Needled by nerves but I am still crowing….

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December 27, 2014 by Whispering Smith

Whispering Smith Column published in the Littlehampton Gazette December 18th 2015

FINALLY, I have my crow tattoo. After making every excuse under the sun and bailing three times, my daughter dragged me off to her friendly  tattooist in Worthing, pronounced me sober and in good health and showed the young man the drawing I had nicked from the internet. Anyone who tells you that tattooing does not hurt is telling a porky, it does, not half as much as going to the dentist though. Bob Done, the owner of The Lookout Tattoo was very patient with me telling me that I was the oldest customer he had ever worked on, the previous being a gentleman in his sixties who wanted ‘do not resuscitate’ tattooed on his chest. That information was not very reassuring but gave me long pause for thought by which time the deed was done. Reaction among my friends was varied and ranged from  complete disinterest to, ‘Is the bird’s name Russell?’ and on to ‘you are going to regret it when you are older’ irony there as I may well have said that to my daughter when she had her first tattoo. My favourite was ‘it’s really badass, man!’. Being a chap who must have symmetry in all things, I am now considering one for the other arm…

Little Bognor? Coates? Never heard of them until last week that is when an old friend took me for a tour of the part of West Sussex where his family originated and where he spent his childhood. Wonderful countryside even on a wet and dreary day. We paused for a while to visit the carefully restored St. Agatha’s Church in Coates, it has been there for a while. The delightfully atmospheric church and graves shelter ‘neath the shade of a magnificent cedar tree. My friend, wandering around the tombstones, offered that it was lovely place to rest and he was so right, one felt that those beneath our feet were well and truly at peace. There are so many delightful places to explore in an easy driving distance from our town it just needs someone, sometimes, to show you the way.

ANOTHER great fun day in the town centre last Saturday congratulations to all involved in the organising of the event. We need more, not just at Christmas but all year round.

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