This & That
A new page for items that don't or won't
fit into any other category !!!
Hello, My name
is Natasha Howard and I'm going to Addu Atoll to set up two rowing
clubs as part of the Rowing Association of the Maldives initiative
to encourage school children on the Atoll, and especially girls, to
get involved in the sport. Apparently, rowing used to be very much a
part of Maldivian life and this project hopes to re-kindle this. I
will be based there for 6 months on a voluntary basis with board and
lodging covered by the county council. We have had 7 coastal double
boats built in Italy and shipped to Male, where three will stay with
the other volunteer, Rachel Loveridge, while the remaining four are
sent down to Addu with myself. We will be coaching rowing and
swimming to children from the local schools as a means of promoting
the range of activities offered at the schools. Rachel is also
currently working with the juvenile offenders on their island off
As I was searching
for information about the Maldives, and specifically Addu Atoll, on
the internet I came across your site and thought with all your
readers connections to the atoll they may be interested in hearing
about our project! I was also wondering if any of your members may
have photos or pictures of the wooden rowing boats the Maldivians, I
am assured, used to use? If so it would be lovely to see them. I
gather the art of building traditional rowing boats is dying out -
apparently the design varied greatly between atolls. I'm hoping to
track a few down while I'm out there. The boats we are taking out
are fibreglass - not quite so romantic!
We have a website
of our own with a blog so if anyone is interested they can read
about our progress. Of course there are lots of photos and more
information about the project and what we hope to achieve while we
are out there. The project is very much in it's infancy so any help
or advice people can offer would be gratefully appreciated!
I hope you enjoy
reading about our endeavours and am really looking forward to
leaving in 3 days time and all the new experiences that will be
coming my way. If anyone is passing through the Atoll and fancy a
spin in the boats or see how we're doing please do get in touch.
Just looking through some old snaps and came across this one, it is
the Radio Gan crew July 64.
Image for full Photograph
with SASF Nov 63-64 and was the programme manager for the radio
station and lots of the staff were actually SASF.
one, short sleeve shirt holding a beer on my old mates head.
bride to Gan 2007 so much had changed.
Keith 'Nick" Nicholson
Hi Phil, hope you are ok and 2011 is not proving too
tiresome so far!
With his passing I asked, through the website
guestbook, if anyone was taking it on or if I could be given
access to carry it on. As I've not heard anything I've started
one on Weebly, that I use for the RAF Luqa site and would
appreciate it if you could add the link below, with the
following bit of text and attached photo of the station crest,
to your RAF Gan Remembered website. I have dedicated the site to
the memory of DC on the home page.
I've nicked your idea of 'Remembered' for my
Luqa and the new Masirah websites, seemed like an excellent name
for such websites.
"The site for ex RAF, and any other
people that may have been posted to, or just visited, the
amazing island of MASIRAH. RAF Motto was Al'itimad A'la Al-Nafs
= Self Reliance"
All the best
David Rose / Gloucester
Websites & Blog:
Hope you are keeping well. Just
wanted to let you know of a
website I've created due to the death of the the original
RAF Masirah website creator, Dave Cromb, in Australia.
This is back in the 'Good Old
Days' when Masirah was one of the less desirable postings
but grew on people that actually went there and everyone
came to be very attached to the place regardless of the
There's even a link, in the
'Useful Links' page, to a Pongo signals squadron where
there's some great photographs of 603 Signals Group.
Archive material from the
original site is there but the photographs are very small if
viewed as a slideshow due to having to download them from
Dave's site. His original link is http://www.freewebs.com/masirah/ and
the photographs can be viewed there, with their comments
which I have not transferred.
Happy viewing and, if you spent
any time on Masirah, let me know if you would like to post
photographs or memories.
I've also got a Middle East
Ex-Pats website which I hope will grow and cover all Middle
East regions, plus the old RAF Luqa site that I created
about a year and a half ago (links below in my autosignature).
If you have a website of your
own, or for an association (e.g. TG11) please feel free to
add the links to your site(s).
Rose / Gloucester
Websites & Blog:
Catering Staff from the Late
Photographs from Pete
When RAF Gan was nearing its close, a team of experts visited Gan as
" Time and Motion Studying Team" I understood this particular study
was done to facilitate reduce the staff strength prior British pull
out. Head of this team was Mr. Francis Golding who become a very
good friend of mine and had contacts till British completely pull
out from Gan on 31st March 1976. After that no news of him.
When he was in Gan we (local staff + Pakistanis) through a farewell
party to Mr. Danny Hillon (stores supervisor/MPBW.), and this
particular team saw invited.
