Spitfire Troubadour

School was a failure, but later on learning the joys and hazards of life during five war years in the RAF was a good grounding…but for what? Was it for serenading ladies on their balconies in Italy with a guitar? Or making his first appearance on TV in 1946 playing a home-made pipe? Or addressing an audience of 5000 at the Albert Hall? Perhaps for meeting and shaking hands with Sir Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, King George VI and Roy Rogers. Or having his first sex in a whorehouse in Georgia with a College girl for $2.00? … No no, that was part of the training! Being the skipper of a 50ft sailing trimaran on charter… Or being the guest on ‘In Town Tonight’ in Johannesburg? Being presented with Dick Van Dyke’s own chromatic harmonica when he explained that he couldn’t cope with it. Becoming the Master of Ceremonies at the biggest strip club in Denver, Colorado? Driving alone through four countries in Africa in a two-stroke motorcar or having ‘Alf Garnet’ for dinner and agreeing with him on most points… Offering his wife’s recipe for watercress soup as requested by Jack Heinz in exchange for his recipe for baked beans… Renting his school bus to Charles Manson? After being shot down in a Spitfire and later shot up by a firing squad, he is still walking around with a bullet in the back. It constantly reminds him of why we all went to war…to save our country from an invasion and to maintain ‘This Happy Breed’…as Noel Coward would have said. Returning to England after 37 years to find much of it is like a foreign country, he wonders did the politicians mess it up all by themselves? Was keeping their seats, their salaries and their power so important that they would sacrifice our country and sell us out for a few extra votes? As a pilot, he would say that they have put us into a spin from which it will be difficult to recover. ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘hats off’ to the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles who occasionally say what they are thinking!

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3 Responses to “Spitfire Troubadour”

  1. starflight Says:

    I gather you are not out to impress, but your life does. I would give my right or left testicle to fly that iconic machine the Spitfire, I have flown in a friends Mustang, but not the first of the real Hotrods; the Spitfire. I raced a Beagle Pup for a number of years, and have flown a jet. I have raced many yachts as a mere navigator( now a thing of the past) but I have not had indulged in the greatest orgy of throwing a Spitfire around in the clouds.
    with envy and Best wishes
    Terry.

    • tonysnell09 Says:

      Thank you for your comment Terry. As you may have seen in my book we shared an aerodrome in Algeria with a Mustang squadron.

      As you are the first to comment I would like to hear what you thought of the book in general and where I might send a few for possible reviews.

      Best wishes, Tony.

  2. tonysnell09 Says:

    For the British ‘Over eighties’

    If you’re not eighty years or more, and born sometime before the war,
    You might not feel deep inside that ever shrinking sense of pride

    In Britain, though it’s still called ‘Great’ now turned into a ‘Nanny State’
    By politicians, only there to line their pockets and I fear

    One must take anything they say is said just to prolong their stay,
    New ‘Nanny’ laws are in their sights on ‘Health and Safety’, ‘Civil Rights’

    And frying to woo the ‘Ethnic Groups’ while saving money on our troops.
    Let’s keep Great Britain pure and ‘Great’ for the ‘Health and Safety’ of our state!

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