My oldest friend,
( as in I've known him longer than anyone else!)

davidjack_1988I met David in 1988 opposite The Lesley Arms at the corner of Cherry Orchard Road with Morland Road. At the time it seemed like just another anonymous meet but as the weeks went on we stayed in touch with one another and I visited him lots at his place. In those days he was working as a nurse at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham and had living quarters in the nurses home. We'd spend many a night in each other's..... now then... company!

David has always been a calming influence in my life with his laid back, happy-go-lucky approach to life's troubles and it has, at times, been therapeutic and a lesson to me that some things in life are bad, they can really make you sad, other things just make you swear and curse.... etc!

Some years passed by and David and I seemed to have gone our separate ways but one warm summer's day, 13th August 1998 to be precise, David was volunteering at The Ace Project in Mitcham, a drop in centre for those living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS in South London. It was excellent to see him again because it had been nine years. We made more of an effort and stay in touch almost daily.

lee_karaokeDavid and I have always had a passion for karaoke and going to the Horse and Jockey (that later became the Goose and Carrot) was to further our relationship and we very quickly became karaoke pals too.

Another passion David and I have shared over the years is quoting comedic lines at one another and leaving others wondering what we're on about. Lines from Fawlty Towers and Dad's Army in particular.

David is the one person in my life who is able to provide answers to the most bizarre of questions, like: where does the phrase "I'll go to the foot of our stairs" come from? Trust me... he'll know the answer.