In the party I was forced by my boss to give a short speech. I have
tried to refuse but no success. So I stood in front of 20 odd
British and was reluctant to speak. When there no way to escape I
started saying that " Quiet calm deliberation disentangles every
knot" which I learned from my teacher. And receiving courage from
this quotation of Harold Macmillan I spoke for few minutes.
When Francis Golding went back to UK. he was invited by Julian Amery
who married Macmillan's daughter. Francis was unable to attend but
he send a note to Mr. Amery (MP) explaining about my quotation.
Later I had a copy of Harold Macmillan's letter to Francis
explaining him how this quotation came to light " well once a word
launched to the earth would have travelled all corners of the world
is tribute to the volatility of this quotation, which landed to
Maldives. Actually this quotation was taken from Albert Sullivan's
book which came from Gondoliers. In 1960 when I was Prime Minister
,time was some what critical so I took this quotation and wrote on a
paper with my own hand and stuck on Green Basie Door, 10 down
street, private secretary side. When I felt in 1961, this paper was
removed by John Windon, ( now Lord Igroment ) and put it in Petworth
There might be mistakes, but I have put the way I remember.
If any one knew about Mr. Francis Golding please let me have his
email address to enable me to back up my past.
Hello, I admire the scope of your site. I have a fragment of
information for your consideration. I was a pilot with the RAF and
had completed two operational tours between '54 and '59, overseas
postings both, with 87 Sqn at RAF Wahn and 151 Sqn at RAF Leuchars.
My next job was 12 months Admin at RAF Sharjah. As the result of a
football injury I was medevacuated to UK with a broken arm and
considerable consequent nerve damage. Eventually I was settled into
a looooong period of rehabilitation at (Sound the Trumpets!) RAF
Headley Court in Surrey. In '60 the unit was an RAF-staffed
hospital and rehab centre but dealt with members from all the
services. It is more than that now. My treatment was prolonged
but all the staff were dedicated, efficient and friendly, as well as
being successful. I returned to active service in '61 and flying
duties in '63. The Wikipedia site will give you more information.
Cheers, Peter Hart
all, good website. A lot of familiar names on here. Though due to
lack of brain cells I can't quickly put faces to them.
I was serving in SAS Flight in 1974. Living in Block 59. Served from
About Jan 74 till October 74. Working in Survival Equipment Section.
I worked mainly on my own, my working companion got casuvacedd back
to UK. I was a skinny, Ginger haired guy. Well at the start anyway.
Then hair got bleached and the ginger never returned! I would love
to hear from anyone in Gan at that time.
Currently I live in West Mids. Perhaps you could find yourself on
one of the many photos I have?
Looking forward to hearing from someone.
Best regards, days to do are getting few.
I thought you might be interested in this photo of the RAF Transport
crews who flew the supplies into Gan from RAF Katunayake, Ceylon
while the runway was being built. My father, Flt Lt "Joe" Douglas
is the one in the white flying suit and the plane is a Valetta. He
was seconded there from RAF Changi, Singapore for 9 months from
August 1958 to April 1959.
Don't know if the origination of the "Road Runner" on the tie is
known to you?
in 1969/70, one of the staging flights had a Flight Lieutenant
called Peter Nutt (no guessing for his nick name- behind his
back!!!). Peter went to Singapore on holiday and brought back a
large number of plain white tee shirts. We then printed on them S A
(a road runner in picture form) S F across the chest in large black
print. I still have one of the original ones. Since then the Road
Runner has been the emblem of we poor souls who served our YEAR on
story followed the beginning of those tee shirts. One night we had
a load of sailors came to the island (not unusual, you say) but this
time they actually landed and helped us to swallow a large quantity
of booze. At the same time the SASF boys used a bar at the other end
of the complex. One of the sailors was heard to complain that it was
very crowded in the main bar and it was suggested to him that he
would find it more comfortable at the boys bar, to which he replied.
I'm not going there it is full of SAS blokes and they are hard
that you have a picture of a football team showing all their
trophies. In my time there weren't any trophies and the SNCO`s had a
team which everyone nicknamed "Dad`s Army" but the still couldn't
I have a
great deal of memories of this Island and most of them are very good
ones. I was single at the time and single men were sent to Singapore
for their holidays where the married ones were sent home to Blighty.
My holiday is a story on its own.
this is of use to you? You can contact me at the above e-mail
address if you want to.
Cheers for now, Sam
Brown Sgt on SASF 69-70
Herewith a couple of photos of RFA Wave Ruler being handed over to
Gan. 1970. [Click on Photograph for larger image.]
found this slide from my time on Hittadu between, I think, Aug 1959
and Aug 1960. All I can remember is that a parade was ordered by a
departing sergeant and this is what he got !!!
John Mowbray ex J/T