was born in Mombasa Kenya,
a former British Crown Colony in
East Africa of Sicilian parents and raised in the traditional Sicilian way with her sister and three brothers. She speaks three languages and was educated at the
Mombasa. She enjoyed her sport especially hockey at the Loreto
school for girls. As a young girl she enjoyed long train journeys with her
parents, brothers and sister across the African continent and travelled to
many distant places such as Nairobi, Tanzania, Dar-es-Salaam, Zanzibar and Uganda.
In the 60's the family home was Mombasa, Kenya. Whilst living there her father built
the film set for the producers of the film ASHANTI starring
Michael Caine and Peter Unstinov.
Mombasa Town Kilindini Road Tusks
The Film Poster
Silver Sands Beach - Mombasa
came with servants and Kilonzo, head servant, who was later trained by
Anna in the art of food preparation and cooking. Anna is a master
chef and avidly promotes healthy eating and Mediterranean foods.
She readily admits she enjoys cooking, experimenting with recipes and
has today a home library full of amazing recipes books. She
loves girly things, fashion, shoes and handbags. She has great interest
for music and loves dancing. When motherhood eventually
arrived in her life she became a very dedicated mother to her son.
She has watched him grow into a fine young man. Marco is a successful
business and financial analyst for a major "Blue Chip
cruise-ship company" in the UK.
In more recent times
Anna has travelled extensively from Africa to Arabia, Europe, Sicilia,
Cyprus, Mexico, Portugal, Italy and now back to Greece. During a visit in September 2009
with her husband she
successfully re-established contact with all her long lost family members and
relatives on the island of Sicily and including those on the Italian mainland.
She has continued this contact again during 2013 with her husband
resulting in another visit to this lovely country.
Today Anna is a loyal and
trusted individual employing her self motivation and multi-lingual skills in
world-wide export for a prestigious leading "Blue Chip" UK company trading successfully on to a global platform.
is of Greek and English extract born of a Greek
mother from Patras in the Peloponnesus region with a typical Greek passion for
certain things in life, strong convictions on matters of principal, discipline
and fair-mindedness. While fluent in the Greek language, Mike and his wife
made an incredible discovery just three years ago, he discovered his roots originate from the village of
Kiliomeno up in the hills of Zakynthos some six generations ago.
Mike grew up in the early 50's among the bomb sites of
London next to the Kennington tube station. He attended Keyworth primary
mixed school in his junior years. Mike later attended a famous school near
Streatham known as Tulse Hill Boys school before later moving to Surrey. Mike
learnt to fly while in the RAF cadets but later joined the Royal Navy. He is extremely proud of having served a former career in the
In addition to being an ex
trained boy and an accomplished yachtsman he was also a Royal Navy
trained navigator and ships diver. The mid 60's saw a young Mike onboard
HMS Barrosa (D68)
a radar picket and aircraft controller during the
MV Torrey Canyon incident.
part in a mission to assist in a tactical ex-pats retrieval from Logos, Nigeria,
He also took part in the British Forces withdrawal from the Yemen, Aden working ashore in the Crater
District on loan to 42 Commando Brigade.
In the late sixties onboard HMS Albion R07 he had the honour to serve under
Basil Charles Godfrey Place
famous for his role in severely damaging the prized German Battle Ship "Tirpitz"
during the second world.
also played an active part in
Tournament “Earthquake 69”
Court, London in July 1969 where he was later met and spoken to by Her
Majesty the Queen and H R H Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE.
