Last week saw me in Devon, for a number of reasons.
It also gave me chance to visit some of my favourite places.
Below: with Dianne, atop Hay Tor on a cold, but sunny, day...
And, for the first time in 31 years, I returned to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, and enjoyed lunch in The Wardroom, followed by a meander down memory lane. It was great to be able to wander round the college (a treat afforded by prior arrangement to all Alumni) without being shouted at!
Below: The impressive College frontage. I never took much notice of the architecture all those ago!!
The highlight was in finding our "class" photo in one of the corridors off the quarterdeck.
That's a 21 year-old me, front row, second from right (with cap at a jaunty angle!). Slightly slimmer, fitter, and more officer-like than today!
Remember it like yesterday...
Also remember the other guys in the photo as if we chatted only yesterday. It's amazing the comraderie that gets built up during the hardships of military training. These guys know me better than most in the world.