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Oliver Phillips moved to a small village in France in 2005 after he retired from the Watford Observer. “Oli” worked for the newspaper for nearly 40 years and, as assistant editor and formerly sports editor, became the oracle on the affairs of Watford FC, writing the definitive book on the club’s history. During later years with the newspaper he also specialised in the history of the area, writing a series of extremely popular supplements and editing the newspapers’ weekly Nostalgia pages.
Posted at 2:40pm Monday 8th October 2012
The second in the series, which covers South West Hertfordshire from 1939-1959, was launched last Thursday evening, fittingly at Watford Museum where, as I wrote last week, Andrew Lewis, helped me get my teeth into the first supplement, Watford at War, back in 1994.
Posted at 9:00am Thursday 4th October 2012
It did not take long to realise that the Blitz also encompassed Watford quite significantly but even more surprising was the locality’s involvement in prosecuting the war.
Posted at 8:19am Wednesday 26th September 2012
There are two publications/books coming out in the next few weeks. I wrote nearly all of one and a large chunk in another.
Posted at 1:39pm Friday 21st September 2012
For years I would rise at 6.0 and head out into the morning with two dogs, taking them for a walk and then collecting the morning paper before heading home for breakfast, a browse, a shave and a shower. Then I would drive into work, seldom reaching my desk later than 7.10 or, if it was my day off, the golf tee.
Posted at 6:38am Friday 14th September 2012
THE other week, we were preparing to head for Carcassonne airport in order to meet daughter Abbie and her two girls from Dubai. They were popping over to have a look at our new surroundings.
Posted at 5:49am Friday 7th September 2012
AFTER almost six months into our move down south we travelled up to our former home, our unsold house in Limousin last week.
Posted at 2:40pm Tuesday 28th August 2012
THERE have been moments over the last six weeks when I thought perhaps we have made a mistake moving south.
Posted at 11:28am Saturday 18th August 2012
IT was somewhat embarrassing to find myself sitting in the local police station and explaining that my car had been stolen.
Posted at 12:25pm Saturday 11th August 2012
THERE is no disgrace in France if you have your house on the market for a couple of years. That is par for the course in normal times let alone when financial anxiety on a global scale lurks in the background.
Posted at 7:32am Friday 3rd August 2012
THE high tide of 1950s tourism rolled down the Spanish Mediterranean coastline as flight-times were cut with the development of aircraft.