Personal Stuff: If you don't know me - GO AWAY!!!!
To see a larger version, just click on any picture. Full name: Stephen Michael Hooker, nicknames: Acw, Zok. Born in Aberdare, used to live in 46 Peasant View, Godreaman, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan where my parents still live. Also used to live in Selbourne (Selborne) Street, Chuckery, Walsall. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Visual Communications from West Midlands College of Higher Education. Ran a business from The Custard Factory Digbeth.
Cosford Airbase Bradley and I spend a few hours here this afternoon. Haven't been out with Bradley on his own for ages. Months and months.
We see some small planes taking off as we drive in, they're so far away that they look like toys, but Bradley's attention is grabbed. We look for more, wait some... Drive on and we pass some of the planes that are on the satellite picture. "Big, big, big, big ones," says Bradley, stretching out his arms. He is suitably impressed.
I see some bombs. If fact there's a lot of bombs in this place. I explain to Bradley that they're fireworks, they go whoosh and bang. Bradley doesn't like fireworks, he cringes at the merest mention of the word, let alone the real thing.
I wonder about these bombs, rockets, cruise missiles, bombers, should I bring him to such a place, even if it is only a few miles down the road, and free to get in. Amazing to grow up with these things, but will it turn him into a military man?
We end up in the cafe. Bradley finally takes a bite out of my doughnut. I'd been asking him for ages, though he'd eaten well today. He starts licking out the jam. I sigh. Look around the room. Then, I spot him sticking in the straw to get at the bottom bits. Reminded me of the chimps with the grasses and ants.
I think Francis was a little bit surprised by Esme and Bradley's behaviour, though she soon realised the fun that was to be had.
Another wild screaming time in the park. Everybody had fun.
Bradley likes being a pig. I guess all kids do. Here, he was licking, sucking and sticking his tongue out to the world. I told him not to do it the first time, "it's disgusting." This made him do it several more times [predictably] to which I made no comment.
A lawless visit to MacDonalds
Francis, Esme and Bradley. We go to feed the ducks, wander around the toy shops, ending up in the fast food hell. But, they crawl across the windows, scream rowdily. In MacDonalds I can let them get away with it.
I think she was saying something along the lines of, "this ice cream is very sticky."