52: The Ancestor Chest

Posted in Diary posts, Family stuff on April 27th, 2018 by Peter Baker

March 2018

My mother once told me that you’re not a proper adult until both your parents are dead. Thanks, Mum. Could have done without that particular life opinion. Some years later, on Radio 4, someone wise stated that – definitionally – you’re an adult when you stop obsessing about your own life and look-up to the ones around you. Still working on that.  Read more »

51: Great Grandfather John Donnelly’s Strong Box

Posted in Diary posts, Family stuff on February 11th, 2017 by Peter Baker

March 2017

Following the death our final parent last year, we’ve been investigating and organising their residual possessions. In November, we opened Great Grandfather John Donnelly’s 100-year-old strong box.

Of all the belongings Mum and Dad left us, the most interesting was a chest of photos and documents. These were accumulated across more than a century – stretching back through the old family house at Earlings, the earlier, larger, one at Lufkins, and my maternal grandparent’s previous base in Derbyshire from before 1942.

I was carrying four hemp bags worth of the chest’s contents when I visited cousin Donna in Suffolk, in November. Read more »

Reg Baker Interview – The British Army in Palestine 1946 to 1948

Posted in Miscellaneous on April 13th, 2014 by Peter Baker

My father, Reg Baker, was a dispatch rider for the British Army’s Royal Army Ordinance Corps, in Palestine, between 1946 and 1948.

This was a period of growing violence between elements from within the local Jewish community and British soldiers. These events were part of 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine which evolved into the into the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Read more »

Media update – The Jolly Pilgrim – Oct 2013

Posted in Book updates on October 27th, 2013 by Peter Baker


It’s been a while since I did one of these. A round up from the past 18 months … Read more »

Ten-Minute Play (Lorimer Dogood and the Three Arrows)

Posted in Miscellaneous, Website content on October 27th, 2013 by Peter Baker

Every year, my friend Simon Peace throws a min-festival of love, hope and peace in his back garden in Hertfordshire. It’s called PeaceFest.

At Peacefest, the festivalgoers are strongly encouraged to get on stage and contribute performance art.

Last year (PeaceFest 2012) we decided we needed some theatre, so I scanned the internet for a free 10-minute play to stage. I was unable to find anything appropriate, so I wrote one Read more »