On a hill overlooking the beach is a large house which, it is said, was the model used for Bleak House in the novel of the same name. On another occasion we took a boat called ‘The Royal Daffodil’ and sailed from the Tower of London to Margate. Some Saturdays we used to go out to Henley on Thames and enjoy a BBQ when Peter Haughey loved to barbecue the hamburgers and hot dogs. I was especially concerned because my…