his mother died of cancer just a few months later.

Leslie was raised in a Barnardo's children's home.

His autobiography entitled 'This Time Next Week' describes his early life as an orphan.

The book is full of warmth, good humour and contains many lyrical passages.

It is one of the great books of British literature.

Susan Sandon describes Leslie Thomas's books as having a "mix of great characters, strong sense of time and place, and unique ability to combine laughter and tears in the space of a few sentences."

Leslie Thomas (above) was born in Newport, in South Wales.

He was sent to a Barnardo’s home in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

His dying mother told him that the teachers at Barnardo's "play soldiers in the woods and the fields with the boys. I’ve heard they have a very good time . . ."

Barnardo's Kingston.

In 1949 Leslie thomas was called up for National Service

He wrote:

"It was the late Forties and early Fifties, when courting was a frustrating business for young men in this country, usually connected with a brief kiss and a long walk because you had missed the last bus.

"Thousands, like me, felt a uniform and a call to action on the other side of the world may help. 

"The last night before I boarded the troopship for Singapore, I thought the military magic had worked.

"I walked a girl home from a dance in Slough. 

"She worked in the Mars factory and she said she wanted to give me something to remember her by.

‘It was a Mars bar. 

"I ate it on the three-mile walk back to the transit camp."

Leslie Thomas and his second wife Diana.

Leslie Thomas liked Britain.

He wrote:

'Great Britain is a wet afternoon at a football match, wet afternoons at a cricket match, it is the unending lottery of our weather. 

"I know where I want to be: here in Great Britain, it’s great.’

Leslie Thomas did briefly escape to the low-tax haven of Jersey.


Barnardos is a UK Children's charity, founded by Thomas Barnardo. Cherie Blair, wife of Tony Blair, is President of Barnardo's. Martin Narey ...

 Barnardo's is a UK children's charity. Sir Jimmy Savile used to abuse children at one of their children's ...


"Stephen Ward also helped out at ... Barnardo's with the traumatised kids (many had been beaten and raped etc.) The notorious Barnardos.

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At 8 May 2014 at 01:17 , Blogger aferrismoon said...

Willow Smith , aged 13, 'in bed' with her brother's 20-year old friend.
Innocent photo or subliminal agenda pushing?


At 8 May 2014 at 07:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems Leslie Thomas is a classic example of indoctrination into the military cult, who was a pied piper bringing those into the fold of fodder for imperial sacrifice

At 8 May 2014 at 12:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willow Smith , aged 13, 'in bed' with her brother's 20-year old friend.
Innocent photo or subliminal agenda pushing?

Are charities being taken over by the spies?

Blumenthal announced the pedophile crackdown on Nov. 14, 2012, a month before Sandy Hook. Press release:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) launched the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking with celebrity advocate Jada Pinkett Smith, founder of Don’t Sell Bodies, as well as two survivors of human trafficking: Minh Dang, a doctoral student, and Withelma “T” Ortiz, a college student.
Was Sandy Hook Payback for Bust of Child Sex Rings? Anyone Know This Cat Yoichi Shimatsu?

At 8 May 2014 at 22:06 , Blogger Peter said...

Hey Nobs! Are you about?
Dave McGowan's Laurel Canyon book is now available on Amazon. I am sure he'd approve of you writing a few kind words in a review.

At 11 May 2014 at 19:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who me?

Hullo Peter,

You make it sound as if he knew who I was. If he does I doubt he's a fan. He's never said boo to me.

As is, I read the Laurel Canyon thing when it was online but as for the book proper (no doubt re-written with more stuff added) I've not read it so I think it'd be a bit presumptuous for me to be having a spray on the topic. And what with having no means to pay for it I doubt I'll ever get to read it. I've not read his others - just the stuff that's free.

That aside, I only yesterday managed to connect to the net via something other than my censored library connection (Dave McGowan, wakeupfromyourslumber, voltairenet - all verboten) and finally got to read his Abraham Lincoln stuff. Phwooar! He's in good form isn't he?

Anyway, lovely to hear from you,

and best etc. etc.


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