Now retired I live in a very pleasant South Coast area in Hampshire U.K.although always have lived within the surrounding 10 miles. Married 55 years to Margaret we now have an extended family most recent additions being Ruby our first great grand daughter, now nearly 6, Amalie age 14 months and Gracie just 7 months. Always interested in all kinds of music I love popular classics, swing band music, rock & roll, popular ballads and some ballad singers. In my teens with 4 fellow apprentices was a founder member of a MIME group, who entertained the youth of the 1950's at various Southampton Dance Halls, Theatres and Cinemas for a couple of years. Spent 16 years as a football referee under the auspices of Hampshire F.A. reaching County standard as a class 1 referee and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not consistant enough to hit top level, nevertheless I hope I contributed enough to be appreciated, althouth I must admit to being chased up the pitch a few times. Always enjoyed football though never good enough to play to a decent standard so pleased to be able to put a little back into football by refereeing. I now have NO motorcycles at all now, though my main love were and still are Norton motorcycles, not only owning them, but touring all over Europe before and after the Berlin Wall came down. A very understanding wife allowed me to tour Europe every other year for 20 years and holiday with her on alternate years. My solo motorcycle trip to visit a new friend in Hamburg via Osnabrook and Berlin in 1981 was somewhat hair raising. My Sisters husband Tony, an Insurance rep arranged a few days stopover at the 14th Royal Hussars Tank Regiment barracks at Spandau, right next door to the Prison block where Hess, Hitlers deputy was being held. This brings me onto my favourite type of holiday these days, Cruising. Cruising the Baltic countries, West Indies, Cape Verdi, Canada, USA and the East and West Med in relaxed mode just canot be beat. Have found the old saying "I don't know how I found the time to retire" is true, I'm always doing more around the family now than I ever did before. I have found some time however to write, starting in 2007 its taken 7 years to get part 1 into print, lets hope part 2 and 3 takes me a lot less time. To stop going entirely GA GA I have a part time job in Cruise Line security in the Southampton Docks, very interesting, maybe an area to write about ? I am now into Nature and Wildlife in a big way, grow tomatoes and cucumbers in the Spring and Summer, Astronomy, the Big Bang through Professor Brian Cox (just how and why ARE we here?) battling some local issues close to my heart and photography if and when I have the time.
A Real Apprentice
by Alistair Tritten
Retired Aircraft Engineer progressed from apprentice to Planning, Production Engineer to Senior Prod: Engineer, following 5 year diversion into Traffic Management. From early retirement became a sub contract consultant using engineering experience in Space Engineering, Aircraft, Nuclear. During the cold war I traveled East & West Germany, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, Ardenne by motorcycle.
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