Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age
Midday, February 2008. I was in London and in The French House pub. Being In a nostalgic mood I had ordered a Pink Gin. Lying on the bar in front of me was a new and empty notebook in which I hoped to put down some recent impressions before I forgot them.
Apart from being one of the few places where you can get a correctly served PG, the French House in Soho is my local when in London. It is also a home for home for actors, writers and artists. There is no music, no television, mobile phones are prohibited and beer is served in half-pints only. A perfect pub, I would say.
Now if there is one drink that sticks a pin into my memory, it is a Pink Gin. The smooth taste of a good Gin – Plymouth being my preference and the mere suspicion of angostura bitters can, like the fast rewind of a film, transport me back over the years.
It was the past I was thinking about when I took today’s first satisfying sip and my eyes alighted on the cover of my notebook. Printed large on the cover was a quote by the Decline and Fall historian, Edward Gibbon.
“Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.”
Eureka! The above declaration applied perfectly to yours truly. I would write a Rise and Fall of my own life. Alas. Five years and a few PGs on, with and dozens of filled notebooks, my undertaking has yet to be concluded. I have promised myself and the few would-be-interested-readers (mainly friends) who humiliate me with my tardiness, to take heart – It took Gibbon thirteen years to complete his Magnum opus and J.K.Rowling needed all of seven to write her first Harry Potter Book.
Bear with me, I still have an on-going life to write about.
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