OldFenBoy has a take on this mad mad world, as do we all, so for his exercise in rustic retirement where he was born and mostly lived, and for general entertainment, he is recording it herein, and publicising.
Who is this hairy old beast from the flatlands north of Cambridge, slouching towards…Bethlehem?
Who is OldFenBoy?
Cue rustic “Aarrrh!”
OldFenBoy gone good or bad according to perspective, yup.
It were the Acid Smoke Rocknroll long hair travel and education wot done it.
Born on riverbank goes from fen village school via scholarship to Grammar where not happy and eventually
“this boy cannot hope to pass more than three ‘O’ levels ” says headmaster and “if he comes back next term I shall have to ask him to leave”.
So seven winters of freezing family farming up and down tractoring flat fields until… Young Farmers is enough, suddenly its the sixties!
Multicoloured and happening and our hero drops out for months in the London wilderness…and tripping around Cambridge.
Then decides on Cambridge Tech. Nine months makes three ‘A’ levels and enough for Cardiff Uni. Yup. Economics bohemian anti-apartheid demos, debates president & more study, reading arguing and fun in Welsh rain.
Two years and exchange scholarship to Washington State Uni., USA. Whoohee and whoopee and even a Yeeha!. Anti-war protests, up Nixon, sociology ecology etc and back to finish Cardiff BSc Econ and into Cambridge Uni as Criminology Research graduate on drug use so to speak.
Exciting run to Morocco…twice
This and that, back to Camb Uni for Cert Ed, up and down, some rum stuff, ducking and diving, market trader, marry, train as therapist and rearing family in Fens, charity manager and now….retired…
Sheebang…enuff of this puffery, must get down to writing my psychedelic grandad book.
I have a book out I thought might interest you called Why We Take Drugs, published by Routledge – available from Amazon and all good book shops. If you want to find out more here is a link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Take-Drugs-Communion/dp/0415696100/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT3_S?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3OIX3Z43AZBB&colid=1ID5Z01B7257I or there is a review on PsychedelicPress UK.
all the best,
We do not hurry things here in the flatlands, Tom, actually been so busy when I have any energy with writing my book. Thanks for comment and I will look on psypress
Rog aka oldfenboy
Tom, you feel like a buddy but I am so hopeless operating this site I only just got the news!
Will check your book out. If you get this tell me which number of Psychedelic Press. Not in six years time ho.
I am reading your book Tom. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Glad you got in touch, will certainly have a look, I could use some help with my own book on psychedelics, well LSD really, there are so many now as you will know. Can you help? Or point me in some directions?
Been so busy scribbling, well tap tap tap, I have not opened this blog for weeks or months!
Hey hey. I was looking for a contact email but couldn’t find one. It sounds like you have some interesting stories, and was wondering if you’d like to share one of them on my blog as a guest post? I can link your book in there as well. Cheers.
To whom am I replying, its been so long..