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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2010, 10:18:09 PM »
It is time for me to unveil some fun facts about my existence. My real name is Pieterjan, which for most of you would mean nothing unless I said it means “Peter John” in English. My maternal language is Dutch, but as all Flemings I speak English, French (not that much though) and I understand German.

I was born in the coastal province of Belgium in 1980, which makes me 30 years old. I am currently living in Brussels, but that for sure is not our final destination. We’ll be living in other parts of the world for sure.
I work in academia (that is: until my contract ends) preparing a PhD in Political Science and giving a number of classes to undergraduates (both at BA and at MA level). My field of research is the “European Union”, the institution that is not much loved but equally not much understood. Especially the Brits seem to misinterpret plenty of things about it, but here is not the place to lecture anyone ;-)
I have a girlfriend, who is a Fulham fan in her own right, who is an animation movie maker, independent artist and who has recently started her own business making customer based pieces of art (basically she draws, in discussion with the customer, what he/she wants). 

I became a Fulham because of Airfix’s endless talks about the Whites: even when I did not care (shame on me) he would inform me what the score was, who performed well/bad and how sad/happy he was. The 2007-2008 season wasn’t the best for the Whites and in the final months (when they secured their place in Premiership miraculously) he spoke even more about Fulham than normal. As a result, he got me – and some other people – hooked to Fulham. (even though Fulham is an "acquired taste").
Airfix and myself met through an online football game (www.powersoccer.com) in which we both had/have a management role. I head the team that heads some 50 forum admins, after basically building that from scratch, whereas Airfix wastes everybody’s time with statistics of a useless nature. Befriending Airfix wasn't too hard, as he - or "she" as he is known in the game - has an excellent taste in humour (I am funny, he likes funny people) and is overall a nice, trustworthy and intelligent chap. We don't discuss politics, so that helps too.

Fulham is the first team that I really follow in a detailed manner. It is equally the first team of which I have a shirt! Airfix brought it with him when I took “his” bus to the game in Hamburg. My dedication to Fulham cannot be proven better than with this anecdote: I actually had a 38,5 ° fever and was later diagnosed with the “kissing disease”, which wears you out for a lengthy period. Despite that minor issue, I went to see the game (and as the boys told me later on) became a true Fulham fan seeing them lose.

I am following a Belgian team too, which is Union Saint Gilloise, a former bigshot but now a Division III team. It is in my view the only "Belgian" team left in Brussels, in the sense that people speak French, Dutch and Bruxellois (a patois of Dutch and French) without thinking about language divisions and the separation of the country. You can start a sentence in French, change to Dutch halfway and end with the typically Brussels "menneke". They are under-achievers but the few times I have the chance to see one of their games (I have too much work), it is always great fun!

That’s about it. COYW.
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2010, 12:42:41 AM »
I hold no responsibility to the outcome of drink/arm wrestling related injuries or indeed the score line Lork. However if we win I will let you buy me a pint on your next trip South.
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2010, 01:26:40 PM »
Hi, my real name is Don, but living in Cebu (by the way it's pronounced “say boo”) and deferring to  others who used Don long before I joined here, I decided on cebu as my FoF name.

I was born in Paddington in 1947, but we moved a few weeks later to Colehill Lane, Fulham where I grew up. It was my older brother who dragged me to my first Fulham game, but I never needed to be persuaded after the first time, having become instantly addicted to the whites.

I left the UK in 1972, so keeping track of FFC was very much from afar. The advent of fast internet connections has changed all that, though of course it's not the same as actually attending matches.

Sometimes people pose the question, “What team would you support, if FFC ceased to exist”? The only possible answer for me would be “None”.


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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2010, 03:52:54 PM »
Hello, my name is Dave and I'm a Fulham addict. I live on the Berks/Hants border, but work in Swindon (hence the avatar because of the 'West Country' connections - plus I quite like the stuff). I am middle aged, with a lovely wife but no kids. So I should have plenty of time and money to watch The Whites but it doesn't seem to work out like that! I have a habit of posting late in the evening after a few sherberts, so would like to apologise for some of those posts. :wine:

