Pleasures of Old London Town

WHILE I WAS WORKING AT ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL IN SOUTH LONDON I encountered the TOOTING FLASHER. Yet again he had been brought to the Casualty Department... this was over thirty years ago and I doubt that he is still following his chosen career.

As you'd expect he was dressed in a grubby brown raincoat but he also wore a collar and tie, shirt and grey flannel trousers -- or did he? Only the cuffs of a shirt were attached to the cuffs of his raincoat, the collar and tie with just a rim of shirt were sewn into the collar of the raincoat and attached to the bottom of the raincoat was a pair of trouser legs, through which were thrust his legs.

HE PERFORMED, i.e. FLASHED, by grasping each side of his raincoat and with a pantomime leer, thrust the coat open, to the delight of passers-by on Tooting Broadway. Invariably the entertainment ended when a bunch of yobs beat him up, but I guess that gave him a touch of masochistic pleasure and also enabled him to bow out in style when the ambulance was called.

Ah me! Our pleasures in that bygone era were simple and inexpensive.

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18.10 | 11:13

I like the blog post so much and surely would like to share this with mates just after mine for sure.

23.09 | 06:13

I like the blog post a lot.

09.09 | 10:45

Thank you for writing, there's a lot about Nocton in my memoir inc. a staff picture , are you in it? If so, where? Enjoy the books. Best wishes. Bill

08.09 | 19:40

Dr Larkworthy,I have just heard about your books and have ordered them .
I believe we served together at Nocton
May you be ingoodhealth,they were good days

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