In late 1969
during the Vietnam War Mike was 20 miles off the coast of Vietnam watching a
high level air raid. At 0200 in
the middle of one particular night, an American bomber aircraft mistook
Mikes ship for an enemy vessel and very nearly bombed his ship. The next day the captain ordered the flight deck crew to paint
a large Union Jack on the flight deck especially for American pilots. Mike
also served with
Commander David J Farquharson RN, in
HMS Albion (R07)
London and at HMS Rooke, Gibraltar, Lloyds Signal station and Tower
also served in West Africa, Nigeria, Freetown, Sierra Leone, East Africa, Beira
Mombasa, The Yemen, Aden crater-district seconded to 42 commando street patrol
detachment, Hong Kong Island and the HK New Territories, Singapore
Greece, Simons Town Naval Base, South Africa, Gibraltar and the Second Icelandic
Cod War. In early 1970 Mike ship was on patrol just off Beira, Limpopo
River, east Africa and was acting as guard ship to HMS Tiger where
discussions were being held onboard between the then British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson and the Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith over the
future of Rhodesia. The outcome of that meeting is now resigned to
the annuls of history. There is a book worth reading entitled
Great Betrayal by
Mr Ian Smith.
Whilst patrolling around Iceland in 1972
during the Icelandic Cod War Mike flew numerous sorties as
photographer aircrew in a Wasp
Pony 455) photographing Russian warships ( Cold War period) for the Admiralty at
permitted range. During one major documented event Mikes Captain requested
Mike act as photographer and correspondent covering a dramatic British Warship rescue of an Icelandic
100-ton trawler the
"MV Jon Eriksson"
which radioed an SOS in the north Atlantic. The vessel radioed it was on fire and in
danger of sinking in the cold north Atlantic seas. Mike's warship, a Leander class frigate
HMS Aurora (F10) skippered by
Rear-Admiral Sir Paul
later by Captain
Oliphant, a former captain of
went to the rescue at high speed and with the captains approval, Mike
provided photographic evidence for the MOD(N) and coverage to all UK
newspapers. During this patrol period Mike's son
was born on the 2nd October.
Some time later, Mike swapped places with an American sailor and crewed onboard
Charles F Adams
for six weeks during a NATO
COMSTANAVFORLANT exercise in the
Atlantic and Caribbean. In the mid
70's Mike worked directly for
Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse
as an analyst and interpreter and was based in Gibraltar at HMS Rooke.
While serving there, he also ran a water-ski training school. Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse
later became Commander-in-Chief Fleet during the
Falklands War between Britain and Argentina.
Late 76' Mike was ships company on HMS Iveston, a TON Class
Minesweeper. Mike also saw service ashore and around Northern Ireland.
survived several high speed crashes and jumped out of three separate
aircraft by parachute. He has travelled the world many times over by land and by sea and as far away
as the Southern Oceans known as the roaring 40's. On leaving the MoD
(RN) Mike worked in the Banking sector for The Standard Chartered Bank
PLC which gave him good business and underwriting sense with financial grounding.
Three years later he changed careers and went back to electronics believing his
skill set was better placed with VERO Electronics Ltd. Since then he has also been a company Director in
the marine environment for Mainstream Marine Electronics Ltd,
worked with Sky Satellite Broadcast, was privileged to work with many
famous people in the Yachting and Pop Music world and was the Technical Director
in the early 90's for the complete refurbishment program of all electrical, electronic
navigational aids and
communication systems of the famous yacht known as
"British Steel" .
This yacht was formerly owned by Sir Chay Blyth. "British
Steel" was later owned by the British Army, the Royal Artillery Regiment.
Mike also redesigned several other famous Pop industry and Corporate owned
yachts including the celebrated
formerly owned by Sir Paul
McCartney's film producer Aubrey Lloyd Powell. The MV "Evening Star of
Beaulieu" was a major motor boat project costing capital sums to refurbish. There are many other vessels
found along the south coast of the UK and in the Mediterranean Sea that he was
involved with. Being a former Radio Ham and HF specialist Mike played a vital
installation and support role for providing oceanic HF & VHF Radio
communications coverage with SatCom options for the TS
the international Volvo round-the-world yacht racing Ukrainian vessel
"Odessa" . As a result of these comm's improvements addition
the prestigious SV "Namaqua" and one of the fabulous and rare J Class Yachts known as
also refitted to provide much improved communication links to shore. Mike
was the only engineer to replace the VHF antenna at the very top
of her 100 feet mast.
Later in his career Mike and eleven other colleagues were responsible for building the IT infrastructure
and hardware known as the integrated mail processing system (IMP) nation-wide
for the Royal Mail.
