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Promotion Time 2

My second book covered the eleven years I served in the Royal Navy. Starting on 15th March 1955 when I entered through the gates of HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy’s Boy Seamen training establishment located in the village of Shotley, … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Governor Hosts 90 years old at Government House

What a nice gesture by the Province and especially by the Lieutenant Governor to host a tea party for our elderly citizens. Those who are or will be ninety this year. There was a wee bit of a miscalculation as … Continue reading

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Wee Geordie

Its strange how some old films stay with a person for a lifetime. In my case (60 years) the film “Wee Geordie” has always held a place in my heart. I suppose it is mainly due to the fact I … Continue reading

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Moncton in the Rain

We met a few strange birds in Moncton at the World Cup knock out round this past Sunday. We left home around 9.30 am and arrived in Moncton at 11 am, had a coffee and a sandwich before meeting up … Continue reading

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My Amazing Father’s Day Gift

This week my eldest daughter Caroline phoned me and asked if I could meet her in Moncton on Sunday to receive my fathers day gift. I must confess I was a wee bit surprised, and wondered why she wanted me … Continue reading

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Humour from Down Under

Some monkey business going on here???? Melbourne Zoo had acquired a female of a very rare species of gorilla. Within a few weeks, the gorilla became very cantankerous and difficult to handle.¬† Upon examination, the Zoo veterinarian determined the problem … Continue reading

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Where Did You Learn To Drive

We often hear some one say “where did that idiot learn to drive”???Not an unusual question in this world of mass automotive transport. Well this idiot (the writer) learned to drive in Belfast in 1954. All that was required back … Continue reading

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A Driving Force

The best job I ever had in the Navy was as the ships Jeep driver in Melbourne Australia during the 1956 Olympic Games. I was a mere seventeen years of age and a very junior sailor. So how did I … Continue reading

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On The Beach

No, this is not about the book (On the Beach) authored by Nevil Shute nor is the scene in the photo taken in Australia. Its Cavendish beach on 26th May 2011, a lovely warm and sunny day. Linda and I … Continue reading

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1956 Admiralty Driving Permit

I was issued this Admiralty Driving Permit in Singapore Dockyard after taking a driving test with the Civilian Transport Manager. I was then appointed a driver for the duration of the Melbourne Olympic Games. The vehicle was originally a US … Continue reading

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