Hi everyone. For those of you who already know me, you will need read no further. For anyone else…

I retired in 2012, then aged 60, and moved from a busy life and work in Central London, to Beetley, in rural Norfolk. I thought I would start this blog to share my thoughts about life in general, and my new life in Norfolk in particular. My wife Julie is still working, so I am at home most of the day, accompanied by my seven year old Shar-Pei dog, Ollie.

My interests include local and global history, politics, and cinema and film. I also enjoy music; Motown, Soul, Jazz, along with many modern singers and styles.

After 22 years as an Emergency Medical Technician in the London Ambulance Service, followed by 11 years working for the Metropolitan Police in Control Rooms, it took some adjustment to being retired, and not working shifts.


I am updating this info on the 26th of March, 2019.  Ollie is now seven years old, and is still a great dog to own. The blog has continued to grow, and I have now posted over 2,330 articles. I currently write a bit about films and cinema, mostly short reviews and suggestions; and I did write a lot of anecdotes about my years in the Ambulance Service. I have written a lot about past travel and holidays, and also about architecture. I post a lot about music and songs, those that have a significance in my life for one reason or another. Fiction has also become a regular feature, especially long serials. The core of the blog remains the same though; my experiences of my new life in Norfolk, walking my dog, and living in a rural setting.

Over the past couple of years, I have been adding a lot of photos, and they are always popular.

I have had my blogging ups and downs; attracted some followers, both loyal and fickle, and gained a great deal from the whole process. I have written articles that were published on other blogs and websites, as well as trying my hand at more than 100 fictional stories. I am pleased to report that I have had two of these published in a magazine.

If you are considering starting a blog, I would suggest you give it a try. I really would.

It may not change your life; but then again, it just might.

You can contact me at peteypops44@gmail.com

Me with Ollie  on the North Norfolk coast
Me with Ollie on the North Norfolk coast

233 thoughts on “About

  1. I admire you already even though I am just getting to know your blog. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words.
    I am a new blogger and just starting to get the hang of it ND I am enjoying every minute of it !😁
    So far… Though.

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  2. Hi Pete

    A bit of advice if possible.

    In 2012 I moved CabbieBlog to a self-hosted site. Despite throwing money at protecting the site malware has been inserted for the second time.

    I’m assuming that BeetleyPete is using WordPress to host your missives.

    If so, what paid extras, if any, have you added to your WordPress hosting?

    My new site under construction can be found at:


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    1. Hi David.

      I use a free software on my PC to combat Malware. It is called ‘Advance System Care’. The free to download basic option seems to work well, though they do constantly prompt you to ‘Upgrade’ of course. I just ignore that.

      I happily used the free WordPress blog option for years, until last January. But then I started to use up too much of the allowed space with my photos. I also wanted to get rid of the adverts that readers see on posts.

      So I upgraded to the ‘Personal Plan’. It is much cheaper than ‘Premium’, but loses the ads, and doubled my space allowance, as well as giving me direct contact with WordPress Help. I will stick with it again in 2020, I’m sure. It costs £3 a month, paid at £36 annually. Considering how much I use and enjoy blogging, I reckon that is great value.
      Once that starts to get used up, which will take many years, I will consider going with ‘Premium’.

      Blogging is my main hobby, after all.

      So that is all I pay WordPress for everything, £3 a month.

      Here’s a link.

      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Thanks Pete
        Like you my home computer is protected, but my self-hosted CabbieBlog site, despite expensive protection has been attacked again, but not via my laptop.
        As I said, with all the ‘extras’ one needs I’m going back to WordPress for my hosting, who, after all, with their basic paid plan gives you most of what you need. So hopefully on 1 November it will go live!
        I originally emailed your gmail about this, have you changed the address?

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  3. Interesting career. Retired Connecticut State Police, 31 years ago. Many jobs and careers since. I do a bit of house & pet sitting to continue to buy toys. Married 54, 3 kids, 9 grands, 4 greats. Traveled to London last year, the entire paternal side of the family from the Manchester area. Migrated to the USA in mid-1800s. Wife a retired Nurse, last 23 years inside a prison.

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