Memories

  • The Iranian Embassy Siege 1980 – When the SAS went public

    The Iranian Embassy Siege 1980 – When the SAS went public

    Whenever the Iranian Embassy Siege gets mentioned, one name always comes to my mind. John McAleese. He was the Staff Sergeant who went in through the front window of the Embassy that was shown by TV stations around the world. A single Police Constable, PC Trevor Lock was on guard duty and he was swept…

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  • Field gun training. What you don’t see at the Royal Tournament.

    Field gun training. What you don’t see at the Royal Tournament.

    A month ago I published a post appealing for the Royal Navy Field Gun race to be reinstated. It’s an explosive event with participants raining with sweat they’re putting so much effort into. I was intrigued about who the Field Gun participants were. What makes a Field Gunner? Why do they do it? What do…

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  • The only time I was given lines at school

    The only time I was given lines at school

    I was watching an old film today and the headmaster of the school gave one of the pupils 100 lines. This brought back a memory of the one and only time I was given lines to do at school. (Yeah it was that far back in history!) I can’t remember what my misdemeanour was but…

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  • Bring back the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition

    Bring back the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition

    It has to have been one of the most spectacular sporting events I’ve ever seen live. I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to the Royal Tournament and there was only one event I looked forward to. The Royal Navy Field Gun Competition. For years I’d seen it on TV, but all of a…

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  • Lest we forget

    Lest we forget

    For all those who died on that day, as well as the first responders who have succumbed since, we’ll not forget you.

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  • The City Hall was saved

    The City Hall was saved

    Back in 2013, can it really be ten years ago, Newcastle City Council had to respond to comments they were planning to closed the iconic music venue, Newcastle City Hall. Far from being a council administrative building, as some may infer from its name, it is a concert venue with a capacity in excess of…

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  • When I went through the Time Tunnel

    When I went through the Time Tunnel

    My parents were great believers in the Sunday family trip out. They both had connections to towns on the River Tyne in the northeast of England, so imagine my delight when my dad announced we were going to go through the Time Tunnel. That had been my favourite show on TV for a while. At…

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  • I didn’t understand at the time, I just thought it was cracking song

    I didn’t understand at the time, I just thought it was cracking song

    I remember when this song, Luka, was in the charts. Suzanne Vega seemed as though she was on every radio station I tuned into. It was a great song and I went through a short phase where it would feature heavily on CD player. (Yes back in the days of CDs) It wasn’t until years…

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  • Now then grapple fans

    Now then grapple fans

    The ceremonial unmasking of Kendo Nagasaki. Many a wrestler tried to unmask him in the ring. None of them succeeded. However, if I recall correctly, he always vowed that he would never be unmasked unless he was defeated in the ring. He was one of the many wrestling characters who would appear on World of…

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  • Playing in the woods

    Playing in the woods

    When I was a kid, there were three things that I was absolutely obsessed about. I probably spent the most time in the local woods up until I was around fourteen years of age. I was a keen BP Scout and my friends and I were forever learning about fieldcraft and building temporary shelters in…

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  • My first love

    My first love

    Looking back through life certain songs trigger certain memories. For me, Showaddywaddy will always hold a special place in my heart. I think it was 1976 or maybe 1977 when I encountered the band on the jukebox at my local Boys’ Club. It was Judo Club night and this gorgeous girl had joined for the…

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  • Evening All

    Evening All

    They are two words that will forever be associated with PC George Dixon MBE. Dixon of Dock Green was a Police drama that ran from 1955 to 1976 and featured Jack Warner OBE in the title role of PC George Dixon MBE. Not much was made of Dixon’s MBE but it was revealed that he…

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