Born in Claygate, I was first taken to The Cottage by a school mate in 1981, which was the season that Super Mac took us up from Div 3. None of my family were football fans, but I was the youngest and a bit of a rebel. I was 15 and we had quite a few of us that used to go up together, acting like hoolies and just having a laugh. I enjoyed the buzz as much as anything, and we used to get in a few scraps (Gillingham and Wimbledon spring to mind). After that great first season and an even better next season, I was well and truly hooked. I managed to rope in an older mate with a car and we used to make it to most matches home and away. After that, the football slowly got worse and worse. My mates drifted away (although one of them still goes fairly regularly) but I just kept turning up. Every season we seemed to get worse, every match was the 'last one at Craven Cottage', and every Manager had less and less money to spend. But Fulham was part of my life by then, and the ever dwindling faces around me on the terraces were 'family'. A knowing nod, or a brief chat was all it took to renew faith and determination to stick with the Club until the end. There were many people who gave their time, their pennies and their voices to try and get The Club through those difficult  times and they all deserve huge credit. I think we all knew that it would take a minor miracle, and that duly arrived in the shap of Big Mo. The rest is now history.

The spotty teenager is now all grown up, and the wife is as mad about Fulham as I am. We've introduced several nieces and nephews, and all the family know where we'll be on a Saturday afternoon. I am almost embarrassed by how much this Club means to me - I really am old enough to know better! But as I walk up those steps at the back of the Hammersmith End, and see the pitch stretch out in front of me, luminous under the floodlights, the fans at the back chanting and clapping........well it still gives me that little tingle at the back of the neck and I realise that I could never give up this crazy drug called Fulham Football Club. Est. 1879.
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2010, 08:01:09 PM »
Hello
My name is Simon and I have a Fulham problem,actually,it's not a problem at all,it's the only thing keeping me sane(ish) to be honest.
And my mates use my middle name of Stan because Simon isn't northern enough.
Born in 1970 in a post industrial town up north called St Helens,the 1980's killed it stone dead so I left in 1990 and I only go back now to vist my mum and watch the rugby league.I've worked on the Cruise ships and went round the world,worked in North Wales,Worcester and 7 years in the Isle of Man before moving to Reading to work for the BBC. No rugby league in Reading so what to do?
I got recommended to Fulham by a chelsea fan,maybe as a joke,but still I gave it a go and....................................................I became an addict,thats the only word for it.
I love the people,the respect for the game,the love of the honesty of it all,the lunacy,the lack of glory hunters,the fact we have this wonderful old ground that doesn't exsist anywhere else anymore,the fact that we can't beat Hull but we gave Juventus a football lesson, a result I will take to the grave.
Fulham fc,the fans,this site all help me get through the week of mind numbing boredom that I call work,the shinning becon of hope that lights up the weekend.I can give up everything in my life I have except 3 things-beer,sausages,and Fulham football club :59:

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2010, 08:37:33 PM »
I suppose that makes me OddJob then Mr Fat Fred (or GoldFred as we will now have to call you),which is funny because thats what I look like(sort of) LOL  :005: :005:
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« Reply #36 on: November 07, 2010, 10:05:56 PM »
Hello,

 My name is John (like about 20% of all males born in the mid-thirties that I have met).

I honestly can't remember my first Fulham match but I started going with friends at about the age of 13, so around 1948, and I was therefore lucky enough to see all those legends - Haynes, Langley, Macedo, Robson, Leggat, Mullery, Jezzard, Moore, Clarke, Cohen - Hill!. I was born and bred just the Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge, and we would walk to the Cottage past the wharves and warehouses that have long since given way to expensive homes for city types. When Fulham were playing away we would, like many, either watch Chelsea or treat ourselves to seats in THE stand to watch the reserves.

I moved down to the south coast near Bournemouth in 1962 when I married, and work and family commitments meant that I only saw a handful of matches between then and the beginning of the Al Fayed era. I always followed the club's progress (if that's an appropriate word) but the media coverage was sparse in the lean years. The coming of MAF and the internet era raised the profile of FFC and my enthuisiasm was rekindled. I started posting on the old official board and then TIF in 2000, the year in which I became a Senior Citizen (hence the handle Senior Supporter, now shortened to SS). I have managed to bring up my two sons to be Fulham supporters, and my first match for some years was a birthday  present from them when the took me to a match at Loftus Road, and some match that was! Half time, buying the pies, Fulham 0 Spurs 2 and thinking this was not the way fairy stories should be. Then full time Fulham 3 Spurs 2, and a fitting outcome for a prodigal son.

I still live on the south coast but get up to the Cottage when I can. For a couple of seasons I had one of the ten match season tickets (what a shame they stopped doing those) and now I get up when I can. My next visit is for the Birmingham match, so I'm hoping for a fitting result.

