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Dennis Signy OBE is bravely entering the blogosphere — he describes himself as a 'dinosaur' when it comes to technology.
He was a former wartime cub reporter on the Hendon and Finchley Times at £4-a-week and became group editor for 17 years in the late Sixties. He served in Intelligence Corps as a Sergeant in Forties and learned to drive up the Khyber Pass.
He was a football writer in national newspapers for five decades, is author of several football books and former general manager of Brentford FC, former chief executive of Queen's Park Rangers FC and former chairman of the Football Writers Association.
Posted at 11:34am Tuesday 24th November 2009
MR Chalk, the rather austere headmaster of Finchley County School at the start of the second world war, once observed that my form 2B was the worst that he had encountered in 27 years as a teacher and he particularly singled me out as a no-hoper academic.
Posted at 2:33pm Tuesday 17th November 2009
It was always a source of amusement to me that 14894617 former Sergeant Signy was elected a member of the officers' Mess at Inglis Barracks at Mill Hill and passed the port and brandy to vastly superior ranks on regimental occasions.
Posted at 4:14pm Wednesday 28th October 2009
Modesty has always precluded me having a personalised car number plate. Believe that and you'll believe anything.
Posted at 3:10pm Friday 9th October 2009
Sixty years ago this weekend Leopold and Esther Goodman, a well - off middle - aged Jewish couple, were found beaten to death in their home in Edgware.
Posted at 6:28pm Monday 5th October 2009
Years and years ago the then Labour leader of Barnet Council, one Robbie Robinson, photographer Rod Brewster and I, in my guise as investigative editor of the Times series, crouched on a roof at Heathrow and watched the old town clerk of the borough return from a holiday in his villa in Spain and be driven back to Hendon in the Mayoral car.
Posted at 9:37am Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Wild horses won't drag from me the exclusive quote on what might have befallen Rio Ferdinand in the Manchester United dressing room on Sunday if Michael Owen had not scored a 95th minute winner against Manchester City.
Posted at 1:18pm Wednesday 9th September 2009
A Spitfire and a Hurricane will fly past as RAF Bentley Priory, the home of Fighter Command in the second world war, opens its doors in Stanmore to the public this weekend.
Posted at 3:44pm Wednesday 2nd September 2009
One of my favourite comedians of the glory, glory days of music hall was a fellow named Billy Russell, whose billing proclaimed "On behalf of the working classes". I'm beginning to think I should devise a (not-so-humorous) 2009 follow up version "On behalf of the Barnet council taxpayer".
Posted at 2:47pm Monday 24th August 2009
What happened to news sense? I have just returned from a delectable weekend break on the English Riviera to discover sports page headlines about a cricket match south of the Thames rather than li'l ol' Barnet FC's sterling 1-0 victory against Torquay United that elevated the lads to a nosebleed sixth place in the League 2 table.
Posted at 9:04am Monday 3rd August 2009
Sir Bobby Robson, whose death at the age of 76 has produced columns of deserved tributes, was a Fulham player in a team embracing several colourful characters when I met him some 50 years ago.