The Anonymous Widower

The Birth Of Our First Son

With the birth of the baby to the Duchess of Cambridge expected within a day or so, it is perhaps a good time to tell the true story of our first son’s birth in 1969.

Our circumstances just before the birth on the 16th of July, were a bit chaotic to say the least. I did outline them to a certain degree in this post about waiting for Apollo 11.

To summarise, we had no hospital for the birth, were living with C’s mother in Barnet and the baby was four weeks overdue.

C thought it would be a good idea to go and sit in St. James’s Park, as it was getting rather oppressive with her mother, who had no idea or experience about childbirth as C had been adopted. Mother felt she should be in the Victoria Maternity Hospital in Barnet. You never told C what to do, if it was against her wishes. Especially, if you were her mother!

It was a lovely day and we sat in deck chairs in the Park until about five o’clock, when C said that she thought she was in labour. As I said in the other post, she decided she was going to the old Middlesex Hospital, where because of her imminent state, she was seen by a doctor and admitted as an emergency.

As I said in Part 2 of the waiting for Apollo 11 story, I stayed all night and nothing happened, except that about midnight the contractions stopped. C always said she was telling me to go back to her mother’s and get some sleep, but whether I was being loyal or stubborn, I don’t know and I just stayed.

I went to work on the Monday and the evening was another of waiting, with the odd contraction thrown in.

Part 3 gives the full story of the birth, with our first son being born soon after midnight.

Only after we had returned to her mother’s did C reveal the truth about what had happened.  Until about four or five hours after they broke the waters, did she ever have a proper contraction.

She had fooled the doctors, so she could get into her chosen hospital.

I doubt the Duchess of Cambridge is faking!

July 22, 2013 Posted by | Health, News | , , | Leave a comment

The Duchess Wows Them In A £38 TopShop Dress

This is another story from the Standard. Here’s the intro.

The Duchess of Cambridge has got great legs and she’s not afraid to show
them. Nor is she afraid of a hefty spring breeze. This morning, attending a
tour of the studios at which the Harry Potter films were created, she wore a
thigh skimming polka-dot dress from high-street retailer Topshop. 

One of the pictures on the site, shows Lady Verulam meeting the Duke and Duchess. I suspect, that her father in-law was the guy who gave me my first real job at Enfield Rolling Mills.  As the company was my father’s biggest client, he just phoned up the Earl and asked if they had a suitable job for a sixteen-year-old. My father was a great believer in the old maxim, that if you don’t ask nicely, you don’t get!

April 26, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

The National Portrait Gallery Was Quiet

There has been a lot of criticism of the new portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge. Here‘s the Independent’s view.

So I went to have a look this morning.

The National Portrait Gallery Was Quiet

The National Portrait Gallery Was Quiet

The gallery wasn’t busy and I was able to see the portrait by myself just after ten.

It was alright I suppose, but it was the sort of painting, that was made for a biscuit tin or a chocolate box.  In some ways, it was too photographic, and as I like photographs for portraits I slipped into the Taylor Wessing Photgraphic Portrait Prize, to see some good ones.

I was not disappointed and the exhibition was well worth the two pound entrance.

As to Her Highness’s portrait, I’ll give a final verdict, when I see it on a tin.

January 12, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

And Now The Royal Baby Mug!

Today, the ultimate Christmas present for your Republican friends has been  launched – The Royal Baby Mug.

Read about it here.

December 4, 2012 Posted by | News, World | , | 1 Comment

Medical Advances

With all the fuss about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy, it makes me wonder if C had a similar problem in a third pregnancy soon after our second son was born.  She was feeling dreadful and was being sick every morning, which all made her feel she was pregnant.  She was and then had an early miscarriage.  She always put it down to the baby being female and that she couldn’t carry girls, but of course in the 1970s no-one knew any better.  She then went on to have our third son.

I suppose today, she might had that third baby earlier, as medical science has moved on so much.

In the 1960s and 1970s, you seemed to meet a lot more couples, where there had been strings of miscarriages. One American couple, where I worked with the husband, had given up trying to have a second child, as they couldn’t afford the care in the United States.  Then in England, the wife got pregnant again and by going into hospital for most of her pregnancy, she was able to have a healthy baby.

December 4, 2012 Posted by | Health, News | , | Leave a comment

Was Kate Caught Smoking?

It does appear that the infamous photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge, might show her smoking, as well as sunbathing topless.

I suspect many will find smoking a greater moral crime. Especially, as you probably get a worst cancer from smoking than sunbathing.


September 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , | 2 Comments

The Duchess Goes Shopping

Waitrose must be laughing their heads off, with all the pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge in their store in Menai Bridge in papers like the Mail.  They won’t get an advert like that, for under a seven figure sum.

This country has problems and we won’t solve them without a bit of feel good factor. Let’s hope that the Duke and Duchess can provide it.

May 6, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment