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Simon’s stuff, posted here in memory of our good friend…

My memories of Simon

I knew Simon from Sherwood Hall Grammar School, Mansfield where our music paths crossed (my Dad was the music teacher there) from there on we remained friends, through his marriage to Wendy and seeing the kids at such younger ages, we enjoyed many of the same things and friendship carried on, we played American Football for ‘Mansfield Express’ and were involved in the inaugural set of matches against an Hawaiian college team at Nottingham

Forests ground in 1987 (I still have the pennant from it!), my ex-wife and myself were at the business meeting at the Swallow Hotel, Alfreton where he met Jeannette, we remained in touch over the next few years renewing, then over time and changes to our lives we lost some contact, contact I now wish I had kept up with,  our friendship grew once again through Facebook from 2009, Simon helped me through a time of deep depression in 2011 even though he was going through what he was. He led me to safety unselfishly and I value and miss him as a true friend, a great person that I had known for about 35 years.

Simon’s Prayer

Thank you Lord for the sun and rain
Thanks for the smell of the sea
Thank you for the breeze that cools
Thank you Lord for tea

Thanks for the clouds and the clear blue sky
Thanks for the stars above
Thank you Lord for chocolate
Thank you Lord for love

Thank you Lord for apple pies
Thanks for the birds that sing
Thanks for the many friends I have
Lord, thanks for everything

Thanks for the blessings I receive
Thanks for each day I live
For frost and snow in winter
thanks to you I give

Thanks for jam and diesel oil
for wine and beer and dance
Thank you Lord for loving me
and giving me a chance

Thanks for words and music
That lift and make me whole
Thank you for the life you gave
to save my heart and soul

Rules for life…


  1. Never give yourself a haircut after 3 margaritas’
  2. You only need two tools – WD40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and should use WD40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use Duct Tape
  3. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship – “I apologise” and “You are right”.
  4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them
  5. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately – it’s easier to eat humble pie when it’s warm.
  6. The only really good advice your Mother gave you was “Go! You might meet somebody!”
  7. If he/she says you are too good for them – believe them.
  8. Pick your battles; ask yourself, will this matter one year from now, one month, one day?
  9. Never pass an opportunity to pee.
  10. If you wake up breathing – congratulations! You have another chance.
  11. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a past relationship might just mean the other person was right about you.
  12. Work is good – but it’s not that important
  13. And finally – be nice to your friends. You never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan!