Brian David Williams

All the days of my life

The days of a man’s life are threescore years and ten ...  (Psalm 90:10)
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I turned 78 on the last day of July 2013. All my life I have been a diarist, penning some 3–4 million words so far (sorry!). After “retiring” from the ministry in March 2001 I decided to type out the complete Diary of my school years; later I began adding a few entries from each of the years before and since. This is what is on the web so far, plus the contents of some of my previously published books:

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1935–1946
Growing up in Birmingham
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1947–1953
Diary of a Birmingham schoolboy
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1954–present
My life and work
Britain in Prophecy (cover/aw)
Publications
Books, tapes and correspondence

The whole diary is backed up with an archive of family photographs, school reports, form lists, timetables, newspaper cuttings, picture postcards, maps etc.* You may find it funny, painful, sad, occasionally poignant, mostly banal, but, I hope, always interesting — a picture of a world long since passed. I trust you will enjoy it.

I am thankful to the many people who have contacted me to comment on the diary and share their own memories and experiences, or who have simply requested further information on all sorts of subjects. Do please get in touch if you would like to; I would be most pleased to hear from you.

I am immensely grateful to my dear friend Jim Nagel (Abbey Press Glastonbury) for his expertise in getting these diaries on the web — it was his idea in the first place, and he didn’t know what he was letting himself in for! Also I thank David Chapman (for rescuing me when I crashed and recovering hundreds of files), and a host of others, especially Charlotte Tucker, Alphaeus Barrett, Patricia A. Taylor and Angela Skitt of Birmingham Central Library, and Tabitha May and Maggie Harris of the Somerset library service, Taunton.

And thanks too to UK Online for hosting the site for all these years. Its new parent company, Sky, decided to close down UK Online in 2011, so we have moved to a new server at Purley Hosting.

*Not all of the illustrations are yet on the web, but if you would like to have them, I can send you all 864 of them, including many photographs of the city, on a CD (four first-class stamps to cover postage would be a great help).

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Feedback—See some of the messages that were left in the online “guestbook”. Unfortunately it is no longer open because of spammers. But please do contact me by post, phone or email:
web130724@brianwilliams.org.uk (This email address will change periodically to thwart junkmail.)

And here you are, this is a spamtrap:
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Summerlands
38 Hill Head
Glastonbury, Somerset
England
BA6 8AR

telephone (01458) 83 2843

The picture of Freda and me was taken at the sumptuous home of our dear friends Arthur and Cindy Hawkins in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, while we were ministering in the USA. The 82-room mansion features prominently in the last half-hour of the comedy-crime film Out of Sight with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez (1998), when special effects show it burning down!

 
webwork by Jim Nagel at Abbey Press in Glastonbury