Hurricane Sandy has been the main event in my life these past few months. You will recall that this superstorm hit the New Jersey shoreline on October 29, 2012, causing much damage. My little riverfront house (it started life as a duck-hunting shack in the 1950s) had four feet of water on the property and…Details
OPs may be interested to know that I am giving a series of talks, starting in November in the Alresford (Hampshire) area, on Australia’s first submarines. The AE1 and AE2 were launched one hundred years’ ago in 1913. They were built in Barrow-in-Furness and manned by composite Australian and British crews. AE1 vanished without trace…Details
I returned to Founders’ Day this year (2013) for the first time in many years and was horrified! They have removed the cable over the parade ground. How can any Drum Major prove themselves worthy of the title without a cable to toss the mace over?
I’m involved in the National Coast Watch Institute at Portland Bill. Not long ago someone called Mike Goddard came into my watch for training. On asking him if he had any seagoing experience, his response was unbelievable. “Oh yes, I went into Blue Funnel from a school you’ve never heard of.” “What school was that,”…Details
The 150th anniversary edition of the prestigious Wisden cricket almanac carries an article “Engraved in the memory” by Rupert about his great uncle, the illustrator, engraver and painter Eric Ravilious. Ravilious was commissioned in 1938 to produce an engraving for a redesigned cover for Wisden. For the past 76 years (with a hiatus in 2003)…Details
Mike is developing a career as an obituary writer in the national press. Recently obituaries he has written (of the diplomat Stephen Miles & the SOE operative Margaret Jackson) have appeared in The Scotsman, The Independent and The Guardian.
After a “model” career at Pangbourne Jamie joined the Royal Navy. He married Laura, a school friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1984. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph in May, the marriage broke down in 2010. Subsequently the Lonsdale estate at Kingston Lisle Park in Oxfordshire was put up for sale…Details
Barney Spender, OP Rep in France writes: “I just received this note from Bruce Fair who is keen to hook up with OPs in France. I asked him to give me more info about his travels but suggest you contact him directly. Also, for those on Facebook, please remember there is a FB Page for…Details
Thirteen OPs attended a curry lunch on board HQS Wellington in April, 2013, and shared their CVs. Here they are: Stephen Taylor: For my part, I joined NCP in May 1955, Port Jackson with E Beet, and then onto Macquarie. Leaving Easter 60, I went to Dartmouth, and had a full career in the RN,…Details
*From John Lancaster-Smith: ” ‘Oh Ruddy Heck’ Mike had a great influence on my time at the College. If I failed to respond to his attempts to improve my maths, I hope that I frustrated his attempts to improve my sailing less! Four years of sailing at the College was excellent along with notable journeys…Details