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Old December 5th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #501
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I was born in 1930 in the depression, I would say my parents had a struggle to make ends meet. We survived! Started school at 5 years old, Armstrong Street infants school in Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Moved on to South Parade Junior school in 1937., Two years later, the war started, dad went in the army and I was man of the house, looking after my mother and two year old brother. Air raids were a bother, after a while we didn't go in the shelter, we stayed in bed! I left school in 1944 and started work as a Naval Messenger on the Grimsby Naval Base, HMS Beaver, bell bottoms, flat hat and a funny salute! after the war, things got back to normal again. We had our dad back! I started work in the piano trade, french polishing and piano repairs. In 1948, National Service beckoned and I ended up in the Royal Artillery, did two practice camps where we fired 3.7 ack ack guns, one day I had to carry a dud shell 300 yards to the safety range, I could swear the base of the shell was getting hot or was ir my hands sweating? Demob came and after three months in civvy street, I signed on in the Royal Air Force, worked on Avro Lincolns and Canberra's with 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters.} Did a six month detachment in Malaya dropping thousand pounders on the Terrs. Back in civvy street again I worked in the food industry. Being an electrician in the Air Force, I took it up as a trade, worked in the food industry, was electrical supervisor. I was with Ai cadets in Warrant Rank for 27 years, received the Long Service Medal and Clasp and The Commandants Commendation. I have slowed down somewhat and am quite happy now helping my wife breeding miniature poodles and swanning about in our caravan.

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Old December 5th, 2012, 10:08 AM   #502

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I was born in 1930 in the depression, I would say my parents had a struggle to make ends meet. We survived! Started school at 5 years old, Armstrong Street infants school in Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Moved on to South Parade Junior school in 1937., Two years later, the war started, dad went in the army and I was man of the house, looking after my mother and two year old brother. Air raids were a bother, after a while we didn't go in the shelter, we stayed in bed! I left school in 1944 and started work as a Naval Messenger on the Grimsby Naval Base, HMS Beaver, bell bottoms, flat hat and a funny salute! after the war, things got back to normal again. We had our dad back! I started work in the piano trade, french polishing and piano repairs. In 1948, National Service beckoned and I ended up in the Royal Artillery, did two practice camps where we fired 3.7 ack ack guns, one day I had to carry a dud shell 300 yards to the safety range, I could swear the base of the shell was getting hot or was ir my hands sweating? Demob came and after three months in civvy street, I signed on in the Royal Air Force, worked on Avro Lincolns and Canberra's with 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters.} Did a six month detachment in Malaya dropping thousand pounders on the Terrs. Back in civvy street again I worked in the food industry. Being an electrician in the Air Force, I took it up as a trade, worked in the food industry, was electrical supervisor. I was with Ai cadets in Warrant Rank for 27 years, received the Long Service Medal and Clasp and The Commandants Commendation. I have slowed down somewhat and am quite happy now helping my wife breeding miniature poodles and swanning about in our caravan.

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that's very interesting!
You have seen quite a bit of the world haven't you?
So what was it like in the Malayan emergency? how were the spirits of your fellow soldiers? What were the natives like?
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Old December 5th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #503
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Evening to all. I'm new to Historum and was struck by your genuine friendly welcomes. I don't much like social networking and the Facebook stuff, but i can get along with Historum while I'm trying to be polite and friendly in things that matter. Born just before the sixties, I grew up with best of that period in Britain and still miss it all. My wife calls me "gentlemanly with old fashioned values". She chose my Avatar. That's good, I wouldn't want to be different. I cook most of the stuff here and I try to be a help around the house. In my spare time I have Dartmoor or Exmoor to ramble, I love all the local characters and I have a Boxer dog, Buddy. He really is a buddy. I have a step daughter that keeps me smiling and gnashing my teeth, together. I listen to old rock music, I saw We Will Rock You last year in London ( I love London), and I still remember Whitesnake at the Berlin Waldbuhne back in 1989/1990.

