February No.2 2021

‘You are what you think’ by Vincent Fosdike People often respond to the word Psychology in a defensive manner. At least those who have no knowledge or experience of it. It is a vast field and seems to have grown almost exponentially since the 1960s. Am I allowed to guess that you are now thinking of the words swinging, acid, psychedelic and groovy? You see I can read your mind thanks to my study of the subject! The fear that the discipline engenders gives rise to its own counterculture with words and phrases like, shrink, trick-cyclist and fraudster. Practitioners are sometimes viewed as expensive pedlars of the obvious or in need of help themselves. These same practitioners may find themselves challenged at dinner parties to account for why a guest finds himself experiencing a phobia or a compulsion. He/she then sticks their neck out with a suggestion or two only […]

February No.1 2021

Club News Andrew Kellard (Grumpy) is suffering from neck and lower back pain and needs to relinquish his posts of Almoner and Luncheon Secretary – any volunteers? He’ll still come to meetings. Please email Vincent with articles or news for the Newsletter at vincent@fosdike.com ‘Full astern both’ by Vincent Fosdike I do know that some of our membership have had nautical connections and one of our former members served aboard a very distinguished cruiser during the last war as a radio operator. As one who has sailed nothing bigger than a thirty foot sloop in nothing stronger that a force six I have always wondered what it feels like to be on the bridge of one of the august members of our R.N. fleet perhaps in heavy weather. Not that long ago there was a T.V. series showing life on one of our latest aircraft carriers, which on its first […]

January No.2 2021

Club News – Ian Payne Please email Vincent with articles or news for the Newsletter at vincent@fosdike.com The website is up to date and Jim Mulvey has added over 700 new photos he’s taken over the past 20 years A Trip to Greece by Ian Payne When our first son was 1 year old we went camping in Brittany. It was a luxury tent already set up – today we’d call it glamping. We liked it, so we bought our own equipment and eventually upgraded to a trailer tent complete with camping beds, kitchen and sink units etc. We went camping on holidays all over Europe – France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary. Two short stories from Hungary: We left the tent near Budapest for a day trip to Lake Sopron but hadn’t reconned on a gale which blew the tent down – a lesson well-learned; Waiting at a […]

January No.1 2021

Welcome back to all our members with best wishes for a Happy New Year from Vincent and Ian Teamwork by Tony Simpson After reading the obituary of a sailor who, when working as a diver, was obliged to cut off his fingers in order to save his life, I was reminded of an incident which occurred fifty-five years ago at Bromborough Dock in Merseyside. As assistant to the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Westminster Dredging Company I got all the awkward and tricky jobs – which was tremendous experience. This involved ships and reclamation equipment which required a survey, a quick decision and speedy action. We had a repair and maintenance squad which comprised a collection of remarkable men. To mention a few, the Liverpool Irish mobile crane driver who was adept at loading equipment into dry docks with the back wheels just lifting off the ground. The burners and […]