Troubador Curves of Freedom

Released: 28/08/2016

ISBN: 9781785892875

Format: Paperback

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Curves of Freedom

An Autobiographical Journal


This unusual autobiographical journal uses anniversaries, current issues and pieces of news as hooks on which to hang memories, stories or comments. The author’s birth in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and his loyalty to that delightful piece of countryside and its quarrying industry, are fully featured. He records his experience of the worst days of the Birmingham blitz while a university student. Then followed his commissioning in the Royal Engineers and active service overseas. His first post-war role was as explosives engineer with ICI Nobel Division. Then followed ten years on the scientific research staff of the National Coal Board. Finally, he held the joint appointment as Director of the Institute of Quarrying and managing editor of Quarry Management. During this period he took an active part in settling the qualifications and titles for the various grades of engineer. During negotiations with the establishment, he was accused of acting ‘in defiance of the Privy Council’! Overseas business trips are recalled including two extensive tours of Australia and New Zealand. The first was special because he enjoyed a personal guided tour of the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme, and the second because of meeting ‘Shorty’ O’Neill, the famous trade union leader of Broken Hill. The author remembers an early enthusiasm for Henry Hall and the BBC Dance Orchestra. At the age of sixteen, he was introduced to classical music, which became a lifelong enjoyment. Art is recalled as his favourite and best subject at school. There he developed an interest in the Impressionist movement, which grew with the years.When he was young he became a Christian, a faith which influenced the rest of his life. In retirement, he was active in Church administration, and was treasurer and churchwarden of St Peter’s Church, Canterbury. This second edition of Curves of Freedom is aimed primarily at those enjoying autobiographies. The unique format will be an added attraction.

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