As a proud submariner it's important to me that the crews of Royal Navy submarines lost in war and in peacetime are never forgotten and that there is a fitting memorial for them at the National Arboretum Memorial where visitors can reflect and remember such bravery and sacrifice.
When I heard about the Submariner Memorial Appeal I wondered what I could do to help to encourage donations: I decided to try to play to my strengths - I am not a runner! In recent years I have occasionally kept myself busy writing scripts for a Christmas thongomime for the village - imagine a pantomime but one so much flimsier in content and construction that it leaves the actors feeling rather exposed. With no opportunity for a thongomime this year, I decided to direct my writing effort elsewhere:
“Life is just …” is the result.
A sometimes whimsical story of: life, submarines, and life in submarines - but mainly just memories.
The free PDF is available here: Life is just ...
I wrote this novella to offer some entertainment and a glimpse at life onboard a Royal Navy diesel submarine in the 1970s - and, of course, to encourage as many donations as possible.
Written with a lay-readership in mind, former shipmates (who have nothing to fear) and my peers who decide to read it, will hopefully find that it sparks some distant and fond memories.
You may already have read “Life is just …”. If you have, I hope you enjoyed it and that you are now contemplating making a donation to the Submariner Memorial Appeal having been inspired to do so by my ‘magnum opus’ - that’s the plan!
Then and now. Life is just ...