A NEW BOOK NOW OUT. Targets set and achieved.

My third book, 'Targets set and achieved' is now complete and ready for sale. As the title suggests it reflects the past seven years of my fishing. Twenty different rivers where double figure barbel were caught, crucians and roach to near record size, perch, chub, tench and bream to make the mouth water. All will be in the pages and well illustrated with lots of colour photographs.

There is a 1000 copy print run of the hardback edition and a further 40 leather bound copies for the connoisseur.

Copies available from myself just email phlpsmith9@aol.com or ring 07980 394864 for details

Still a limited number of leathers available.

Alternatively use the web page http://www.philsmithangler.co.uk/ where you can order by Paypal or credit/debit card.

Sunday 22 April 2012

Early year memories.

Sorting out the top cupboard of the wardrobe I came across a group of photographs from my early years.  It seems amazing to look at these and I can remember the last three of them being taken, but faily obviously not the youngest where I would have been about 3 year old.  The Coventry phone number for the studio where it was taken, shown on the back of the shot, is just 4 numbers, whilst today a Coventry number is 8 numbers.
                                                    This little angel turned into me - quite surprizing!

This was taken at Middleton Towers holiday camp when I was 1956 when I was 12 year old.  It was my first ever holiday away from Coventry.
                                          That fair hair disappeared over the next few years.
Here I was in my last year at school at the age of 15 and proudly wearing my prefects badge - I was a 'good lad' in those days.
                                                           I bet that shirt was blue!

This last shot was taken at a friends house, he was a school teacher and had agreed to give me private tuition in maths in order that I could complete my Higher Nation Diploma.  Although it was initially agreed that there would be a fee, I never did need to pay it and we became very good friends where I gave help to him in building a 12 inch reflector telescope, the largest known to be in Coventry at the time.  This also lead to a life-long interest in astronomy
   Suit and 'winkle-picker' shoes - special occasion normally leathers for the motorbike.


  1. Great socks! The kind of socks I buy but the girls wear, lose, destroy. After half a year all that's left is one. Where the other goes is anyones guess. Is that a Decca telly in the corner?

  2. "I bet that shirt was blue!"

    I'm saying nowt! There's no mistaking its you right from the early picture, complete with Spitfire!

    What did you end up doing for a living Phil?

  3. 6 years as an apprentice engineer then onto Alfred Herbert for 2 years travelling the country demonstrating NC lathes to companies that brought a unit or two. From there to Massey Ferguson where I become a foreman over an section of Auto lathes, milling/drilling/welding and the like, about 40 engineers in total in my section. 15 years there and then onto Finacial Services as an advisor for Sun Life of Canada again 15years. Then I did 2 days a week at Orchid Lakes doing whatever Marsh wanted but generally bailiff and ticket sales. finished there last November and now retired.

  4. Thats a strange jump from engineering to financial advisor Phil