In case you are wondering - ‘tis me!          

Sorry guys and gals, but it’s now nearly a year since I escaped from Giant Berkhamsted - it used to be Great Berkhamsted, but the commuters and parents of those attending a certain school that is increasingly taking over the town, have all but destroyed what I once knew as my home town, so it seems a pointless tasks maintaining this site and pretending it’s a great place to live so I’m going to introduce you to a place I’m finding pleasant to live in. This will take a little time, so complain if you want, it won’t make any difference, but you could always try to improve Berkhamsted if you really care!

This is the main road passing through our ‘new village’

Berkhamsted Walks -

Memory Lane Walks - Having lived in the town for a few years, we do not have the likes of Percy Birtchnell to reflect ‘happenings’, so I started an imaginary walk in the 1950’s. Judging by the downloads, you seem to like it, so I’m doing a similar stroll starting from the same place, but instead of going round the southern side of town, this one goes into the urban roads and expands on the town centre

Walk around town - This was a result of being involved with the Parish Path Partnership project. The walk around the town was supposed to be an audio trail around the town footpaths, but the partnership decided to take my draft script and have ‘audio points’. Not quite what I envisaged so being a real pain in the......, I have produced a circular walk along the lines I imagined.

It is a circular walk with three starting points (Station, top of Chesham Road and A4251 lay-by(s) at the Hemel end of town). It is in three sections with two small diversions to avoid steps which can be viewed as pdf files with descriptions and photos. I did some real-time audio mp3 files but I was not happy with my failure of being able to walk, talk and read at the same time (go on, try it!) so have removed those.

Gade Dog Training - We have dogs, don’t you?

Anything else?

Temperatures - Pages of maximum and minimum temperatures in my garden since 1999 taken at roughly weekly intervals in 5 year dollops - the last one is slightly longer as I’ve yet to stop adding!

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© 2017 Norman Cutting

Now for the good news!

Following my realisation that the small market town that I grew up in, has well and truly morphed into yet another commuter town on the outskirts of London simply for residents to bed and breakfast, we decided to ‘escape to the country’ and finally settled in a small village just to the north of Leicester.

As a result, I’m here and not there, but can be contacted in the usual way. I will, no doubt, return on occasions, but I’m sorry to say, the majority has spoilt it for the few. Buy to let has been the latest money making nail in the coffin.

It seems that you are not allowed to hang on to a telephone number for more than 6 months so come 21st September 2016, it will no longer be diverted and I expect some poor unsuspecting soul will start getting strange calls that should be coming to me as after nearly 40 years they will suffer as did those of a previous number of mine (257816) and that was only for 10 years!  

I still have material not yet published, and I hope to add to the existing material as I get time. If you want something in particular, then get in contact, otherwise my other sites will reflect our lives up in the depths of Leicestershire. and

If you are interested in my current activities then,

will keep you up to date!

In case you are wondering, this is the sort of thing just 10 minutes walk from our front door - would be quicker but there is a large field between this (Wanlip Meadow) and our back garden, so we have to go round it.

Just beyond is Watermead Country Park which happens to have the Grand Union Canal passing through it.  

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