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Dick Whittington and His Cat is the name of English folklore surrounding
the real-life Richard Whittington (c. 1354–1423), wealthy merchant and
thrice Lord Mayor of London, alleging he escaped his poverty-stricken
childhood and made his fortune thanks to the ratting abilities of his cat.
However, the real Whittington did not come from a poor family of common
stock, and there is no compelling evidence that he owned a cat.
Another element considered essential to the legend is that Dick attempted
to flee his service as a scullion one night, but was dissuaded by the tone of
the church bells, that promised he would become mayor of London one day.
[IT] WAS in the school attached to Charles Barry's, Grade II listed, St. John's
Church in Pemberton Gardens, a short walking distance away from where
I lived, that I first went to primary school. Having been encouraged to perfect
my LEFT-handed italic handwriting by the nuns, who were my teachers at
the school, I received, as a reward of merit, an "Osmiroid 65" fountain
pen, which subsequently proved to be the catalyst for others, at
Saffron Green Primary School in Borehamwood, who took over my
education and preparation for the 11 plus examination process, that gave
me entrance to The Grammar School.
Never forgetting that EVERY THING [IS] in[DEED] CONNECTED TO EVERYTHING ELSE.
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