What follows is the first chapter of my book about the time I spent in
Malaysia during the 1960s. I am blogging the first chapter for your approval. If it gets some love and requests for the next chapter then I shall blog on. Most of the 52 chapters are short. Some funny and all true.
What can you expect from the following pages?
Some of my Malaysian memories from my time serving with the Royal Air Force military in the Far East Air Force while stationed at RAAF (Royal Australian Air force) Butterworth, over the time period 1964 to 1966. RAAF Butterworth was closed in 1988 but the base remains active under the control of the RMAF (Royal Malaysian Air Force) This project started one morning a while ago while I was thinking about items which I could write about to amuse the readers on a little section of a website to which I follow and contribute.
I'm just your standard guy who served his country and felt the need to get down in writing some of the lighter side of my memories of Malaysia while serving in the Royal Air Force. There will be no boring political ramblings from me, but I have added a paragraph towards the end to explain why we were in Malaysia at that time. Hope you make it to the end, and thank you so much for visiting.
During my 12 years service with the Royal Air Force I served a tour in Malaysia, during the confrontation period with Indonesia.
My base for the duration was the Royal Australian Air Force base at Butterworth on the west coast of Malaysia on the mainland opposite the Island of Penang. I started my overseas tour serving with the RAF (Royal Air Force) 52 Squadron for a period during 1964 - 1966. This squadron used Vickers Valetta twin piston engined transport aircraft.
Our Squadron was responsible for transporting passengers and goods around the South East Asia region and carrying out air drops to the armies of the participating nations and services. Malaysian guard and police personnel located near to the jungle borders with Indonesia. Mostly the aircraft would fly out of Kuching and the Island of Labuan to carry out these air drops. Labuan Island is situated 5 miles off the coast of Borneo adjacent to Sabah and Brunei. Kuching is situated on the Sarawak river at the south-west tip of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
After 52 Squadron was disbanded I was transferred over to SASS
(Staging Aircraft Servicing Section) Still based at Butterworth, there I would meet, greet, and work on a wide variety of aircraft from many nations, both military and civilian. It was a very interesting time in my service career.
After leaving the Royal Air Force in 1975 I started work at my local water treatment company and it was there that I finished my working life and now retired and doing the things I want to do and that includes putting down on paper my memories of my time spent in the Far East before they fade. It was during my stay at Butterworth and nearby countries that these short memories and anecdotes are written.
This version of the book will be the final one as now any more memories from some 52 years ago have left me for ever. All the original material is included and enhanced. I have also included a lot more material in this version and it is now illustrated with a selection of 52 photos from my own albums. Strange how the number 52 crops up in my writing. 52 Squadron, 52 years ago, and 52 pictures. If I can manage another 2 chapters that would also be 52. No way planned that at all, just the way it developed. I may have a new title for the book. 'The 52 Book' or maybe just 52. I also apologise if some sections seem a little disjointed. While writing I was having memory flash backs and really felt the need to get them down in writing before they fade away for ever.
So, if you are wondering what a lad in his late teens was doing out East in service to his Queen and country give me a shout for chapter two.
CHAPTER TWO Is titled 'THE JOURNEY' coming soon.
I hope you join me for a read and please comment. That way I know you crave for chapter two!
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You have decided to buy a framed canvas print from Lens2Print. It may be a reminder of a favourite holiday location.
A superb brightly coloured abstract to cover that blank space on that wall. Maybe a fantastic animal print?
You have spent ages deciding which to buy and when you have, your product is ethically and lovingly produced.
Now, how to care for it so it stays a worthy addition to your home or office?
Lens2Print only use 100% cotton canvas with a thickness of 340GSM (more about GSM later)
Canvas prints are mounted using wooden frames.
Now wood is alive, even though it's been a living plant, chopped down, processed and manufactured into a frame.
It likes steady climatic conditions.
Too hot and humid it may absorb moisture and distort.
Too dry may do the same.
What to avoid to keep that canvas in it's best condition?
Try not to hang it above a radiator or a fireplace.
It may warp or even burn.
Save that location for your mirror.
Cotton and wood are a natural absorber of moisture. So avoid hanging works of art in a bathroom, cellar or even a attic.
If by chance the canvas appears damp just move it to another room.
If it gets dusty, and it surely will in time never ever use any cleaning fluid of any kind. Oh no. Use a brush or a duster or try just blowing it off to start with.
All the above does sound a little bit of a off put, but with some gentle care your canvas should last as long as the Mona Lisa.
To show off your beautiful canvas picture at it's best, soft natural light appears to be best option.
GSM! What's that about then?
Lens2Print use 340 GSM meaning grams per square metre and is the metric measurement of the weight of fabric.
This weight and of cotton fabric seems to be one of the best choices for your chosen picture.
ADVANTAGES OF CANVAS OVER PHOTOS
. Photos under glass will suffer from reflections and spoil your viewing pleasure. Edge to edge canvas prints do not.
. They certainly weigh less then glass framed prints.
. Large print sizes are far more economical.
So there we have it. I hope you have been educated as much as I have regarding the care of canvas prints.
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That's my second Blog finished.
Any comments will be very welcome. Feel free to sound off.
What are we talking about here. A buzz word at this time used by many companies and organisations. What is it all about?
I have been studying this subject and have discovered it is such a large, complicated subject to cover and has many grey areas which I do not fully understand.
When it comes down to the final statement I would suggest what it means in four words is:
(Doing the right thing)
What is the ethical way to sell things? To supply a service or information?
Many a philosopher has pondered this and so far there is no defined answer, but, in recent years ethics and ethical has become a big buzz word and companies and the service industry have experienced higher returns through it's use.
Ethical marketing is less of a strategy and more of a philosophy.
It is not a hard and fast list of rules but, a more general set of guidelines for both marketing organisations and the buying public. All for the good of all parties concerned.
My conclusions are ethics or being ethical in its simplest form can be simple listed as:
1 Our rights and responsibilities
2 Recognising right and wrong
3 Moral decisions and behaviour
4 Living a good life
In four simple words...(Doing the right thing)
The plan for my next blog is. How to care for your framed canvas print.
Feel free to comment and lets make this blog worthwhile.