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date submitted 22.04.2010
date updated 23.04.2010
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LITTLE MICKEY H - A Norbury Lad

Mike Harper

Join the boy with a brain the size of a peanut for a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride down the avenues and alleyways of Norbury!

 

Will Hay... Kingsley Amis... Deryck Guyler... Derek Bentley... And NOW... MIKE HARPER! Could he be the fifth most famous person to have lived in Norbury? Not if you don't all read this great book about what life was really like growing up in a sleepy London suburb at the back end of the twentieth century. Join the boy with a brain the size of a peanut for a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride down the avenues and alleyways of Norbury. SCHOOL!....CHURCH!....WORK!....FOOTBALL!....GIRLS! COULD LIFE BE ANY MORE EXCITING?

 
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ml66uk wrote 159 days ago

Vernon Quaintance is in the news again:

The Tablet
11 October, 2013
Knights' former sacristan charged

A former sacristan for the Knights of Malta [and prominent advocate of infant circumcision] has been charged with a dozen counts of sexual offences against children dating from 1966 to 2011.

Vernon Quaintance, of Upper Norwood, south-east London, has been charged with one count of indecent assault against a 10-year-old boy in 1966, the same offence against an 11-year-old in 1976, and a single count of sexual assault against a boy aged 11.

He is further accused of three counts of inciting a boy aged under 16 to commit an act of gross indecency. Charges against him also include the possession of 1,285 indecent images of children.

A police spokesman said Mr Quaintance appeared at West London Magistrates Court in August and a case management hearing was due at the end of this month.

Mr Quaintance, who was made a companion of the Order of Malta, had been serving at the order's weekly Mass at the Church of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in north London. He was first introduced to the church in 2007 and stopped serving in 2011.

An inquiry this year found that three senior members of the Order of Malta were found to have failed to report alleged concerns about Mr Quaintance.

Harpic wrote 415 days ago

Hi Alison, thank you for your lovely comments. I was so pleased to hear from you and yes I do remember your husband Mark from St Joe's (big chap, straw-coloured hair - I don't know if I should say this, but he always reminded me for some reason of Dick Van Dyke's giant rag doll character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - I hope that won't mean that you suddenly see him in a different light!). I'd love to know whether I knew the person who forwarded the link to you - I know that one or two others (Angela Regan, Natasza Giemza) who worked with us at Sainsburys have read the book. As you might have discovered through reading, you were quite admired by many there including me, and I believe I wrote you a letter once which probably went a bit too far - I'm sorry for that. I had great fun remembering and writing about those times and I am glad that they brought back some happy memories for you too. I have some spare copies of the book that the publisher gave me for free for promotional purposes - I'd be happy to send one to you if you would like - there aren't many of us who have been immortalised in print for all eternity. Let me know your address details at mike@mjharper.fsnet.co.uk if you would like one. All the best and I hope this finds you well. Mike

Hi , I was forwarded this link to this book as I am in it! I was Alison Clark and I did work at Sainsbury's in Norbury. Really funny accounts of working there and actually of living during that era. I actually am married to someone who was in Mickey's year at St Joseph's College called Mark Davis and he remembers the same characters and stories from the school.
Thanks for taking me back to my youth xx

Ally49 wrote 417 days ago

Hi , I was forwarded this link to this book as I am in it! I was Alison Clark and I did work at Sainsbury's in Norbury. Really funny accounts of working there and actually of living during that era. I actually am married to someone who was in Mickey's year at St Joseph's College called Mark Davis and he remembers the same characters and stories from the school.
Thanks for taking me back to my youth xx

ml66uk wrote 731 days ago

You may be interested in the recent article in the Croydon Advertiser headlined "Croydon circumcision campaigner caught with child porn videos".

"THE head of a pro-circumcision group who used to run a children's computer club was caught with a hoard of child porn.

Vernon Quaintance, from Upper Norwood, has avoided a jail term – despite having three video cassettes with nine-hours' worth of clips showing boys as young as 11 engaging in sex acts.

Vernon Quaintance is the head of the Gilgal Society, a group dedicated to promoting male circumcision"

"Quaintance, who the court was told had been celibate for his entire life, admitted three counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child.

The retired telephone engineer was handed a 40-week jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to complete a sexual offenders rehabilitation course, and told to pay £300 costs."

Norbury Girl wrote 1080 days ago

I have lived in Norbury for a long time, went to St Joseph's Primary School and still go to St. Barts Church in Ellison Road. I roared with laughter at some of the things you said about people that I still know and how true they are!

eloraine wrote 1426 days ago

Well written, loved it. Good luck with it. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

Burgio wrote 1455 days ago

LITTLE MICKEY
This is an interesting coming of age story – interesting because the narrator is much older than in the average coming of age story. And because it’s so detailed it reveals much more than usual about the narrator and his family. It’s courageous to write this type of story because it holds back no family secrets. Those reveals, tho, are also what makes it a good read. I’m adding this to my shelf. Burgio (Grain of Salt).

Melcom wrote 1456 days ago

A truly humorous read. And it's all true, great stuff.

Happily shelved
Melxx
Impeding Justice

Harpic wrote 1457 days ago

Thanks for your comments Missy, very much appreciated:~) Mike

I love the nostalgic feel to this, you brought that time period alive! The style is great and your pacing is just the reight speed. I got involved quickly and sayed in volved. Kept forgetting this was a biography, thanks for sharing this with us.

Missy
Mark of Eternity

carlashmore wrote 1457 days ago

You know, if nothing else you have left this for your descendents. It is a sharp, well written, humorous and moving book that is highly involving. And you've lived it all. I felt there were a few too many semi-colons in Chapter 2, but that aside it is a wonderful book.
Carl
The Time hUnters

missyfleming_22 wrote 1457 days ago

I love the nostalgic feel to this, you brought that time period alive! The style is great and your pacing is just the reight speed. I got involved quickly and sayed in volved. Kept forgetting this was a biography, thanks for sharing this with us.

Missy
Mark of Eternity

soutexmex wrote 1458 days ago

Mike: Actually, I can go with both pitches. With the long pitch, I would break it down into smaller paragraphs so it reads faster. End it with one succinct question. Perfecting your pitches is how you climb in ranking to gather more exposure and comments to better your novel. The writing is good so I am SHELVING you.

Though I have been a very active member for over a year, I can still use your comments on my book when you get the chance. Every little bit helps. Cheers!

JC
The Obergemau Key

SusieGulick wrote 1458 days ago

Dear Mike, I love that you shared your story - especially your singles & tapes names - I'm 70 (memoir named below) & still have all of my singes, 45, LPs & tapes since I was in high school in the 50s. :) I can hardly wait until you write volume two of your story. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch that was before your story which was very well done. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what's going to happen next. I'm commenting/backing your book to help it advance. Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to comment/back my TWO books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & the unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end my illness now/6th abusive marraiage." Thanks, Susie :)

lynn clayton wrote 1458 days ago

Forget aliens and fantasy, this is my sort of book. The more parochial, the better. When autobiography is well-written it can't be beaten for fascination and truth. My only complaint is about the size of the text. Three cheers for promising to give us your thoughts without apology - any writer who's afraid to shouldn't write. Backed. Lynn

AJB wrote 1461 days ago

I've enjoyed reading your autobiography, Mike. I grew up at roughly the same time and a lot of your memories have brought back vivid ones of my own - particularly the music and TV references!

Your writing is smooth and easy to read and I like your honest, open style (although your experience with Mr Wilshire was somewhat disturbing!!).

Perhaps your experiences won't have a huge commercial appeal, but as a piece of family and social history, this is a fascinating read.

Amanda

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