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Where the Topo section provides a factual account of events, recording how things were done, in locations and the people involved, this section, the "Observations" pages aim to reflect a few thoughts on those and as much contemporary events.

Survey Training

Leaving home

A few days after passing my driving test I left home in early March 1969. Leaving Manchester Piccadilly, changing at Birmingham New Street (it was new then and just as inhuman) and then heading south I was slightly apprehensive. I was a home-bird - what had I done? After noticing that the landscape had changed dramatically eg the chalk cutting at Winchester station, the train soon arrived in Southampton. Following the instructions I took a bus to Bitterne Park and digs at 20 Whitworth Road.

OS Llanrwst

Into the mountains!

The Llanrwst posting was an exciting opportunity: another beautiful part of the world and one that I knew little of and there was new training (for the mountains) on offer. I knew some of the people and it was the people of the srea who made the posting rather special. In the event I had two periods at the office in Llanrwst, a posting to Bala for several months in the winter of 1973/4 provided yet perhaps unique mapping experience.

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