1952 – Born at the Shrubbery Maternity Home, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on August 16th. Lived at Cookshall Farm near West Wycombe. Brother, John born 14 months previously, June 2 1951.
also in this year Jan 20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone. Feb 6 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne. Feb 26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb. Apr 21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route). Aug 15 9 inches of rain fall creates a 20 ft wave in Lynmouth, England, killing 34. Sep 19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England. Oct 3 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia. Oct 8 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain’s worst peace-time rail crash. Nov 1 “Ivy Mike”, the first thermonuclear weapon to utilize the H-bomb design of Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, is detonated in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean. Nov 4 General Dwight Eisenhower (R) elected 34th president of the USA, beating Adlai Stevenson (D). Dec 4 Killer fogs begin in London, England; “Smog” becomes a word.
1954 – Sister, Sylvia born March 18.
1956 – Moved north when Dad started working for J & T Peters, later A K Sharpe, on Southworth Hall farm, Croft. We lived in one of the farm’s tied cottages, Jaque’s Cottage, Southworth Lane, Croft.
1958 – Started School at Winwick C.o.E. Primary School
1960 – Walked from school when bus was tapped in snow drift. Moved to a council house in Winwick village
1963 – January, 62/63 the coldest winter on record,
1964 – Sept Started secondary education at Culcheth County Secondary
1968 – Sept left school and started electrical apprenticeship training at UKAEA Risley
1969 – 1st year training (except for time at college) spent at Winfrith site while living at Weymouth, Dorset. Started sailing at this time and had first trip abroad on a cross channel race to Cherbourg, France
1970 – 2nd year, instead of an Outward Bound venture course I opted for a 13 day training cruise on the sail training association’s schooner STS Malcolm Miller which started in June from Weymouth and finished in Portsmouth.
1972 – Completed apprenticeship, taken on as an electrician in Risley RD Labs
1975 – September, Norway and Sweden road-trip
1976 – Sept Attempted an electrical engineering degree at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham
1977 – Lack of effort resulted in failed 1st year, taken on as an electrician by Vickers shipbuilding works, Barrow-in-Furness. Working on HMS Invincible fitting out. Joined works motor club and became interested in rallying. Donington Park re-opened and I became a track marshal, also helping at Oulton Park, Silverstone and Mallory Park
1978 – March Became an electrical design draughtsman at Daresbury Labs
1980 -Dec Christmas in Toronto, Canada. 1st Flight, staying with cousin Barb. Includes visit to Niagara Falls
1982 – August, Iceland road-trip
1983 – Feb Ski Avoriaz, France. Oct Nov California, Arizona and Nevada, USA road trip
1984 – Feb Ski St Anton, Austria. April Ski Soll, Austria
1985 – Feb Ski Flaine, France. April Ski Val d’Isere, France. Sept Llangollen Canal cruise
1986 – Feb Ski Meribel, France. July Aug La Dornac. Dec Ski La Molina, Spain
1987 – Feb Ski Hinterglem, Austria. April La Dornac and Ski Super Lioran, Massif Central. June Le Mans 24hrs. Dec Ski Les 2 Alpes
1988 – Feb Ski Chatel. March Ski Courchevel July La Dornac, France.
1989 – Jan Ski Crans Mantana, Switzerland. Ski Kolsaas Weer, Austria
1990 – Feb Ski Soll, Austria. Oct 27 Mum died, December Ski Verbier, Switzerland
1994 – June work’s holiday on Crete
1996 – Nov return from Grenoble and back to Daresbury in Jan
1997 – April married
2000 – Nov Divorced
2003 – Feb Grenoble, Geneva. April Norfolk Broads cruise. Aug La Dornac. Sept Agen, France.
2004 – Aug Manchester Ship Canal cruise
2005 – 25 Nov depart Southampton, East Mediteranean cruise on MV Black Prince. 29th, Mottril Spain. 1st Nov, Syracuse Sicily. 2nd overtaken by the QE2. 4th Cyprus. 5th Alexandria Egypt. 6th Cairo. 8th, Benghazi Libya. 10th, Tripoli. 11th, Malta. 12th Tunis. 14th Gibraltar. 18th Southampton.
2006 – Jan Feb Ski Morzine. April Foix, France
2007 – Feb Ski Morzine. May Caledonian Canal, Scotland cruise. Aug Foix, France
2008 – Jan 26 Dad died, Aug France, MTB Vercors plateau and Limousin
2009 – Feb Ski Serre Chevalier, April Ski Les 2 Alpes,
2010 – April/May New York, then Barbados, then transatlantic on tall ship Royal Clipper to Malaga, Spain stopping at Ponta Delgardo in the Azores and finishing with a week mountain biking in Alora, Andulucia Dec Christmas and New Year artic cruise in the MS Midnatsol up the coast of Norway
2011 – Jan Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland. March ski Villards de Lans, Sept Bulgaria mountain biking Dec Lanzerote
2012 – Feb Ski Alpe d’Huez staying at Allemond. April VR from Daresbury Labs followed by retirement in August on 60th birthday. April May, Mississippi trip, last week in New Orleans. Aug Pembrokeshire, Sam surfing, me biking. Aug/Sept Bulgaria mountain biking Oct Lindos, Rhodes. Christmas in Grenoble and Albanne, skiing in Les Karellis, staying in a superb cabin
2017 – Jan 1st Debbie – July 9th Manic Street Preachers at Llanfest, 2017 International Eisteddfod, Llangollen
– Jan 9th to 19th Grenoble
July 21 Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
July 22 Visit to Bletchley Park
August 18th Tour de Mons, Anglesey