Two things have happened recently. The Musician has flogged me his redundant scanner and I had some positive feedback about Maalie from my last post. Now you might not think these two things are related, but ... the scanner has enabled me to get some old photos onto the computer. Let's go:
This is probably the first ever photograph of the famous TV star of 'The Nature of Britain' in the arms of his Mum. We move on to small boy with little sister:
I always looked up to my big brother. After all, he was taller than me. As children we did a lot together, dammed streams, climbed trees, explored the countryside, went on cycle rides and generally had a happy, carefree childhood.
This was after our father pushed young Maalie into the sea off Canvey Island. He was scratting away in the sand and it all got too much for my father. He couldn't resist giving him a shove.
He grew into Maalie the fisherman.
We had many really lovely holidays on Gower in South Wales.
Maalie the rugby hero. I remember going along to the Grammar School to watch him play for the 1st XV. He thought I was going to cheer him on. Oh no. I was going to watch all those lovely 6th formers with their muscular thighs, the mud, the scrums ... oh oh oh ... Beckwith, Andrews, McGill- where are you now?
Maalie's interests were never ending. He took up horse riding in a big way.
He went to University. He learned the ways of a student.
He bought a motor bike and became Maalie the rocker.
He became Maalie the pin-up and sex god.
He became Maalie the father.
He became Maalie the grandad.
He became Maalie the TV Star.
Or at least, his hand did.