Unsung hero vital to war victory

THE BOOK ‘Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories’

In an unassuming town in the English countryside in 1943, a New Zealander quietly made history by becoming the first female commander of a British spy base.

Until now, she has remained unnoticed by history, flying under the radar for 76 years.

Today, British spy agency GCHQ released details of her work as part of commemorations of its 100-year anniversary.Wellington-raised Pamela Pigeon, was the UK’s highest-ranking female spy officer and commanded a unit of radio operators who formed a network which played a pivotal role in sinking the infamous German battleship Bismarck.







RIP, dearest dad

You rest…whilst I “work” (for a change) + watch motor racing…still!
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IF (by Rudyard Kipling): If you can keep your head when all about you  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”

dad often repeated those words of wisdom to me a young boy
“slow learner” (very) c
RIP dearest dad

Craig's Quotes




(Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life…

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My father – a teacher, a driving force, an inspiration


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# Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera* in the “real world”, rather than in cyberspace!)
* By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

(get with the times now,”luddite”* c – it should be a smart phone)

* or so I was often called by my “my techno-geek” friend, Bill (“the gonk”)

“total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time) #

Who says men can’t multi-task!

Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

– Colette (nice name for a girl, btw)

All the best with your blog

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* not bridges (thank goodness)!

Well my family and friends say I’m “safest” just writing and sharing

Driven to share, uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire


Don’t worry about the world ending today…

it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Life and Life Lessons

Happy father’s day, first to my amazing ‘tatang’ and to all the fathers on the planet.

It is that time of the year when emotions are high in celebration and recognition of fatherhood, paternal bonds and fatherly influences.

While others busy themselves in holidaying their fathers, I am away from home and this is the best thing I know I could, using my craft, to spread the greatness of my father.

Well, my father cries a lot. This is true, he is ‘iyakin’. He cries when he feels overwhelming happiness or extreme sadness or drowning distress, who is not? I guess, he just gets easily moved to tears. In a society of traditional expectations about machismo, many people ridicule him for this although it is just part of his emotional package. It is his way of freeing those strong emotions. This should not be interpreted as a sign of vulnerability…

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Letter to my son: Tom O’Neil





Sound wisdom and advice from Tom O’Neill

Sharing, supporting, informing, enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, enriching, challenging, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring

(enough there for now, c)

Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.



For G and S

“Watching children grow
is like threatening the ivy
to climb the garden wall.
You wait for it to happen
you hurry it along with love.
But still you’re disappointed
at giving someone life enough
to walk off on your own
and not be carried in your arms.
You never turn your back – not once,
and yet one day they’ve grown apart
or taller.
It’s all the…

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Such is My Life, Remembered Love…

Sunshiny SA Site

Lost your loved ones, battling the days, feeling some what lost and nostalgic?  A family wedding had my emotional threads unravelling.  A rare surf through Facebook uncovered a post that had my heart soar, plummet and finally right itself as the threads tethered itself in remembered love…

Married at 21, having led a fairly sheltered world, as Mom’s friend and very much “my father’s daughter”, despite missing family, I embraced a new life as part of a bigger family, anticipating family bonding and another loving “Mom” in my mother-in-law. Sadly, that was not to be.  I was found wanting and cast out. With the resilience of youth and innocence, I fashioned a life for myself, made possible with love from my maternal family and calls to my Dad.  Everything that needed doing, although I waffled on to Mom, it was to Dad that I “connected”, the rare conversations became more frequent…

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Fair Play: “My son, I’m giving you the ball…”

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“My son, I’m giving you the ball and naming you scrum-half for your team in the game of life. I’ve seen your coach, so I’m giving it to you straight. There is only one game to play. It lasts all your life, with no time out, no substitutions, You’ll have a great back-line and fullback. Their names are Faith, Hope, Charity, Love, Peace and Commitment.

Your forwards are a powerful pack, too. They are Honesty, Loyalty and Duty; Self-respect and Discipline; Dignity and Courage; and Enthusiasm.

God is the referee and sole official. He makes all the rules. Some call them the Ten Commandments. Play according to them. Try to help your teammates do the same.

So: here is the ball. It is called your soul. Pick it up and run with it, and let’s see what you can do. Remember, don’t go offside, and don’t kick away possession. Also remember that life is a game to be played for enjoyment. Nobody expects anything more than your personal best, have fun.

Finally, whether you win, lose or draw, you will always be my man, and I will always be your fan. Go for it!”

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Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad!





“Man is mind

and evermore he takes the tool of thought
and, shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret
and it comes to pass –
Environment is but his looking glass.”
– anon

Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad



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