A Snapshot Of A Village Life

In the sleepy village where I grew up there were interesting characters residing there also.

Although we had our ethnic differences, but we lived together as such in a close-knit community.

We had in the village, a variety of absorbing personalities that coloured the landscape. We were in a very rural part at the immediate foothills of the Northern Range in the East-West Corridor of our country.

Shockingly close to our homes were the cane fields of the conglomerate Tate & Lyle out of good old mother England.

There were in the village those that worked in the cane fields, and these were the times when they reaped the cane stalks after beautiful fires were lit. I can still hear the roar of the flames as they sped on down-wind through the fields.

Then came the time of merriment according to our village standards. There on the village green was played an intense battle of wits with some opposing side for supremacy. There was one fellow however who had a strange stance while batting, a sort of crouch, almost stooping down. It was rumoured that he was afraid of bouncers, as he was an astute short in stature batsman and was reluctant to be out. The opposition whether fellow villagers or from the outside repeatedly sent down bouncers at him in an effort to dig him out. It was very hard to dislodge him.

About three houses north of us resided an elderly gentleman who had a joke for every and any situation. I can see him in my mind’s eye observing us one day as children playing cricket. We had lit a fire in the high grass to enable us to find the ball with ease. He came up to us and watched us for sometime, then asked us who lit the fire. We said we didn’t know and he replied maybe it was the cricketers.

Then every village had a drunk whose antics would amuse us as children. Our own alcoholic was not so amusing, for he disrupted our sleepy village life. His high jinks were usually heard from about 01:00 or 02:00am. You could hear him from the top of our road about a 1/4 mile away as he staggered his way home. He would solicit fights from anyone he had a beef with. On the way down the street the village men who were just as foolish as he was always would pounce on him and beat him to a pulp. Sometimes he would come home quietly and begin beating the living daylights out of his family. They would run next door at us for rescue, for he respected my father so he did not follow the seven children and their mother.

Because it was in our village those many years ago that this little short man could get away with such atrocities and physical abuse to his family. The mental agony that he perpetrated on his family was one that had deep effect on all of them.

He the father committed suicide, one brother stabbed and killed another in a drunken rage. A sister was mangled by cars as she tried to cross the highway in an inebriated state. Another brother very drunk was dragged by a car about a 1/4 mile and left dead at the side of the road. The last brother died of fits from his endless bouts of drinking.

We should be EXTREMELY careful of the legacy we leave behind.

Discover the Village of Shepperton-Greater London

The picturesque English village of Shepperton-Greater London is located in the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey directly between Chertsey and Sunbury-on-Thames and has a population of just under eleven thousand.

Being situated on the M3 just 12 kilometers from London’s Heathrow Airport means that transport links are good and it can be easily reached either by bus, or by the frequently running trains from London Waterloo.

Shepperton is a nice, quiet village with a good community spirit and like much of green, leafy Surrey it has proved to be a popular residence for London commuters. Over the years its more illustrious residents have included Welsh pop superstar Tom Jones, Nigerian international footballer Celestine Babayaro, actor Frank Finlay and author J. G. Ballard.

It is probably best known internationally for Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios, formerly known as Studio City, where numerous films such as Frankenstein by Kenneth Branagh and The African Queen by John Huston were shot.

In the heart of Shepperton you will find a handful of traditional style pubs as well as a couple of modern bars, and there are several small restaurants and tea rooms providing light refreshments. Despite the small size of the village, visitors are not short of places to stay. In addition to the usual chain hotels you will find a number of quaint guest houses providing comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation at reasonable prices.

Boat lovers will be keen to visit Shepperton Marina, set in a series of tranquil lakes next to some gorgeous grassy banks and woodlands. The marina is located on the bank of the River Thames and conveniently provides access to the main channel of the Lower Thames.

Although less well known than some of its close neighbours, if you are intending on visiting London or touring the English countryside you could do a great deal worse than discover the village of Shepperton-Greater London on your travels.

Newman Village Provides Luxury City Living Without the Feel of the City

Newman Village at a Glance

Newman Village is one of the top gated communities in Frisco. Here you will find gorgeous European inspired homes. Being a master planned community, only some of the most prestigious custom home builders have been chosen to display their work. Builders were critiqued on several factors to include their reputaion, history within our community, attention to detail, and quality of product. Builders such as Balman and Associates, Belclaire Homes, Bob Bobbit Custom Homes, and Darling Homes scored very well and have helped this wonderful new community take off with homes starting in the 400′s.


Newman Village is located on Eldorado Parkway between Dallas North Tollway and Teel Parkway. Minutes from the Tollway, residents enjoy being in one of the top locations in Frisco. Here you are not hassled with the constant traffic of Preston Road, but you have immediate access to all of Frisco’s amenities. Frisco has been one of the fastest growing cities in America over the last several years and, as a result, there is no shortage of shopping or dining opportunities. Take a stroll through Old Downtown Frisco to learn about Frisco’s rich history or visit Shops at Starwood for an upscale experience. Frisco Square is only minutes away and do not forget about Shops at Willow Bend where you can find over 150 unique stores.

Sports and Recreation

I have never seen a small suburb like Frisco offer so much in the realm of sports and recreation. Choose your favorite sport and you will find professional teams playing just minutes away. FC Dallas, a professional soccer team, plays at Pizza Hut Park. Additionally, there are 17 championship-quality soccer fields outside of the stadium that are used throughout the year for various youth activities. The Texas Legends, an NBA D-League team, and Texas Tornado Hockey team play at Dr Pepper arena where they host many great opportunities for families and couples alike. How is your golf game? The Trails of West Frisco Golf Club and the Plantation Golf Club offer championship golf courses where you are sure to be challenged while enjoying fabulous scenic views around the course.


If schools are important to you, then this section is for you. Newman Village’s children attend Frisco Independent School District where elementary children attend Pink Elementary School. Pink Elementary is one of the most sought after elementary schools in Frisco. With an Exemplary Rating, the Texas Education Agency has recoginized Pink as one of the top schools in the state. Middle School students attend Stafford Middle School which is rated as a Recognized school. During 2010, there were approximately 671 students attending Stafford. During the exciting high school years, students attend Lone Star High School. Lone Star is new and has not been rated yet by the Texas Education Agency.

Misc Information

Newman Village houses approximately 263 acres of land and is located in Denton County. The community is gated and offers a wide variety of home options ranging from upscale single family and patio homes. You can find both front and rear entry homes throughout the master planned community. For tennis and swimming fans, the Swim and Tennis Center will house four tennis courts for league play as well as a very beautiful pool. Home Owners’ Association fees are $900 semi-annually which includes management fees and partial use of facilities. Landscaping surrounding Newman Village is always very elegant and scenic.

Visit Newman Village

If you have made it this far, something has interested you about this great community.