Author Archives: Chris-CG

In the beginning

In the summer of 1950, John and Joan Granger were enjoying a holiday at the seaside. It was Par sands, in Cornwall. The war was 5 years in the past, and life was looking up.

Mum with Richard at Par Sands 1950


Their little boy, Richard, was 3 and loved playing in the sand and paddling in the sea with his mum and dad.





Dad and Richard Par 1950



Dad was obviously thinking – well, what was he thinking, I wonder?

Anyway, as luck would have it, I was born about 9 months later…


Chris at 3 months




In the summer of 1951, at our bungalow in West Wickham, I seemed to be settling in.

Terrible two

Chris inspects grass

As soon as I was able to get out and about, I had a good think about what I was going to do with my life. I was a pretty grounded kind of kid.

What career should I take up?


Chris with ball





Chris with propeller








Mum Chris and propeller


I got Mum to explain the pilot thing to me



but the proximity of the pool was a bit distracting


Chris inspects pool


Maybe a deep sea diver?



Chris pool and propeller




or underwater pilot?



Chris tastes ice cream




Then she introduced me to ice cream, and I forgot everything else!




Around that time I was disappointed to find that I could not walk on water

Chris and mum in sea

Chris and mum on beach



But then realised the trick is to choose very shallow water.





Chris and mum looking at sea



I had quite a nice day at the seaside





and my mum seemed glad to be there with me.

Mum cuddling Chris

Brief background

Chris GrangerThis is a bit about me. Well, my life story, really.

So, if you’re not family, you may as well look away, as this is going to get pretty boring.

If I can get this done before I get senile and forget it all, it may well be a long story.