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Dedicated to the loving memory of Mum and Dad for giving us great moral values and a marvellous sense of family. To my loving wife Carol for giving me 46 years of loving happiness and bringing up three great sons. John, Mike and Mark, Thanks lads and girls for our six wonderful Grand Children, Alice, Gracie, Oliver, Oscar, Imogen and Harriet. Also thanks to Roger and Phillip for been such great brothers all our life’s and on our travels, not forgetting my loving sister Celia and brother Chris.

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Dedicated to the loving memory of Mum and Dad for giving us great moral values and a marvellous sense of family. To my loving wife Carol for giving me 46 years of loving happiness and bringing up three great sons. John, Mike and Mark, Thanks lads and girls for our six wonderful Grand Children, Alice, Gracie, Oliver, Oscar, Imogen and Harriet.

Also thanks to Roger and Phillip for been such great brothers all our life’s and on our travels, not forgetting my loving sister Celia and brother Chris.

When I decided to tell the story about our adventure in the 1960’s, I was asked by my brother Roger what I could remember about the 1960’s. “A Labour government, the Beatles, flower power and make love not war” I answered. However, this was not the right reply! I was being asked for my recollections of our travels to Southern Africa, Overland to Australia and many more adventures, during the 1960s. So, with google as an aide-memoir I set about recalling the 1960’s, I endeavour to set off on a trip down memory lane. 

After finishing my appretership has a Photo-Engraver/Camera Operator in the 1960s. In the next ten years, we the younger generation would shake off the post-war austerity and grow in confidence to ask if our lives had to be the same as our parents. Our travel years were part of this cultural and social revolution, and if there's one thing that has remained the same throughout the ages it's the essence of travelling.

Our travelling would present new challenges and new experiences, seeing new countries and meeting new people. It was about living life to the full and realising there's a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored.

and meeting new people. It was about living life to the full and realising there's a world of opportunity out there just waiting to be explored.

The 60's was a time of freedom of speech and independence, a time of cultural and social revolution, and the decade that made the young generations traveling very popular. 

I think a richer spiritual life and to shake off the post-war austerity was what started Roger and my-self looking for a better future. We initially set our sights on South Africa, a country that would provide us with a higher standard of living. 

About three years before we set out on our first adventure, Roger and I spent many hours over a pint of beer talking about places we would like to visit. I was in the last year of my apprentership, as a Photo Engraver and Roger was training to be a Tool Maker, and would finish his apprentership about 18 months later.

Mum had sowed the seed about 10 years earlier, when they applied to Australia, as a £10 immigrant, Dad refuse to go, but it didn’t stop Mum encouraging us to travel. 

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When I decided to tell the story about our adventure in the 1960’s, I was asked by my brother Roger what I could remember about the 1960’s. “A Labour government, the Beatles, flower power and make love not war” I answered. However, this was not the right reply! I was being asked for my recollections of our travels to Southern Africa, Overland to Australia and many more adventures, during the 1960s. So, with google as an aide-memoir I set about recalling the 1960’s, I endeavour to set off on a trip down memory lane. 

After finishing my appretership has a Photo-Engraver/Camera Operator in the 1960s. In the next ten years, we the younger generation would shake off the post-war austerity and grow in confidence to ask if our lives had to be the same as our parents. Our travel years were part of this cultural and social revolution, and if there's one thing that has remained the same throughout the ages it's the essence of travelling.

Our travelling would present new challenges and new experiences, seeing new countries