Gusty Blusts

and other stories The Weird and Wonderful World of "J"


HERE’S A SELECTION of answers to some of the more commonly asked questions: –

01. Why the name Gusty Blusts?
One of the recurring themes of my stories over the years has usually involved sudden gusts of wind and an umbrella.

02. Are these stories really true?
Yes, every single one is absolutely 100% true. Welcome to my world . . .

03. So you’re a freak magnet then?
Yes and no. Yes, if that’s what you want to call it, but I think the word colourful probably best describes most of the characters that cross my path. On the other hand though, the idiots really are just idiots.

04. How often do these kind of things happen?
All the time – anywhere and everywhere. I don’t even have to leave the house.

05. Have you always had these sorts of experiences?
My life has been like this for as long as I can remember but it’s only in recent years that I’ve started to realise that this kind of thing is perhaps a tad on the quirky side.

06. What made you start thinking that it wasn’t quite normal then?
It was possibly something to do with whenever I was out and about in public friends had a habit of pointing out all the tramps, weirdies and assorted colourful characters who they thought would come talk to me.

Since this little game failed when an interaction involved comparatively normal looking members of the public, and clearly wanting to know more they started quizzing my wider circle of friends who were of course only too happy to oblige with their quirky tales. Yes, you know who you are! 🙂

07. It’s never dull in “J” world then?
No, or so I’m often told.

08. What’s your earliest memory of interacting with strangers?
I was about four or five at the time when my grandparents took me to the seaside on the north-west coast of England. It was at Heysham near Morecambe in Lancashire – and you could park right on the beach.J and Donald Pleasance

I’d been sat making sandcastles and this black shiny Rolls Royce pulled up alongside with a driver and passenger in the back. After a couple of minutes the driver wound down his window and asked me to move away because I was apparently disturbing his passenger. Only I wasn’t having any of it, and thankfully neither were my grandparents.

The next thing I knew the rear window wound down and a scary bald headed beardy man peered out and gurned down at me.

The scary man turned out to be none other than the actor Donald Pleasence. It’s not the kind of thing you forget . . . but then I don’t suppose there’ll be many who can claim to have disturbed the horror meister himself.

09. It’s not just about attracting colourful characters is it?
No, unfortunately not since I’m one of those people for whom a simple task like going to the supermarket or the dentist can, through no fault of my own I might add, turn into a major incident. A victim of circumstance is probably a better description.

10. Are all the encounters amusing – don’t you ever get scared?
I think it’s probably all to do with my humorous outlook – I’ve always tried to put a humorous spin on most of my experiences even though I’ve not always felt like laughing at the time.

As for getting scared well, with the possible exception of incidents like The Haunted Letterbox I haven’t actually felt scared, but it doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.

11. Do you ever have normal days?
Depends on what you define as normal, but yes very occasionally I do. I think. 😉

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