There hasn't been a 'Chief of Engineering' at the BBC since 1952.
The post was re-named 'Director of Technical Services' until 1956 and then 'Director of Engineering' (until 1993 when BBC Engineering was dis-banded and all the engineers moved to a department called 'BBC Resources').
Was your Grandfather Sir Francis McLean?
No, my gradfather was Arthur HEAL BBC Bristol.. The entire BBC Board of Govenors attended his funeral. He worked AT the BBC, he didn't do much work FOR the BBC. He flew on the first Filton Concorde (which was quite a surprise to one Wif Nash - a great uncle - with the exprress instructions how to down the beast it it headed East instead of West). Seven years in Iraq, seven in Afghanistan, four more in Latvia, Lithuaina and Estonia. During WW2 he ran the Danish resistance. He accompanied Dimblby (sp) into Bergen-Belsen and personally ordered the Bren-gunning of every NAZI on the Channel Islands. Private Shultz got sent home. My father got to spend a summer with a Private Schultz AND an SS Major so he'd know the difference.
Is anyone aware that Mrs Thatcher was part of the team that developed Whippy ice cream.So she wasn't all bad.
Strictly speaking she developed the process for adding more air to an ice cream mixture, allowing the "Whippy" style ice cream to be created. Of course you actually get less ice cream for your money, so *insert favoured anti-Thatcher rant here, I can't be bothered*...
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He flew on the first Filton Concorde (which was quite a surprise to one Wif Nash - a great uncle - with the exprress instructions how to down the beast it it headed East instead of West)
The maiden flight of Concorde 002 was from Filton to RAF Fairford.
RAF Fairford is about 50 miles east of Filton so those instructions were a bit daft!
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Sorry, wrong thread.
And suddenly your stand for civility on this forum is not quite as all-embracing as I'd imagined.
I was watching this movie last night. but added this to the wrong thread. Honest
Hmmm, dubious but.....spot on!
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At least the news coverage in Taiwan was suitably respectful:
"Former British prime minister Thatcher passed away"
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Like mathewpiano earlier I will also be raising a glass for tonight, happy in the fact that she has died. No respect for her or her policys at all. She destroyed far to much and for that she has a lot to answer for.
I didn't say I would be raising a glass. I don't believe in celebrating death. I said I had no respect for her politics, which is a different thing.
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She did prettty much nothing for women.
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Guess what he was told to do it it went further than Fairford.
You had to know my grandfather I guess. He took the family name through every kind of Sherlock you could throw at a man. He died aged 72 with just half a lung left, I was just 12 and on a Scout camp. An RAF WO1 scoutmaster broke me the news.. Quite fitting. If you're interested, Sopley, Hakf a mile from where I grew up.
My grandmother (RIP) told me I am the spitting image. Sadly all photos of the man are classified under the 100 Years Rule. Even BBC Bristol denies he ever existed.. Didn't stop the entire Board of Govenors showing up for his funeral though.
Per Ardua ad Astra.
My Flight Commander, Jim S, did three or four raids as a tailgunner in a B17 when he WAS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD. His older sister was "stepping out" with the real tail gunner.. John L will confirm.
I have had the privaledge to sit in the pilot's seat of both the RAF's Lancaster and the "Sally B"B-17. Have you?
I was taught to fly by an RAF Group who told me "if you can't land the effing thing you have no business being up here". Quite a shock after just 30 minutes in a Chipmunk and upside down at 100 knots flying down the runway at Hurn. Thankfully said John L was watching and unnderstood such things.
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Incidentally, I note that the song 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' from Wizard of Oz is currently sitting at No2 in the iTunes chart.
Wonder who (apart from Apple, obviously) will be making money from that? Sony, who bought MGM? Liza Minnelli via Judy Garland's estate? Or is it out of copyright now?
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Barack Obama, interestingly, said in his statement that she had "broken the glass ceiling for other women". Only in the sense that all the women beneath her were blinded by falling shards. She is an icon of individualism, not of feminism.
The above is a quote from the article in the link.
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It is lucky they have issued an apology and corrected their mistake:
They might have had a nasty shock to see her attending her own funeral!
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