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Not a `Cool Facade' - (maybe) work-in-progress

2012 - Some bio-detail,  responding to a few correspondents who've maybe gotten the impression - from me trying to keep `Perceptions' dispassionate and impartial - that its editor is a cold and unfeeling misanthrope or misogynist
(a recent writer even accused me of `high morality').
Even so, it was a shock to realise, recently when starting this, how the influences of strong-minded women have predominated.
2014 - Could still seem `reticent' or `retiring', even to co-workers.   However, strong-minded women still have influence, esp. in sentimental, moral and social matters.


Thinking back, can see that a false impression of `reticence' or `coolness' could be due to a rather old-fashioned early upbringing, even for that period.  And that might've been compounded by (voluntarily) leaving home at about 16 or 17, to live in a bed-sit (one-room apartment), even though that was a try at expanding horizons - as well as seeking freedom from family restraints.

Due to that old-fashioned upbringing, had started work when still 15, at an iron & steel foundry (a somewhat dangerous workplace in those days), and might've felt limited / oppressed, if not for getting together with first real girl-friend about a year or so later.  She was 18 or 19;  i.e. about two years older than me, dark haired, elegantly pretty, well-educated, doing office-work while studying (classical) music, which all might've been intimidating, given the age difference, if I hadn't realized she was also rather shy.

Luckily we had a some interests in common - (some) music and (some) literature - and we could at least talk to each other.  Maybe she gave me an edition of Shakespeare - remember we'd talked about it.

Anyway, she would come to my place for an hour or three, sometimes bringing along her guitar - which she played well - to provide music (although studying classical, she liked to relax with Buddy Holly songs and suchlike).  Then, late at night, I would walk her home.

[She lived about a mile away in a much posher area - which was why she had to come to me; her mother wouldn't have allowed a `working-class' boy in her home.]

All that ended when a combination of events, and chronic lack of money, resulted in recruitment into the Army - while still in my teens - and being sent away; first for military and tech training, then to be `posted' to the Far East:  Borneo and Malaya; based in Singapore.

[At that time, recruits being scarce, a potential corps-soldier could nominate a personal choice of `first posting' and - as I'd enlisted mainly because the MSM (and JFK) told me there was a `war for democracy' that needed fighting in the Far East - I'd chosen to go to Borneo.]


Quick overview of military service, and a bit later

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To exercise memory (see below), might recall a few meetings with strong-minded women, as noted above
Initially, here's a window on the Far East and some Central American visits

Earlier and Later appearance - around those times - not always in those uniforms of course



Meetings with some of those strong-minded women

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Featured meetings with strong-minded women are from events which were more or less public knowledge at the time.
Factual details are accurate as recalled;  otherwise the narrative is `bare-bones' edited - those meetings & relationships couldn't happen in today's politically-rigged ethnic hatred.
More private relationships are omitted - to preserve sentimental memories.
We won't get very close to the present.


Youthful Orient

Sophisticated Orient

Western Friends
Western Friends 2

Innocent Africa

Europe - UK




Flashbacks - Myths & Legends


Field-work
Radio Wagon - newish Bedford         Austin Radio Wagon         Older Austin Radio Wagon
C-41 Radio Station
sledgehammer
[Try RELOAD each frame - Recall can allow additions]
Featured meetings with strong-minded women are from events which were more or less public knowledge at the time.
Factual details are accurate as recalled;  otherwise the narrative is `bare-bones' edited - those meetings & relationships couldn't happen in today's politically-rigged ethnic hatred.
More private relationships are omitted - to preserve sentimental memories.
We won't get very close to the present.

(Occasionally) WORKING HERE - MED/AFRICA, EUROPE, USA MIGHT BE NEXT

2012 - Personal recall seems to eventually serve up a `bubble', encapsulating many details around a requested memory-event; although its dimensions - and delivery time - can vary.
It's as if you'd accepted the offer of a friendly ether-visitor from Zeta Reticuli or the Pleiades, who'd organize your memory's rooms, cupboards and cabinets in return for browsing privileges.
Of course, being `ethereal' your e.t. friend's communications come through most strongly around midnight, or later.



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