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 INSIGHTS ON IVOR Part Twenty Four    The year of 1951 also saw the Peak District being designated as Britain ’s first National Park. This was followed in the same year by the Lake District and Snowdon receiving National Park status. The man who bought Radar – Radio, Detection and Ranging - to the world, Sir Robert Watson-Watt was, quite rightly, awarded fifty thousand pounds in 1951 by a grateful Government. The whole world owes a massive debt to this Scotsman born 1892 in Brechin and died 1973 in Inverness .    This was also the year when the Government...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR Part Twenty Three    Another pleasant memory of Northwood I recall was the number of pretty WAAF’S stationed there. There was one particular girl who stood out as the most attractive and all the lads fancied her but fortunately for me, or perhaps it was just her good taste!, I was the lucky one she chose to take her out. The first date we had was when I took her to a party being held for one of our colleagues who was celebrating his birthday.  Many at the party quite naturally over indulged in two many glasses...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR Part Twenty Two    The UK received quite a shock in 1951 when it was announced that two Foreign Office diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who had been under surveillance by the Intelligence Services as suspected spies got wind of it and fled to Soviet Russia. Meeting at Cambridge University some years earlier, along with Kim Philby, they were all deeply involved in espionage, holding very left wing views of western democracy and passing secrets to the Russians.        By this time in my life I had passed my exams at Compton Basset and as a...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Twenty One      In May 1950 petrol rationing finally ended after 10 years. People were tearing up their petrol rationing books and dancing around their cars. The Whitsun weekend of wonderful weather saw thousands take to the roads in celebration. The next month, in typical Government fashion, they put up the price of petrol to three shillings a gallon. The first self-service shop in Britain opened in Croydon, south London in June 1950. Sainsbury’s described this type of shopping as ‘Q-less shopping’ meaning shopping without waiting in line to be served.  Part of the...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Twenty      When our Teleprinter training started at Compton Bassett the first thing we had to learn was how to, not only type but become a touch typist. This we did on a manual typewriter with the aid of a record which provided a rhythmic beat too which we endeavoured to hit the right keys in unison. As any typist knows there are certain phrases which are used as typing exercises for learners. Phrases such as ‘Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party’ being probably...

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