My dad, Ivan, the one in the middle, would have been eighty-nine years old today but sadly he didn’t make it by some way. I think about him every day but especially so on March 27th.
Luckily I have boxes full of memories and amongst them I have his exercise books where he wrote his sports reports.
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He was an avid sports fan, anything about Leicester, if I could wish one thing it would be that he saw Leicester City win the English Premier League in 2016.
Posted in Age of Innocence, Childhood, Growing up in the 1950s, History, Literature, World Heritage
Tagged Football, Higham Swifts, Ivan Petcher, Life, Photography, Scrap Book, Wellingborough Grammer School.
March 27th is a very special day to me because in 1932 that was the day that my dad, Ivan Petcher was born.
He was the sort of man that you hope to be like when you grow up and then wish you had been like when you are old.
He is gone now but this is one of my stories about him…
This challenge is so easy!
Ivan Petcher (1932-2003)
When I was a boy I developed a desire to see interesting places after visiting them through the stories that my Dad used to tell me. He was a well read and an educated man who passed on to me his love of history and geography. The family house was never short of books and encyclopaedias and he always had an abundance of time to enjoy them and share their stories with me. Through his inspiration I learnt about Paris, Rome, Athens and Madrid and travellers like Marco Polo and Captain Cook and I vowed that one day I would see these places for myself.
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Tagged Bill Bryson, inspiration, Ivan Petcher, Michael O'Leary, Tim Berners Lee, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” Gladiator (2000)
It was about a two hundred and fifty kilometre drive to Rome which took just over three hours and with a full day to pack in the coach picked us up before breakfast so we collected food parcels and set of for the Italian capital, which is the third most visited European city after London and Paris. The coach took the road towards Naples and then swung around the base of Vesuvius and picked up the A1 Autostrada that runs all the way from Naples to Rome and then on to Milan.
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Tagged Capua, Colosseum, Eternal City, Gladiator, Ivan Petcher, John Keats, Naples, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, River Tiber, Roman Empire, Roman Forum, Rome, Sorrento, Spanish Steps, Spartacus, St Peter's Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Vatican, Vesuvius, Victor Emmanuelle National Monument