My life always had history in it, my father read a lot about it, but it was much later in life that I really got that bug. If like me you stand and look at places and buildings without seeing what's really there now, or you prefer to imagine the past and the people that used to be there much,much longer ago, that's same the bug. Hopefully you're not as anal as I am with recondite things that bore the pants off sane people. As this should be a biography I'm not sure mine's that interesting but it's been a fair old ride so far. Starting with sixteen years regular army life sentence I learned my cooking trade before becoming a better paid soldier with a few privileges. The early years service took me out to Canada, and Cyprus during the seventies when I found myself a UN soldier. A hot, sweating thirsty soldier on an island much different to what it is now.

Later on I went to Ulster which I enjoyed mainly because of the people and the coastline. The OPFOR and some of the events during the early 1980's didn't put me off; I kept going back for more, for about six or seven years. During spells in Germany as a cold war warrior I met my wife and had two daughters, who're both doing well. They were with us in Berlin when the Wall came down and we all saw what was happening, border guards peeping westward through the broken wall, russians marching up and down on the Russian War Memorial. We went to the East Berlin Opera at their prices, my first ever experience was Rigoletto, and La Boheme. My pocket hardly felt anything. But it all helped us understand what it was all about and maybe we better understood the East German society.

These past 30 odd years have been spent raising kids, working, and some cooking professionally, until I retired to work for myself. I guess I decided to slow down and use whatever skills and experience I had, for consultancy. The past five years have been the most productive in terms of education and career. I got educated, took some A levels, some College, and more recently (before this year's university degree course started) I worked on projects out in Afghanistan, where my job, my department and my staff required me to make good decisions and keep everything rolling. But that's project management and I learned some lessons while I realised another ambition.

If I could spend more hours learning and debating, I would. So do yourself a favour, don't be like me. I still like to do the odd charity effort and maybe I'll do a big one next year, but the one thing I have to remember is to be patient and to be a decent person, because which of us can claim we always were, out of our jobs and stuff we had to do, or because we were just shitty.

I confess to playing Battlefield 3 or Black Ops with my daughter, sometimes Olympic Games, on the PS3. This is a long story, and I just admitted to computer games....
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Evening to all. I'm new to Historum and was struck by your genuine friendly welcomes. I don't much like social networking and the Facebook stuff, but i can get along with Historum while I'm trying to be polite and friendly in things that matter. Born just before the sixties, I grew up with best of that period in Britain and still miss it all. My wife calls me "gentlemanly with old fashioned values". She chose my Avatar. That's good, I wouldn't want to be different. I cook most of the stuff here and I try to be a help around thre house. In my spare time I have Dartmoor or Exmoor to ramble, I love all the local characters and I have a Boxer dog, Buddy. He really is a buddy. I have a step daughter that keeps me smiling and gnashing my teeth, together. I listen to old rock music, I saw We Will Rock You last year in London ( I love London), and I still remember Whitesnake at the Berlin Waldbuhne back in 1989/1990.

My life has had always had history in it, my father read a lot about it, but it was much later in life that I really got that bug. If like me you stand and look at places and buildings without seeing what's really there now, or you prefer to imagine the past and the people that used to be there much,much longer ago, that's same the bug. Hopefully you're not as anal as I am with recondite things that bore the pants off sane people. As this should be a biography I'm not sure mine's that interesting but it's been a fair old ride so far. Starting with sixteen years regular army life sentence I learned my cooking trade before becoming a better paid soldier with a few privileges. The early years service took me out to Canada, and during Cyprus the seventies when I found myself a UN soldier. A hot, sweating thirsty soldier on an island much different to what it is now.

Later on I went to Ulster which I enjoyed mainly because of the people and the coastline. The OPFOR and some of the events during the early 1980's didn't put me off; I kept going back for more, for about six or seven years. During spells in Germany as a cold war warrior I met my wife and had two daughters, who're both doing well. They were with us in Berlin when the Wall came down and we all saw what was happening, border guards peeping westward through the broken wall, russians marching up and down on the Russian War Memorial. We went to the East Berlin Opera at their prices, my first ever experience was Rigoletto, and La Boheme. My pocket hardly felt anything. But it all helped us understand what it was all about and maybe we better understood the East German society.

