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Search: Posts Made By: Austinsparks
Forum: P & O 17th April 2019, 14:03
Replies: 35
Views: 6,723
Posted By Austinsparks
Vendee FC

I found the attached pic, dated Easter 1979, of the Vendee football team which played in a tournament in Marseille. 40 years ago, more or less exactly! I wonder if anyone else in the picture will see...
Forum: The Radio Room 23rd December 2016, 19:48
Replies: 70
Views: 5,595
Posted By Austinsparks
Hi Richard, Yes that's a coincidence! I was...

Hi Richard,

Yes that's a coincidence! I was on a P & O cargo ship called Stratheden and would have been in Newark too! I had been there before (and would be again) and was familiar with the...
Forum: The Radio Room 22nd December 2016, 10:53
Replies: 70
Views: 5,595
Posted By Austinsparks
I was in port in NY that morning, and actually...

I was in port in NY that morning, and actually doing some work in the radio room first thing and wondering why each local radio station I tried was playing non-stop Beatles music. When the steward...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2015, 07:49
Replies: 22
Views: 4,261
Posted By Austinsparks
Looks great. I must visit!

Looks great. I must visit!
Forum: The Radio Room 15th August 2014, 20:56
Replies: 101
Views: 16,632
Posted By Austinsparks
San Juan was a nice one to call - NMR. And they...

San Juan was a nice one to call - NMR. And they were very responsive and happy to take all the OBS!
Forum: P & O 6th August 2014, 12:10
Replies: 25
Views: 6,591
Posted By Austinsparks
Similarly, a few years ago, while working with...

Similarly, a few years ago, while working with Maersk, I was at a ceremony at NMM which handed over the PONL records to the museum.
Forum: P & O 6th August 2014, 12:02
Replies: 12
Views: 8,250
Posted By Austinsparks
Unhappy Hi Geoff. My ID is a bit of a giveaway regarding...

Hi Geoff. My ID is a bit of a giveaway regarding my role! I guess I could have been more original. Yes, that was my first trip. My second trip was on the same run, after which I never got to Kiwi...
Forum: P & O 4th August 2014, 10:40
Replies: 12
Views: 8,250
Posted By Austinsparks
I remember these documents well...sometimes they...

I remember these documents well...sometimes they were how we found out where we were going ourselves! I was on Tekoa at the time of this one.
Forum: P & O 24th September 2013, 16:55
Replies: 10
Views: 3,703
Posted By Austinsparks
Very nice site - thanks for putting it together....

Very nice site - thanks for putting it together. Perhaps there could be a "radio" section one day? Also I was interested in the picture of Gandhi on a P & O ship in 1931; it might be a good addition...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 9th July 2013, 13:41
Replies: 34
Views: 3,849
Posted By Austinsparks
I got his autograph at one of his lectures when I...

I got his autograph at one of his lectures when I was about ten. I can still visualise how he wrote it, with a distinctive alpha-like R in the surname; I wish I knew what happened to the autograph...
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 9th July 2013, 13:38
Replies: 34
Views: 3,849
Posted By Austinsparks
I believe he publicly supported UKIP, which might...

I believe he publicly supported UKIP, which might have been a disadvantage since I doubt they get to nominate anyone (yet).
Forum: The Radio Room 9th July 2013, 13:33
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
Smile That may have been the last time anyone parked...

That may have been the last time anyone parked easily in Sefton Park Road!!
Forum: The Radio Room 9th July 2013, 10:13
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
Muller orphanages

I found a slightly older picture of the place...
Forum: The Radio Room 9th July 2013, 10:05
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
There used to be a driveway which became a circle...

There used to be a driveway which became a circle at the front entrance. I see that this has gone, from looking at an apartment there on Rightmove (a great site to be nosey on!).

Shame the radar...
Forum: The Radio Room 8th July 2013, 21:56
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
That was RAD 153, which I dropped into after my...

That was RAD 153, which I dropped into after my disastrous encounter with Mr Tyson - which was particularly annoying as it wasn't really my fault, for once. My recollection is that by then many of...
Forum: The Radio Room 8th July 2013, 10:44
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
I remember the wig incident as I was in the same...

I remember the wig incident as I was in the same class! There was incredulity when he arrived on the Monday looking so smart, and much hilarity when his normal appearance was restored at the end of...
Forum: The Radio Room 5th July 2013, 15:51
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
Smile I remember the terrible haircuts people used to...

I remember the terrible haircuts people used to have on returning to class after popping next door to model for a free trim!
Forum: The Radio Room 3rd July 2013, 09:30
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
I was there during that year, although I finished...

I was there during that year, although I finished and went to sea in the spring of 1975. I don't recall either the careers event (maybe it took place just too late for me to need it) or the bogus job...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2013, 16:07
Replies: 349
Views: 93,239
Posted By Austinsparks
We had the reverse scenario on my first ever...

We had the reverse scenario on my first ever night in New York - a burger bar near Times Square where the food included unlimited beer!!! We spent a long time there, with the staff joining in and...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2013, 15:40
Replies: 131
Views: 30,789
Posted By Austinsparks
It is also available on iTunes - Radio 4 UK Theme.

It is also available on iTunes - Radio 4 UK Theme.
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2013, 15:39
Replies: 131
Views: 30,789
Posted By Austinsparks
Waiting to enter Dar es Salaam one Christmas and...

Waiting to enter Dar es Salaam one Christmas and most of the ship's co boating out to a small island - barbie and beers on the sandy beach, dodging the coral and lounging among the palm trees. A...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2013, 14:56
Replies: 58
Views: 6,716
Posted By Austinsparks
I still have my atlas. I occasionally try to get...

I still have my atlas. I occasionally try to get rid of it as several of the maps are now out of date and I have newer and bigger atlases, (not meaning to show off!) but when I see the award sticker...
Forum: The Radio Room 19th June 2013, 14:37
Replies: 420
Views: 84,052
Posted By Austinsparks
That's him. He was the class teacher when I was...

That's him. He was the class teacher when I was in RAD150 (on my way from 151 to 149 - I did the grand tour). I remember him as knowing his stuff but being a disciplinarian (he probably had good...
Forum: The Radio Room 18th June 2013, 16:19
Replies: 88
Views: 16,917
Posted By Austinsparks
It took me quite a while to summon up the courage...

It took me quite a while to summon up the courage to go up; the final motivation was a time when I had got a crewman to apply some grease to the scanner for me, and afterwards I had to respond to...
Forum: The Radio Room 18th June 2013, 16:01
Replies: 4
Views: 1,300
Posted By Austinsparks
Good article. Well spotted.

Good article. Well spotted.
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