john p birchall

john p

john p birchall ... student, beer drinker, saxophone player  ... general whippersnapper and twerp ... perhaps better described as an empirical pip squeak ... worn out but still a work in progress ... still learning ...  

Our very own 'interests' were sort of 'investments' in immense personal satisfactions which seemed to spread out from -

Family, home & garden ... our very own patch in a 'universe expanding & immense' ... of little interest to most but we enjoyed all the local fun & malarkey ... our neck of the woods was underneath the soap pans in Apapa, with Adam the Smith, Jimmy Watt, Charlie Darwin & Dickie Dawkins in Glasgow, Oxbridge, London & Chester helped by mavericks like Humphrey Lyttelton, Dennis Williams @ Clemances, The Goons, The Beatles, Morecombe & Wise, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond & Princess Diana and all the others gossiping at Old Trafford, Lords, Epsom, Twickenham, Wimbledon, St Andrews ... warm beer & village cricket on the green!

Autobiography of Beer Drinking, all kinds of active sports & all kinds of terrific friends who were all sceptical but never grumpy ... and when time permited we messed with saxophones ... 

Smithy Lane Stompers, our own bit of jazz, bags of enthusiasm lousy sound, we tried for our own meagre fun and the gross amusement of others ... it was only a bit of fun!

Family History Site Map detailed some bits of this ongoing spectacular ... the Hindleys, Birchalls, Howarths & cousins for Africa ... then surprisingly we found a bit of time for ...

Evolutionary Economics, business, science & technology and the evolution of synergies ... and

Dixieland Jazz, music for bashed up souls hoping for fun ...

We reckoned we were around to help ... originally Chemical Engineers but soon became embroiled in the business of exciting global production in Manufactories ... later we thought we were Business Economists or perhaps even confused Biological Historians ... but really we were only a wishful saxophone player.

JJ 'the high one' was a business Vice President, Sportsman & Beer Drinker, SJ 'the star' was a Mum, Biologist & Psychologist and knew all about a guy called Richard Dawkins who explained that at least two things were certain -

john p got his genes from the Birchall & Hindley families and ...

genes themselves always did cost/benefit analysis otherwise they wouldn't have survived all the malarkey ... 

But strangely time was found to write yarns about the past when the youngsters were all focused on the future?
The thing was that it was in the past where we had spent most of our time, lost in the hubbub of history ... drinking beer, playing saxophones & having fun ... it seemed folk could learn from the past but nobody we knew had sussed out how to learn from the future ... although lots of folk frequently tried? eh? 

 

studiessax player

 

... here we are ... wrestling with curmudgeons & economic models ... 

... and again ... trying to play A Cup of Coffee a Sandwich & You ...
 

 on our Yanagisawa ...

 

and with beer drinking mates from The Goshawk messing with Sleepy Time Gal ...

John P ... in the begining we were sure our mother loved us and even though she had no dress sense she paid big money to have our portrait coloured ...

 

 

here's the family in the 1986 ... The Family   ... 2015 golden weddin' ... Golden Wedding

and the house and garden in 2000 ...    ... 2016 new roof ... New Roof

Jonathan playing cricket with Len Hutton in 1985 ... len hutton   ... 2016 Vice President Genentech ...

2017 in posh shoes with Dad  Me & Him Vice President

and Sally rowing for England in 1987 ... rowing   ... 2016 Ashton Singer   and   YouTube Star ...

2017 three generations at The Grange School   Three Generations   

The momentous event of September 19th 2003 Joshua David Birchall ... Josh 

... and 1 year old josh 1  ... and in a flash 2 years josh 2 ... and now 3 josh 3 ... 4 josh 4 ... 5 Josh 5  ... 6 California Josh 6 years old  ... 7 Josh 7 years  ... 8 Josh 8 ... 9  Josh 9 years ... and double figures 10 Josh 10 years ... 11 Josh 11 year old ... 12  Josh 12 ... 13 Josh 13  ... graduation  Graduation 2017 ... 14 Josh 14 ... 15 Josh 15 ... 16 driving  Driving

for Josh !! - josh's page !!