These past 30 odd years have been spent raising kids, working, and some cooking professionally, until I retired to work for myself. I guess I decided to slow down and use whatever skills and experience I had, for consultancy. The past five years have been the most productive in terms of education and career. I got educated, took some A levels, some College, and more recently (before this year's university degree course started) I worked on projects out in Afghanistan, where my job, my department and my staff required me to make good decisions and keep everything rolling. But that's project management and I learned some lessons while I realised another ambition.

If I could spend more hours learning and debating, I would. So do yourself a favour, don't be like me. I still like to do the odd charity effort and maybe I'll do a big one next year, but the one thing I have to remember is to be good and to be a decent person, because which of us can claim we always were, out of our jobs and stuff we had to do, or because we were just shitty.

I confess to playing Battlefield 3 or Black Ops with my daughter, sometimes Olympic Games, on the PS3. This is a long story, and I just admitted to computer games....
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Old December 6th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #505
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Hi Bartleboy.
We were an RAF Squadron, we relieved 101 squadron in May 55. It was fairly quiet when the terrs weren't sending their home made rockets! Half the Squadron were flown down to Singapore to see our Squadron's premier of "The Dam Busters". Followed by a big dinner at a s**** hotel.

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Old December 13th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #506
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Hello I am Zenon of Citium. I am from Cyprus, studied in the UK, qualified and work as a lawyer in Cyprus.

My grandfather initiated me into history from an early age, my mother has a degree in Classics and incidentally one of my university house-mates was researching Plato. Thus asides from reading some history myself I had over the years the opportunity to engage in some very interesting discussions about history.

I often indicate history as one of my hobbies (the other being the collection of old books) which my wife describes as a very boring and depressing hobby.

I just discovered history forum today and I expect to learn even more wonderful yet useless information.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:16 AM   #507

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Hello I am Zenon of Citium. I am from Cyprus, studied in the UK, qualified and work as a lawyer in Cyprus.

My grandfather initiated me into history from an early age, my mother has a degree in Classics and incidentally one of my university house-mates was researching Plato. Thus asides from reading some history myself I had over the years the opportunity to engage in some very interesting discussions about history.

I often indicate history as one of my hobbies (the other being the collection of old books) which my wife describes as a very boring and depressing hobby.

I just discovered history forum today and I expect to learn even more wonderful yet useless information.
Hello. Might i say you have an awesome username!
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Old December 13th, 2012, 10:40 AM   #508
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Zeno I could not agree more with you! So do you!
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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:12 AM   #509

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Hello fellow Historiumtalists,

This is my sidling footfall that can occasionally be detected by those who prefer to sit at the back of the room. My hushed hello of arrival.

For reasons that for many years escaped me, I find that I am constantly drawn to the historical rather than the fictional narrative, as my bookshelves can attest. Finally, it dawned on me that the characters I want to read about are not those forged in those wondrously magical imaginal smithies of novelists, but the ones which are formed by the lives and exploits of personalities that truly did move through eras and times, leaving signs of their 'being' in such a multitude of ways which gives rise to the plenitude of approaches to viewing 'history'.

My background academically is in Western Esotericism, not as a practitioner by any means, merely as a chaser of 'characters'... on the trail of those flamboyant Agrippas and cornered Kelleys, dusting for fingerprints on the alembics, and pulling back the green curtain behind the Ambassadors, hoping to catch a glimpse of Holbein's master

I look forward to some surprising tidbits and chance discussions.

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Old January 14th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #510
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I am an exiled Scot living in London for many, many years. I still retain my scottish accent. I studied Philosophy and Psychology at the Open University. I am recently widowed with 3 daughters and eight grandchildren. I have recently had my first novel published and am now working on a book of short stories about a Glasgow couple in the 1950s. I like to travel but not fly, I dabble in oils and play the guitar badly.
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