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2010, 12:17:54 AM »
My name is Galvin and I am about to hit the big five zero. I put Local Government Officer on my passport but in reality I have the best job at Exeter City Council as the Parks and Playing Fields guru. I've been in the business as it were for nearly twenty three years, married for twenty five years last month and the eldest will be twenty one after Christmas. Is it any wonder the crossroads look like quicksand. I have added an old 1972 Landrover to my mid life crisis list which makes my weekends pretty well sorted. Fulham wherever and whenever possible and spanners, grease and bewilderment on Sundays. I have been a black and white for well over thirty years and that seems to have flown by. My grandparents used to live on Norwood Hill and on regular visits I would return home to Redhill via Crystal Palace, the Peter Taylor era, Chelski during the punk rising on the Kings Road and Fulham to kill some time. My Dad was a tailor near Oxford Street and the Chelsea boys like Bonneti, Osgood and Hutchinson were regulars and latterly Kerry Dixon and others went along as well so I got tickets, photo's and all that sort of stuff but the simplicity of the Cottage and the underdog at Wembley finally nailed it for me. I rode the rollercoaster and put the miles in until I got elbowed in the face on the tube one morning on the way to work, had a paddy and headed west. Too much detail to fill in the gaps but one day I was married, we had Elliot and Caitlin, (Scalley), a dog, a mortgage, I wore a shirt and tie to work and had completed a degree in my late twenties la de dah. We were always very sporty and the kids did the whole junior football thing from whence came an interest in coaching. I did both my C and B Licences back in the late nineties and I have been very fortunate to work on some great projects, a Centre of Excellence programme where I met and hopefully befriended Tony Gales dad, County Games and loads of school initiatives. Elliot did as much as he needed to and was a very good keeper but at 15 he got into music, festivals and his own band prior to swanning off to Norwich UEA to study Politics. He'll watch cricket and shows a polite interest in Fulham but his one game though, the Saha debut at Tiverton, is best remembered for him wanting to come home after twenty minutes. Caitlin took to sport and played county, district and regional level football, rugby and baseball. Vying for top spot in my welling up list with the Juventus finale is her walking out at Bath in an England top. She went to Gloucs Uni a couple of years ago to study Sport related stuff and will make a very good coach/teacher one day ...... cocky so and so.  She has earn't her shirt as it were and has three flags up in her room. The Devon cross, the cross of St George and my Hamburg one. She is the one who started "We're winning away" at Birmingham a couple of years ago which caused a mini riot in the Zulu quarter and "Who are ya" directly at David Trezeguet much to the amusment of the Italians sat around us. She was the mascot for the Exeter friendly when the new kit that was'nt even colour fast was unveiled. Great day for me as I got to meet and greet the team coach and introduce the team to the joys of grass roots. It was'nt intentional though. A couple of minutes earlier the gate literally broke when we openned it on hearing the coach at the top end of the ground. Coleman might have wondered why I barely moved and leant forward to shake hands with everyone but one foot was holding a corrugated fence back and my left hand was pushing back on the wandering post. A great day.
My wife, Denise, tolerates the Fulham affair but appreciates that being a Fulham fan has an aura about it. The kids I have coached down the years have laughed at me, aplauded me, scoffed and asked questions about my sanity but have all remembered me for hailing the likes of The Horse, Morgs, Tony Gale, Saha, McBride and latterly BZ and emphasisng the other attributes they all had .... professionalism, sportsmanship, skill not manhood size. Many people we see now and again or indeed had'nt seen for a while, when the kids leave home a whole new social circle develops, remember me as the Fulham bloke or envied the Europa experience. I usually come up on the Waterloo line which is a lazy three hour chug through our green and pleasant land. In the past I have dragged up exiled Wolves, Reading, Gooner, Spam, Charlton and Liverpool fans who have had a good day out and thats our aura. To play Fulham and to play at Fulham is as unpredicatble as my mother in laws trifles.
I have a whole list of wants and needs for the five zero, bit like a bucket list really. Perhaps thats another thread for when there is little going on pitch side.

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2010, 02:10:58 AM »
I wrote this for the old messageboard on Feb 23, 2006.

"How did we become Fulham supporters?

