Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Sad News

Received an email from a 5 squadron pal with the sad news that my pal and good friend Peter O'Callaghan who has been in a care home since early this year, sadly passed away yesterday afternoon.

I have known Peter since my days on 5 Squadron Lightnings at RAF Binbrook and caught up with him back in 2009 when he introduced me to the 2 Lightning jets they operated at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, so of course I got involved myself.

Peter lived in Louth as do I, and I often visited him to see how he was coping with his wife who had a stroke and him being a 24/7 carer. He had to pack in his full time job and was basically stuck in the house apart from an early morning walk with his dog.

Last year he broke a hip during a fall at home, and had an op to repair it, he suffered complications and contracted sepsis. A recurrence of his hip injury saw him back in hospital where we found out that he also had terminal lung cancer.

Peter was transferred to a care home early this year, where he was reunited with his wife who had a room 2 doors from his. Along with 2 squadron buddies we visited Peter regularly even managing to take him out for the day to a Lincolnshire airfield to a cafe, and also for a quick half pint at a pub in Wragby.

Slowly Peter started a decline in health and it was sad to see what was happening to him, he became very stressed as time went on and it was hard to watch him struggle. My visits eventually stopped as I wanted to remember him as he was, a happy, kind friend.


The funeral will be held on Monday 21st of October at 11am at Alford Crematorium, Station Road, Alford LN13 9LH.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Lockheed P3D Flight Sim

Been a while since I have looked at the Flight Sim, so loaded up an English Electric Lightning and flew a sortie out of RAF Binbrook and did a circuit of the Humber Bridge. Here are a couple of screenshots of the flight.



Monday, 2 September 2019

Gas Boiler

Today we had our Gas boiler annual service done, also cleaned out the filter (surprised how much silt it had accumulated. A New TRV valve also fitted. Brilliant plumber and very efficient. 

Monday, 26 August 2019

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets open day

Good day out although the heat was unbearably hot. Took a back seat and let the younger team members have a go at Starter crew, so spent the day meeting old buddies. For a couple of years I have been trying to meet Michelle Middleton at Brunters, with the promise of a famous biscuit, but for some unknown reason we have never managed to meet up. This time she tracked me down and of course managed to get a biscuit or two, so mission accomplished.



Starter crew for this event


Friday, 9 August 2019

Amy Wadge

After watching series two of " Keeping Faith" I was taken by the vocals of Amy Wadge, unique and what a talent, just had to google her details and listen to some of her many songs.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Louth Navigation Trust

Years ago I volunteered to re-write the Louth Navigation Trust website, it took a lot of hard work to revamp what had become a very outdated site. My briefing was that all the history pages should remain, but other than that basically a free license. I am still the webmaster.

2014 one of the Trust members decided to set up a Facebook page to keep up with the modern social media trend. The original FB page owner then left the page to a pal of mine who did a great job up until the end of 2018 when he fell seriously ill and with memory issues, has forgotten the page log on details. So my hopes of sorting out the page came to nothing.

I was asked by the LNT secretary if I could do anything to update matters, but alas I could not. Last week I decided to set up a brand new FB Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/478410456289005/  where interested parties could post pictures and update current canal affairs. I am still waiting for a volunteer to take on an Admin role for the Group, as I have enough to do without taking on new tasks.

The hard work of setting up the Group has been done, just waiting on someone to take on the Admin role.

Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...