and December 8th 2005 Georgia May our favourite grand daughter ... Georgia May 

... and 1 year Georgia May  ... and 2 Georgia May 2  ... 3 Georgia May 3 ... 4 Georgia May 4 ... 5 Georgia May 5 years  ... 6 Georgia May six ... 7 Georgia May 7 ... 8 Georgia May 8 years ... 9 Georgia May 9 years ... and oh my 10 Georgia May 10 ... 11 Georgia May 11  ... 12 Georgia May 12 ... 13 Geogia May 13 ... 14  Georgia May 14 

and what we'd been waiting for, July 1st 2006 Jake Edward John  ... Jake   

... and a year later ... Jake 1  ... 2  Jake 2 ... 3  Jake 3 ... 4  Jake 4  ... 5 Jake 5 ... 6 Jake 6 ... 7 Jake 7 years... 8  Jake 8 years   ... 9   Jake 9 years  ... 10 !!   Jake 10 ... 11  Jake 11  ... graduation  Graduation 2017 ... 12  Jake 12 ... 13 Jake 13 

for Jake - jake's page !!

and last but not least June 14th 2009 Daniel James David ... Daniel

... and 1 year old  Daniel 1 year old ... 2  Daniel 2 ... 3  ... 4  Daniel 4 years ... 5  Daniel five years ... 6 Daniel 6 years ... 7  Daniel 7 years ... 8 Dan 8 ... 9 Daniel 9 ... into double figures !! Dan 10

Carole - Bridge Champion ... Carole Bridge and racing for life ... Race for Life

More spiel ...

myself.jpg (10327 bytes)Kings ChesterWe were almost educated in science & cricket at The King's School, Chester and learned a bit of Chemical Engineering with the ghost of James Watt, at Adam Smith's place ... Glasgow University close to the gutters of Sauchiehall Street ...

Hard work was in 'production' as Factory Managers with Unilever, where we learned most of our economics under the soap pans in Apapa ... but that was before the male menopause nudged us into a second degree in Economics at The Open University ... and if you're really interested in this strange tale of woe, pelf and evolution it's here.

Why ... do almost all folk seem to pontificate about economic policy? ... and call it politics? Believe it or not but Evolutionary Economics and analysis of practical economics interests me ... it is the only way through the blizzard of questions!

Glasgow UniversityWe have a Selmer Mark VI soprano saxophone and a Yanagisawa tenor and play with a few mates around Chester ... bags of enthusiasm, lousy sound ... playing for our own meagre fun and the gross amusement of others ...

Why ... do almost all folk seem to love music of one kind or another ? ... but so few play jazz? Believe it or not but we enjoy Dixieland Jazz and we've tried to toy with little bits of understanding of music and even attempted to be creative ... which can't be bad for factory managers and beer drinkers?

Open UniversityFolk often often called us curmudgeons - ill tempered fellows, full of resentment and stubborn notions - but we'd always worked hard at fun ... and one of our notions, the explanatory pervasiveness of evolution, was big time fun ... a glimpse of understanding cost us the requisite 10,000 hours ... do the sums? ... and it may not look like it but we did have fun ... who would believe that? But as the man said - 

'if you think education is expensive. try ignorance. If only I'd had some of this stuff available when I first started'

... and as the other man said - 

'I only mess with all this stuff because I can, and I can only 'cos of help from networks ... interconnections, interactions, trades, deals, rapports, links, clubs, communities, associations ... like minded folk ... a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants, many many friends most long time dead'

... if you get the drift of Darwin's insight?

millenniumOur inklings ...

The future was unknowable and the past was a strange land, they did things differently there

Time was always unfathomable -

... the older we got the more we wish we were younger ...

... the older we got the more we liked it here ...

... the older we got the better we were ...   

So don't sprinkle the desert with a teaspoon ... get on with it ... and learn how how to find time ?!

 

 Beer Drinker... and if you really want to see us again ... here we are with our beer?

