Archive | December, 2014

#LISSEN. Andy is away down memory lane.

24 Dec


I was writing to a friend now living in France to thank her for a lovely Christmas card but one thing led to another as often happens in my daft life. I do not think she will mind if I post an extract from the email.

The very French card made me think of Jacques Tati last night and I dug out a dvd which my son had copied for me years ago. Mon Oncle. Great stuff. The first time I heard about Tati was just after I arrived on Singapore Island with my regiment in 1955 (told you I was an old humbug). There was a makeshift cinema at the garrison where we were stationed before heading for active service in Malaya. The cinema was run by The Army Kinema Corps and the word flew around that there was to be ‘ A French fillum’ (it was a Scottish regiment!) shown that evening. Much winking, oooing etc. If it was a French movie it must be a bit naughty.

The small theatre was packed. I bought a newspaper twist of peanuts from a wee Chinese woman with tiny feet (the wee woman had tiny feet, mine were size eight in my army boots) and sat back in my rattan chair to enjoy the wicked French movie.

The ‘fillum’ had been running for about five minutes when I was aware of rather a great deal of movement around me but I was engrossed in the movie and paid no attention to the noises off. When I eventually stirred and looked around me I was mystified to find that I was the only guy left in the cinema. They had all been expecting a naughty French movie and what we got was Jacques Tati in Hulots Holiday. Fantastic!! I have been a firm fan of Tati since then.

That’s all folks!


#LISSEN. More tails of Bella the Scottish dog.

16 Dec

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#LISSEN. Here is a photo of Bella checking out one of the Clava Cairns. Note how she walks carefully and respectfully through this ancient site on her native soil situated just east of Inverness, Scotland.

We are pretty sure Bella is from this area but can’t be absolutely certain. Bella came from a dog rescue centre in the Inverness area when she was a young dog. She displays all the characteristics of products from this Highland area; she is intelligent and makes sure everybody is made aware of that fact. Ditto for good looking. She does not suffer fools gladly. When ordered to come over here and sit down, she sits down precisely when the command is issued but plainly and stubbornly shows her disdain for the commander by ignoring the ‘come over here’ part of the instruction. Daft is another word that, unlike Bella, immediately springs to mind.

You can see more information about the ‘doings of Bella’ by following this link to my page;


8 Dec

#LISSEN. I was just curious this morning, wondering how I could get reviews for my first book, My Army Daze by Andrew Wishart. It seemed kinda forward to go around asking people to review my stuff (you will by now have gathered that I am of the shy and retiring type) and I had an idea sparked off by an electric light bulb flashing above my head. The light bulb is a fairly recent app installed as an experiment by my health advisers. It seems to be working o.k. but it sometimes catches in doorways if I forget to duck slightly when opening the front door. It is merely teething troubles, I think.

Anyhoo, back to my idea. Why not just look up amazon kindle books details on the internet? Quick as a flash, just like my light bulb, I checked out amazon kindle and searched under memoirs and biographies for my books. Bingo! I found I had no less than six reviews for My Army Daze by Andrew Wishart, Each review received either four or five stars. Whoopee!

Apparently anybody can check it out as well at;  but United Kingdom searchers may like to substitute for the more usual .com because I believe amazon does not share review details between the U.K. and USA. I thought our two countries shared ALL our wee secrets.


7 Dec

Andy at sea.

#LISSEN. I have almost finished my third book, My Early Daze by Andrew Wishart which is a wry look at a young boy growing up in wartime Scotland. Text is now in the skillful hands of Steph at  Steph will tell me tactfully how to present my wee, daft book for publication. Above pic is actually for the chop. I have decided that it does not show me in an adventuring and manly pose and really does not accentuate my strong and brave nautical personality.

Pity really. I had written a wee poem for this photo.’A Wishy Wish’.  I wish I was a sailor boy, I’d sail way out to sea. OH NO !     I WON’T !! IT’S BLOODY COLD !!! Oh dearie, dearie me.

Perhaps you just can’t wait for this to appear on amazon kindle. In the meantime you can check out my other daft memoirs by following this link;  There you will find details of my other memoirs, My Army Daze by Andrew Wishart and My Rock ‘N’ Roll Daze by Andrew Wishart.

Perhaps, like me, you have a careful and thrifty Scottish nature ? I have more good news for you. Amazon will give you a FREE look at each book to make sure you can ‘try before you buy’. I think that is fair enough and the book prices are ridiculously low anyway. Later.

#LISSEN. Farther adventures of Bella the Scottish dog.

1 Dec


Bella the clever Scottish dog penetrates the Anchor Church cave dwellings in south Derbyshire, England. Not many dogs have made it this far but Bella is a cute and cunning girl. A bit of a thinker really. She always knows when it is dinner time at 4 p.m. Bit of a problem sometimes, especially if I am in the pub trying to have a quiet afternoon pint around that time. However, Bella knows that, with patience, I can be trained. You can find out more about Bella if you follow this link, all her posts are here;

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