Against my better instincts, I find myself being sucked inexorably into this messageboard.  I chuckle at some of the ribald humour.  I admire some articulate posts; I fail to comprehend others.  And I have no idea why I’m always being told to think on.  But I try.
Sometimes I wonder how we all found ourselves under the same roof, so to speak.  So, at the risk of setting myself up for a severe bollocking from some of the less welcoming members of the community, I thought I would bore you to death with the story of how I came to love Fulham.
In 1976, I moved into a leafy West London lane called Doneraile Street.  One Saturday afternoon, I found four large men picking up my Mini and dropping it 1” short of the car in front in order to park their Ford Zephyr in the new space they had created.  A little later I could hear lots of ooohs, aaahs, polite clapping followed by sharp bursts of frenzied cheering.  Without knowing it, I had taken a bedsit within spitting distance – well, a prodigious gob - of Craven Cottage. 
I had no interest in football, but I decided to investigate the next home game.  Somehow, I chose the Stevenage Road Stand and stood right by the half way line in front of a very tall, acerbic man with a beard, the loudest voice in Christendom and a viciously malevolent sense of humour (where’s Osama?).
On the pitch were Bobby Moore, George Best, Rodney Marsh and a few other waifs and strays of lower league standard from the old Division 1.  I was immediately hooked, lined and sinkered.  I went to every game I could just to see the useless Marsh trip over his own toes.  Fat, drunk and wasted, Best was still as fine a footballer as you could ever wish to see – watching him show the ball to Ray Lewington (Chelsea) and making him fall over in utter confusion just through mysterious hip and foot movements without even touching the ball was priceless. 
Moore was even better.  He made the art of defending and passing the ball from the back look so easy.  He was slow, but opponents rarely got past him.  Moore was years ahead of his time. 
There followed many years of happy times at the Cottage.  I eventually tired of the bloke with the loud voice and the other negative fans in the Stevenage Road stand.  I found their close-up assassinations of our team’s players too debilitating for my taste, so I emigrated to the Hammersmith stand where there was space enough to wander at will.
I moved to New York sixteen years ago (Ed. now twenty), but the internet age drew me back to the club in time for the Al Fayed era, although my support has only been from a distance.
So, why am I writing such drivel to people whom I have never met?  What are we all doing wasting time in a glorified teenage online chat-room?  In my case, I don’t really know, but I can say with a fair degree of certainty that the people who support Fulham don’t do it because they want an easy life.  They obviously don’t follow the crowd.  They haven’t taken the easy route of supporting a big winning team.  I don’t particularly understand this “Fulhamish” thing, but following Fulham is definitely for stalwart individuals who like to stand up for the underdog with style, self-deprecating humour and unabashed loyalty. 
This shines through on the messageboard.  It’s a great, egalitarian slice of life – a credit to London, to the club and to its participants.
That’s my reason and my excuse – and I’m sticking to it.
SENT @ 10.30am 2/23/06

Not a lot has changed, other than the fact that I've forgotten how to post on the old messageboard, my name is still Joe and I got into the parallel world of the music industry by living the words of the song "I fought the law and the law won."
Back to the present, I train black and white dogs how to herd sheep and chase birds - I earn a crust from living the life of a professional wild goose chaser.  Oh yes,  I still live far from the green and pleasant land some sixty miles north of New York City.
To add a schizophrenic element to the confessional, I was born and raised in Wales to a Welsh father and an English mother who died when I was two.  As a result, my English grandmother exported me to English boarding school two weeks after my seventh birthday to rub out any vestiges of Welshness.  I've never looked back since, but I still speak Welsh to three of our dogs that I brought over from the hills of my home country.
I'm wed to a girl from New Malden (29 years now).  We have two grown, left-leaning children who live and work in New York City. 

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2010, 08:51:50 AM »
Int - (the sound of fingernails screeching down a blackboard) camera pans to reveal a weather beaten old sea dog wearing a cap and a cigarette dangling from his mouth.

Equalizer: "Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', an' down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing. "

Ooh, I don't know what came over me. Must have been a flashback to my days as a shark diver...

Anyhoo, my name's Tom, I'm 34 and grew up on Clem Attlee Court in Fulham. My dad is a filth supporter, along with my sister and pretty much all of the friends that I grew up with. Fortunately, my mum and her family are Fulham supporters. Even more fortunately, it wasn't my dad that took me to my first game, but my uncle Brian (who still drinks in the Eight Bells and the Whistle).

My first game was Fulham vs Chelsea in the 1985 Milk Cup replay. We lost. I was changed for life.

My dad started taking me to games regularly in the early 90s up until I moved to Bristol for University. I tried to get to as many games as I could whenever I was back home, but it wasn't until 1997 that I started going to every home game. My friend Simon used to get tickets for free, so we were always in the enclosure. Then one day Simon stopped going to see Fulham and I was left on my own. It was then that I bought my first season ticket and met someone in a pub who I'd shared banted with on the Offal. That bloke was Airfix, and we started going to games together. Me in the Hammy End, him in the enclosure. We then extended our group of friends to all and sundry from the Offal and TFI, and here most of you are now!