In 1994 @ 54 - we retired from Unilever Manufactories ridiculously early after the actuaries insisted on extravagant pension provisions for all those who managed to survive serving time underneath the soap pans in Apapa ... sure we missed the overseas life but we enthusiastically grasped the oodles of lucre, lined our pockets and escaped from the adversities festering in parochial bureaucratic bubbles in Europe ... and we began to work on Evolutionary Economics and Dixieland Jazz ... at vast expense on July 1st 1997 we secured a magnificent Yanagisawa Tenor £1,275 

In 2000 @ Millennium - after graduation we prepared some 'case study notes' for teaching Market Economics in English to Eastern European students at The Open University.

In 2011 @ 72 just before Ancient Eda died we started jotting down bits of Hindley & Birchall Family History. 

In 2019 @ 80 we retired proper, for real, mercifully able to reflect on lots of fun. We were still learning ... and our beer glass was always half full ... whenever, wherever with whoever ... although The Banjo Player insisted we were full of inchoate bombast, we didn't know what it meant ...

We thought we were famous but not many people knew it ... apart from Carole with an 'e', who possessed impeccable taste & abilities ... and it was Carole who knew that really we were both just enthusiastic bridge & saxophone players ... nevertheless after a few beers at The Goshawk we did managed to negotiate a slick wager with our great grandchildren's children ... just for a bit of fun!


birchallEda 100 years oldA special day for the Family - 18th September 2007 ...  Eda 100 years old   ...  an inspiration ... died exhausted but still smiling on July 25th 2011 at 3 pm ... aged 103 ... RIP

Ancient Eda had ... what we always wanted ... and maybe our great grandchildren's children will have -

intelligence

initiative

integrity

we chose our parents well !

Ancient Eda, our mum, died at 103, we were chickens at 72 ... during our weekly visits to the Nursing Home, Eda only managed to talk about the long long ago ... but the stories she told about her Granddad Edward were fascinating ... mysterious stories which posed burning questions ... we panicked because soon there would be no one around to ask. To help the conversation to flow we started to Google and make some notes ... and our very own family story started to grow & grow ... embarrassingly we realised that we had no idea what had really gone on ... but we guessed that some of the shenanigans might be interesting ... you never knew?  

Earlier when our own curious youngsters had asked ... who was Aunty Clare? ... we had made an effort to map a 'family tree' on a roll of old wall paper ... and in 1989 we even managed to secure a Certificate of Authenticity ... but wot did it mean? We told the kids how the tree grew as best we could but it wasn't very good. However we did remind them that they had enjoyed a propitious start in life because they had chosen their own parents very well ... both mum & dad were survivors ... and also teachers ... as all mum & dads were?

We never forgot Eda's prescient teachings when patient grumbling turned into a raw entreaty -

'use your imagination'!

Kids everywhere had inherited the tools but then they had to learn to use them for themselves if they were to survive and have babies ... just like their ancestors.

So the old family tree on scribbled faded paper was a bit of a mess but 'stories' about what might have happened were a much better bet. We knew fables had always been cultural necessities for 'tuning the brains' of the youngsters ... and everyone else for that matter ... it was as if brains thought stories as stories captured imaginations and stories were remembered ... stories had staying power. Our roll of old wall paper just didn't cut the mustard ... it painstakingly recorded some births, marriages & deaths ... but it didn't tell the story.

Re-telling exciting yarns proved to be positively therapeutic for us wrinklies ... a sort of cathartic outpouring, an emotional rant which emptied the mind of the stuff which was instantly available but only possibly worth remembering ... but who was to judge?

Charles Darwin told the greatest story of all, we were impressed big time, and so were many others, even some of the Bishops agreed it was best to search for nuggets of truth beneath your feet on the ground rather than in make believe above your head.  

Have a look at our Hindley and Birchall story at Family History Site Map to find your way around ... the story so far ... you'll find some answers to some of the questions we were too busy to ask ... known knows, known unknowns & unknown unknowns ... a maze of memorabilia and, you never know, you may discover some useful insights ... but if you're a Birchall we guarantee that it will surely be fun ... and some of it might even be true?