Each individual Royal Mail system costing £1.6 million on behalf of
Germany. Mike admits some of the best engineers he's worked with were English
including his friends Jan Duamman of Leipzig, Germany. Terry Lawson in the UK and of
course, Matthew H Walker, Lt.cmdr RN (retired), his incredible best man. Mike has lived in Greece and
Gibraltar, worked on Hong Kong island & in the New Territories, Singapore,
Malayan jungle, South Africa, Cape
Town, Simons Town Naval Base, Durban and Mombasa, Silver Sands, Kenya.
Today he works in the Aviation world with a talented team of
engineers and covers the repair and calibration of ILS (instrument landing
systems) for all types of aircraft, voice and data communications equipment including a web based help
desk and as if that isn't enough he
looks after IT as well. Mike is resourceful, well disciplined, team minded and still a fun guy.
He loves flying so much he once built a full sized hang glider and flew it
successfully but admits he was later arrested and cautioned by an RAF Air Traffic Control
Officer for flying in controlled air space. He used water skis for the
undercarriage along a water strip until lift off. After several more successful
flights and perfect splash landings he later sold the glider to a serving
soldier in the Royal Green Jackets regiment. In more recent times a work colleague allowed Mike to fly his private
full sized glider and when a landing was evident Mike went cross wind and lined up for
landing aiming at the beginning of the runway. On the approach and
seeing a perfect alignment his colleague, who was sat behind him, remarked
you've done this before. Mike confessed he'd joined the wrong
mob........or rather, had he joined the wrong mob. Mike is a very
capable pilot although never took his PPL. He enjoys travel, flying, meeting people and also remains a serious
photographer. He is also a member of the MVSA Gliding Club...........Always
fly with a parachute and good radio gear.
2011 Mike was diagnosed with a male type of Cancer. He immediately underwent
some very aggressive Chemo Therapy treatment in Southampton General Hospital UK
over a period on 12 weeks with one week rest period between treatment sessions.
Today (March 2014) he is still in remission but continuing to recover slowly.
a former HMS Ganges trained boy at the age of 15, I was taught to work with my colleagues as a team member
or on my own and to always do the job to the best of my abilities.
To look after my mates and those close to me. To be resourceful using my
initiative and make
decisions on the move. The establishment I entered had a machine like
discipline and a rigorous daily routine. It was an exceedingly tough training establishment
with an long historical military prestige for young boys teaching them to be smartly dressed at all times, personal
hygiene, make-and-mend their own clothing and to be proud of their country and heritage
with loyalty to the
Queen. It also equipped
them with all the skills of life, leadership and personal survival. At the end of my
15 years of service life, it took several more years to adjust back into life in civvy
street where I learnt to be a work-a-hollick. and that money is King.
It is my opinion that the period between the
end of the second world war and up to the mid 1980's were probably the very best
of times for the Royal Navy
The RN certainly ruled the waves in my day. Any Captain I served under I
had great respect for. Since those illustrious days, we have all seen
successive British Governments and grossly over paid Civil Servants bowing
to the European self appointed
complicit in mismanaging and systematically destroying our Naval surface Fleet,
Air Force and most of our military Land Based forces by severely reducing
finance, man power and capitol hardware which could one day be to this
islands cost. We are an island nation Proud and British. Our Politicians
are infact re-enacting our leaders of previous generations as they did at the
start of the First & Second-World-War. This country was caught with its trouser down.
We must show
capability to strike with precision and determined force when required.
Perhaps politicians will one day themselves go to war on our behalf and fight
the good fight with the invisible
enemy. Lets see how they manage in their arm chairs at Whitehall whilst
their expense claim forms................And
to think...............We once taught all foreign Navies of the world how
to fight a battle................Look at the state our Royal Navy today !
they expect us to work with the French Navy!
What HEAD-CASE Whitehall
beaurocrat thought of that one.......The mere thought is ridiculous. Are
our leaders going Mad ?
Si vis pacem, para bellum..................If
You wish for Peace,..................Be Prepared for War
the dickens have our politicians done to our Country. ?.....................................
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