This is a book, I was promted to start this by my bank manager as in his words it covers a period of history that is not yet covered in any detail and he found some of it very entertaining.
I started my life in uniform at the age of 11 when my mother at her wits end said the Navy was 50% responsibler for him being here they can be 50% responsible for his education, and with that I found myself on a steam train to the wilds of Sufolk, it was here that I joined the Royal Hospital School ( at one time known as the cradle of the Royal Navy) It was originally located at Greenwich Hospital School Greenwhich London on the banks of the Thames, and that was the start, 60 years later looking back its been one long adventure, from being chased by wovles on Syrian border to nearly getting arrested in Moscow.... many other events, but read the book. It will see the light of day.
In the words of the old Chinese proverb "I have lived in interesting times".
I estimated that the book will be finished with in 6 to 9 months, and if any body asks how certain are you that it will be finished I direct your attention to the photo at the start of this description, I said I would deliver the petition to No.10 and I did.... Now with the publication of this book they will be reminded.
Many years ago before computers and the internet became the tools of trade for many I said I would drive fro Arabia to the UK, "Can't be done", "Too risky" "Your an idiot" ...I was told this and some comments that cannot be repeated. 3 weeks later still dress in my Arab clothes I and my pickup arrived in London much to the surprise of an old time special.... Make no mistake the book will be published and be entertaining.
Why do I need funding well... First I need a place to write undisturbed that place is available and needs paying for second I am a member of a group of verans who are campaining for veterans rights all have agreed to buy a copy of the book ( currently orders for 250 copies (harbacked) and that will mean a need to publish a small number of the book. Next of course my old lap top is well OLD and a new one would be nice. Finally from the book sales a portion of any profits will go to support the Veterans group activities, Parades, letters to MP's, bothering various VIP'S (reminding them of our service). For example there an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 veterans, many are in their late 80's early 90's who because of the then governmet policy are without any support / pension from the country they served. The number gets less each day.