One big happy family, brought together by the despair that is being a Fulham supporter.  :yay:
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2010, 01:38:01 PM »

I took my son to his first game when we played at Loftarse Rd (v. Cheltenham in the FA Cup, 1-0)

How strange.  That was the last game that my father and I attended together.  He died three weeks later.

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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2010, 02:33:38 PM »
Mr. Airfix, I agree with Mr. Fred --ALERT THE MEDIA -- this is a great thread, and thanks for starting it up.
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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2010, 05:25:15 AM »
This is too good a thread to sit on Page 5, so BUMP!! :045:

Still plenty of you who could write a few sentences about yourselves. :clap_hands:
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« Reply #43 on: November 14, 2010, 10:45:33 AM »
Hello. My name's Andrew. I'm 50 and live in Brighton. I was born in Bristol but moved to Nottingham when I was 3. It was there I got interested in the beautiful game and - like my friends - supported Forest. This was despite my dad supporting Fulham because his father had been a season ticket holder and Fulham resident. His mum was living in Putney, before the family moved to Carshalton before WW2.
He used to tell me of the post war years with nearly 50 000 people in the Cottage, the Johnny Haynes and Jimmy Hill years.

My dad and I used to draw a graph each week of Forest's and Fulham's position in the old Div 1 until Fulham got relegated. That was a couple of seasons before Dad's job took him back to London and we settled in Ruislip on the NW edge of the Great Wen. My dad took me to see Forest lose 6-1 at Spurs and also started taking me to the Cottage a few times. When Forest got relegated we got to see them more regularly, standing at the Putney End - him cheering Fulham and me Forest. Our trips to the Cottage and to see Forest at other London grounds became more frequent and around 1973 I actually decided I preferred Fulham to Forest. I started going with mates and standing in the Hammy End. My dad went through a stage of standing in the Enclosure and the Putney End where he used to get odd looks from the away supporters when cheering on the Cottagers. He changed jobs a few times before ending up working for Harrods in their insurance department - for Mo. He died in early 2000 when I was living abroad but he was really chuffed that Mo had revived Fulham's fortunes.

Through university (in Cardiff) I managed to see the Cottagers a few times a season and after moving to London and then Brighton in 1986 managed about 10 games / season. Unfortunately the football season coincides with the British surfing season - the other great non-family love of my life - so I've never had the time or money to commit to a season ticket. Now I have a 4 year old daughter and she supports Fulham - the 4th generation of my family, which I'm very proud of. I was going to take her to the Wigan game but I broke my leg and am largely confined to the house, so it will wait till the Spring.

The highlights of my FFC career? Undoubtedly last season, when I made it to Rome and Hamburg (twice) and being the only British football team to make the final of a major competition. The 75 cup final. The lowlights? The early 90s when we only just escaped the Conference and nearly lost the Cottage.


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Re: Have we ever introduced ourselves?
« Reply #44 on: November 14, 2010, 11:52:51 AM »
What a fantastic thread I've loved finding out more about those I don't know.

I'm the White witch of Dorking and I am currently to be found in the middle of the JH stand right on the half way line and half way up.  Started off life in the Hammy End by the green pole and my first regular match with a proper Season ticket was also Leggy's first appearance.  Big crush on beardy weirdy footballer ensued though it was captain Coleman who set my girls hearts a flutter.

I married into a Fulham family.   Grandad had a pawn shop on the FP road and must have been one of the first regulars when the church team became FFC.  Father in law started going as a toddler and he took Mr Witch from the age of four.  Now my son is the fourth generation to sit in the JH stand.

So I followed as a bystander for many years but didn't go to games as it was very much a 'mens thing' however I was very into the internet and followed the Ostrich for a long time before I was tempted to respond to him one day and logged on as WHITE witch.  A while after that a certain LBno11 posted that he was in Dorking with his wife for the day and as I was rushing down to my computer class I almost bumped into a very tall gentleman in a Fulham shirt - couldn't resist asking him if he was LB - now he is the witchminder general!!

I had an away ticket for a cuple of seasons and met a lot of you guys on my travels - the rest in the good old GL and through my message board activities.  It's been a joy to have Corked hat here to stay and the Silver Fox and I share an unhealthy obsession with cheese.  I've even been for a fix to Lyon market with him and his lovely wife.

i adore the team - Leggy was replaced by Moritz in my affections and my current love is our Clint.     I never miss a homematch though I don't travel as much these days due to financial restrictions as I amnow officially a pensioner aaargh where did all those years go?