Peter Jones from Australia sent an interesting pair of photos. His explanations are indented:
Being the shy, retiring (& now 13 years into retirement from an academic career in several universities’ Comp Sci or Elec Eng) Celtic male, I hesitated.
But, I wanted to help out with a contribution to the readers piccies’ tank to sort of pay Prof Jerry for my at least daily site visits for education, enlightenment and entertainment.
In addition, to read the many contributions from GCM, MC, commenters etc. Often my eyes flood at reading some sad stories, wishing I could send some hugs.
In June 1946, aged 2, surviving time in bomb shelters in Wales, UK my mum took us 2 kids to the newly opened London Airport out in the open countryside at the village of Heathrow. We took 3 days to fly out to the West Indies via Lisbon, the Azores & Bermuda. I don’t recall it but my older bro at the age of 9 does. My dad had been a ground engineer working on bombers and had joined British South American Airways (BSAA) as “War 2” ended – later part of BOAC and now BA. He had already flown out ahead of us. The plane, I think, was converted from a bomber for civilian use by a firm in Canada.
From http://www.flywiththestars.co.uk; Avro 691 Lancastrian 3 (13 passengers) G-AGWG ‘Star Light’.
First flight 29/11/45 Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production. Date delivered 6/12/45 and registered 14/12/45 to BSAA ‘Star Light’. Written off 12/11/47 when crashed on landing in Bermuda. The picture is actually one that was next from the conversion.
On visiting Grand Cayman, 6 years ago, I toured Pedro St. James Castle. This is their oldest existing building, originally built in 1780.
And found this example of my first “tablet” used in primary school in the 1950s. Note the Oakleys for protection against nuclear radiation. And, yes, that is pen & paper in my shirt pocket for notes, even though I have been into digital computers since 1966. My kids question my rationality on that score “Dad, put it up in the cloud, secure, searchable etc.”
I now live in Australia, using the monicker “Peter (Oz) Jones” here as two common names (there were 3 Peter Jones at my health clinic) don’t help. Why was I not given a complex Welsh name???