I am writing this just after Easter and in the week after the announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death and before his funeral. I have a few links to Prince Philip. I actually ‘met’ him on two occasions. The first time he was the inspecting officer on Divisions in HMS Collingwood and he walked past […]
A very happy new year … trusting that it may be a tadge better than 2020.
Who are you remembering?
Last year at Remembrance I considered the question ‘who are you remembering?’ and the fact that not all of us know someone in the Military, but we do know others who have given their all in service of others, be that in the Emergency Services or as a member of the general public. I want […]
I am currently going through the process of selling my parents flat, and sorting out all the various stuff that is in it, as they are now in a care home. One of the things that my dad has kept is his fathers’ trunk. Now, this is no normal trunk. His dad was an RSM in […]
As I write this it’s the day after the fire in Notre Dame cathedral and also ‘Holy Week’ (ie the week before Easter Sunday). Whatever your views on Notre Dame being just a building and the potential rebuild costs, it appears that there were some brave firefighters who were involved in the operation to save the […]
To quote Noddy Holder ‘It’s Chriiiiiiiiiisssssstmaaaaassss’ (nearly). One of the words used at Christmas is ‘incarnate’. That basically means in human form, made flesh. The Son of God ‘incarnates’ himself as a man. He came down to earth in human form to get alongside us, share our life and experiences, so he could help / […]
Red or white? There has been a lot of debate about the colour of poppies this year. Not sure where you stand on this issue, especially on this 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, but I would like to throw something else into the mix: red, white or …. a tomato? Now stay with […]
So just the other day I managed to scrape our immaculate 33 year old VW camper van (re-sprayed 18 months ago) down the driver’s side, pulling off the rear wheel arch in the process. The van came off worse in the contest with the rear bumper (or in fact solid steel tube) of a large […]
It was fairly early on in my Royal Naval career, my first complement job as a Petty Officer, Weapons Engineer. I was on a type 42 Destroyer, and I was the maintainer for the main computer system that drove the Weapons system and the Operations Room. It was 1983 and we were deployed down to […]