Abandoned in Barnes

15 Oct

Left with a terrifying toad and a kipper-footed ped: 1923 — 1925

— Tim


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  1. Paula

    October 15, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    This really sad. They couldn’t even put some plants in the flower pots? I think this displacement and separation explains quite a lot about him and his later behavior.. I’ve never understood boarding schools, especially for the really young children. It just doesn’t make sense to me at all.

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 16, 2020 at 2:24 am

      I agree, Paula. I’m sure this place was hell for Errol. I hope he was able to keep that creepy “kipper-footed” predator away.

  2. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    October 15, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    What does it mean? Is that some slang? Kipper -footed ped?

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 16, 2020 at 1:57 am

      ‘Ped’ is for pedophile, Selene. I encourage those familiar with 20th Century Brit slang to weigh in on what Errol intended by ‘kipper-footed’. I believe I know, but will leave it’s definition to the Brexperts. Errol had a wonderful way with words.

      • Claudia

        October 16, 2020 at 7:14 am

        I‘m anything but a Brexpert but according to this page… it means feet pointing outwards.

        • Gentleman Tim

          October 16, 2020 at 8:51 am

          That could be it, Claudia, but, given that Errol was insulting a pedophile, I would not be surprised a bit if he was employing Webster’s third definition for kipper (“sprightly, gay, light-footed”) coupled with your definition – if the creep did indeed literally have splayed feet. This may have been a sort of snide slang expression back in Errol’s day and world, sort of like “light in his loafers” and “twinkle-toes” used to be in the USA.

          Here’s something fun from a show titled “Kipper Feet”:


      • Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

        October 16, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        Oh ok. Yes he mentioned him in his autobiography, and I hope Errol was fully honest and that man never did anything to him.