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Philip Whiteland

Philip is a retired university lecturer in Human Resource Management. Turning 60 seems a long time ago, now that he's heading for the midpoint between that and 'three score and ten'. If you can forgive him both of those facts, then you might just enjoy his writing. He lives on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, because that is as far as they will let him in. He was born and brought up, in Burton upon Trent, the home of the UK brewing industry, and spent much of his early years attempting to support that industry single-handedly. Much of his writing over the past few years, for the Derby Telegraph, Burton Mail's "times gone by" magazine and Mature Times has featured his recollections of growing up (allegedly) in the 1950s and 1960s. He's christened his combination of nostalgia and comedy 'nostalgedy', he did consider 'comalgia' but he thought it sounded too much like an unfortunate medical condition.

The photo was taken nearly 15 years ago, so you need to add (quite)a few wrinkles and deduct rather a lot of hairs for a true picture ;-)

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My stories


AlterNativity - Part 1 - The Night Watch

This is the first story in my 'Alter-Nativity' series. Basically some stories (with my tongue firmly shoved in my cheek) which show how the Nativity might have played out, if you had been there at the time. For this first story, just what was it that the shepherds were doing while they watched?

You'd Better Watch Out

I suppose that we've reached the time of year when a Christmas story wouldn't look too out of place. This one originally appeared in the Derby Telegraph in 2014, and begs the question, what do you do if you really catch Santa Claus? You can also find this, and a lot more like it, in my Christmas collection of stories "A Christmas Cracker"

About Time

A schoolboy (apparently) finds himself in front of the Headmaster for taking that which does not belong to him...and giving it away, too! This is the sketch referred to in You've Got To Laugh, Haven't You?

You've Got To Laugh, Haven't You?

Analysing humour is a dangerous business, particularly after a few pints!

Audacious Auditions

I don't know where this came from, or why! I just had this scene running around in my head and I had to do something with it. You may wish I hadn't.