There are many jobs, many professions, many businesses, where if at the first attempt you don’t get it right, you have the ability to have a second shot to rectify your mistake, in my role as a Funeral Director there are second chances, no opportunity to fix mistakes. The very nature of the service we…… Continue reading No Second Chances.
A piece written by my son James, he is 12 years old, I’ve left the text body and layout exactly as he has written it, hope you enjoy. My name is John Jawline and I live with my mum in Scotland since my dad died 2 years before I was born. I was doing the…… Continue reading The Pirate Island by James Sargent aged 12 years old
XII Apostles, LeighSt Thomas’s, LeighOur Lady, Leigh Regardless of who you are or what your religious persuasion is? Whenever we see a church closing down, or see one all boarded up, there is a tinge of sadness, and we all begin to wonder, how could it of closed? Churches have lots of money? Shouldn’t be…… Continue reading Churches Closing! Who’s Really to Blame?
I didn’t write this piece but I find so powerful and inspiring, I wanted to share it with you, we can all take lessons out of this speech, little snippets we can use each day in our lives, the part on “make your bed” inspires me as its so true! I hope you enjoy this…… Continue reading Make Your Bed”delivered by ADMIRAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN
There is no better feeling of getting my son up on a Saturday morning, so he can play football again. The COVID-19 pandemic impact has been extremely difficult for adults to handle and manage, but for our children it has been considerably worse. Prior to the pandemic my son who currently plays for Leigh Genesis…… Continue reading Saturday/Sunday Morning U12s Football Back Again!!!
You came naked,You will go naked.You arrived weakYou will leave weak.You came without money and things,You will leave without money and things.Your first bath? Someone washed youYour last bath? Someone will wash you. This is life! So why so much envy, so much malice, so much hate, so much resentment, and so much selfishness? BE…… Continue reading #bekind
My very first experience of JFK was day 1 when I reported to building#69! This is where Hudson General/GlobeGround North America’s main office was at the airport, there HQ was at that time over in Great Neck NY, I arrived prompt and early as I was required to sort out mu airside permits and my…… Continue reading Working At New York JFK 2000-2004 (Part 2: Day 1)
My son James is 11 years old, during lockdown he started writing short stories, creating characters and scenarios in his head. He has had no help from any of us or his teachers, just simply sits down with his laptop and drifts off writing. He really wanted me to share a this teaser from one…… Continue reading The Faceless Man A Story By James Sargent (Aged 11yrs)
My 11 year old son James during lockdown, started writing short stories all from his imagination. He received no help with his short pieces just sat quietly and put them together, he wanted me to share a couple of teasers from his stories this one is called “The Boy In The Branches” all in his…… Continue reading The Boy In The Branches A Story By James Sargent (Aged 11 years old)
As a Funeral Director working from an extremely busy location, this last 12 months have been incredibly hard, as I can imagine it has for the majority of my colleagues the length and breadth of the country or in fact the globe. We have been largely unrecognized throughout the pandemic, and have seen so many…… Continue reading Has The Pandemic Unwittingly Made Funerals More Personal?
Empire State Building from 5th AvenueW 59th Street from Central ParkPark Avenue looking towards MET life Bldg Who doesn’t want to visit New York City? After all its the city that “never sleeps” immortalized in so many songs and movies, countless books and publications, the line in the Frank Sinatra hit New York New York…… Continue reading A Stroll Through The Streets Of Manhattan (2001 Spring)
World Trade CenterTerminal 7 ramp at JFKA cross from the ruins September 11th 2001 I think every single person reading this blog, knows exactly where they was and what they were doing that day! Most can remember the reports coming in across the globe, reporting on the events unfolding in New York as well as…… Continue reading September 11th 2001 and Me! A view from JFK Airport.
Bully Verb: bullying (present participle)seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).”her 11- year-old son has been constantly bullied at school” · “a local man was bullied into helping them”synonyms:persecute · oppress · tyrannize · torment · browbeat · intimidate · cow · coerce · strong-arm · subjugate · domineer · push about…… Continue reading When The Bully Wins With Tragic Results.
My career in aviation has taken many twists and turns as it ran its course, none as exciting and daunting, as my time in New York working at JFK International Airport, between October 2000 and March 2004, now on paper the thought of living and working in New York, would seem like a lottery win,…… Continue reading Working at New York JFK 2000-2004 (Part 1: Arrival)
Yesterday on the 18/02/2021 I went on one of my longest and hardest bike rides yet. The bike ride was 30 kilometres long! This is how I was, on my bike ride! While I was waiting for my football friend to come round so we could go out on a bike ride, I could feel…… Continue reading My Bike Ride by James Sargent (11 yrs old)
I am a 11-year-old from Leigh in England, my name is James I want to talk about my feelings, so this is my lockdown in my own words. I have missed out on some things that have been to do with my health. Like, I cannot go to dentist appointments, normally I would go there…… Continue reading My Lockdown By James Sargent (11yrs Old)
As a Funeral Director I have seen many types of funerals, each one different in it’s own unique way and every one I have conducted or been a part of always leaves a memory, but I wanted to share one with you that took place many years ago, it was so powerful that I will…… Continue reading The Determination From an Old World War Veteran.
Steve Williams my uncle born 02nd June 1953, and sadly left us on 14th October 2015, Steve lived his life in Australia after emigrating when he was just a teenager, where he and Lucy lived a very happy life and enjoyed everything life gave them, he sadly left behind his wife Lucy and his two…… Continue reading The Beast Within Written by Steven Williams (My Uncle) Living With Cancer In His Words!
I was sceptical when I used to see adverts asking me to donate my blood! In my mind I went through every known excuse why I shouldn’t donate, things like “I need all my blood” “Why should I donate to someone I don’t know?” “All they do is sell it to foreign countries!” “I might…… Continue reading Donating Blood, Lot’s of Pro’s With No Con’s
The beauty of being a Funeral Director, is I get to meet so many amazing people and learn so much about families and their loved ones, I also get the opportunity to meet people from all different organizations, which also helps me broaden my knowledge of my local area and the incredible people from around…… Continue reading Leigh’s Almost Forgotten VC Hero