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Some short stories about my experiences in the UK & Africa.

 

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Chassis straightening in the 1960’s

December 26, 2019
If a truck with a severely bent chassis came into J H Sparshatts at Bognor Bridge, Chichester, it was one of my tasks to strip the truck down to its basic components. Thi...
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Roger and the Rolls-Royce

August 23, 2019
“It was the Rolling Stones”, “No. I heard it was either the Moody Blues or the Kinks”. “No. I’m sure it was the Stones, I’ve heard that Jagger has got a house somewhere d...
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The Apprenticeship

June 22, 2019
The Apprenticeship The system of apprenticeship was first developed in the later Middle Ages and came to be supervised by craft guilds and town governments. A master c...
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George and the Hippo

June 17, 2019
The Smith & Youngson Tannoy burst into life and rang out across the yard… "Bamba lo George Monkhouse, Bamba lo George Monkhouse" (grab George Monkhouse} “Buya lapa offi...
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Frogs, dogs and a cat.

June 16, 2019
The evening started with a trip from Mimosa, which was our Smith & Youngson bachelors house eight miles South of Lusaka on the road to Chilanga and the River Kafue. Myse...
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Malema shucks a police truck

June 10, 2019
Bwana Steve, bwana Steve, can you help me please? Indaba Malema, what’s the problem? Now Malema was a larger than life Zambian, about six foot tall and built like a, we...
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Breakdown on the Munali Pass

April 13, 2019
This photograph was taken by myself around 1967/68 My photograph shows a Canadian Kenworth horse coupled to a 36ft semi-trailer pulling a 15ft drawbar trailer known in Z...
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My desire for a Velocette Thruxton was strengthened in Rhodesia

March 04, 2019
When I was an apprentice diesel mechanic in the 1960’s a Velocette Thruxton cost around £420* which was was out of my price range so I had to make do with a Velocette MAC...
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The Hell Run

January 26, 2019
“The Hell Run” keeps fuel for Zambia flowing A report made in February 1967 The main route for fuel & oil supplies was a 1,500 mile (2,400km) highway from Dar es Salaam...
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The road train from Mpika and getting fired.

January 24, 2019
I joined Smith & Youngson in October 1967 and started my life in Lusaka, Zambia working on the Canadian Kenworth Tankers. I was later seconded to Contract Haulage which...
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The diamond merchants from the Congo

January 23, 2019
This story is a bit tricky to tell as it involves someone that his family may recognise, so I am going to call the key figure in this story Nev. (which is just two letter...
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The Diamond Smuggler

January 20, 2019
Dave was a quiet sort of chap, easy going but he kept himself to himself. It must have been around 1970 when he worked at the Smith & Youngson tanker shop on Chachacha Ro...
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Lost over the Congo

January 19, 2019
The Cessna 206 was known as the Sky Wagon as it had a large door on one side for ease of loading. Charlie, my Boss said that there was a broken down scraper* at Solwezi...
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Kanjombe and the baffled tanker

January 19, 2019
“I can do that Bwana Steve, let me do it please…” Kanjombe was jumping up and down in excitement hoping for the chance of being the most important member of the Team.....
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Little Richard

January 08, 2019
When I founded my previous company along with a business partner in 1983, I quickly realised that taking on a trainee, who could learn about the products would be an adva...
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