About my blog

The title of my blog comes from the fact that I spent 24 years in the Royal Navy, serving on Polaris submarines for 20 of those years.

Now I am back in the UK and recently started working with Babcock marine division, training in HMS Collingwood. There have been many adventures and changes of direction during my life. This is what I will be writing about and will hopefully prove of interest.

ALL comments will be gratefully received.

13 thoughts on “About my blog

    Alan Dixon said:
    February 24, 2012 at 21:26

    Hi Philip. It’s all looking good and in the order you want it to be. I look forward to reading the HMS Raleigh and HMS Collingwood memoirs a little later today.

    I think you have a handle on creating new pages in the order you want them to be in; don’t forget you can always add to any page later (a picture or some more text) by going to the page in question and clicking edit. This is how I do my Zen Diary page which is ongoing.

    Also you can explore options in the dashboard and (for example change the design, the colour, the appearance or add widgets etc (eg a ‘hits’ counter?). If you don’t like the ‘archives’ tab you can get rid of that and replace it with (for example) tags: China, royal navy, family etc and your readers can then choose to find things quickly that they are interested in – and so can you if you wanted to edit something.

    As you go on you’ll find you’re able to design individual pages and design them individually (an oriental theme for china, a military theme for the royal Navy). Explore the dashboard and don’t worry about losing anything because you won’t, try different things. And I’m always here if you need me. Alan:)

      Philip Bamfield said:
      February 28, 2012 at 09:59

      Hi Alan.

      Thanks once again for your interest, help and advice. Just getting it all down ‘on paper’ at the moment. I hope to add loads of pictures etc once I am back in the same country that they are!

      Been meaning to ask about the title to your blog. I cant figure it out at all???


    Alan Dixon said:
    February 28, 2012 at 06:56

    Hey Philip I can see you’re motoring on, it’s looking great. I’ve been on long shifts but will be catching up with your memoirs over the coming days.

    I meant to tell you (if you don’t already know) that WordPress have an ‘App’ that allows you to blog from your phone in case you can’t get to a computer. It’s very good and really useful although I don’t know what mobile you have or whether you have mobile internet in China. Just thought you might like to know.

    Alan Dixon said:
    April 18, 2012 at 20:36

    Liking the new style of your website Philip. It looks really good and goes with your theme. Alan

      Philip Bamfield said:
      April 19, 2012 at 17:06

      Thanks Alan. Its coming together slowly. Glad you like it.


        Alan Dixon said:
        April 19, 2012 at 17:14

        That’s the spirit Philip. I change my theme often to confuse my readers. Hope all goes bearably well for you in UK; thoughts are with you. Alan

    mick inshaw said:
    December 30, 2013 at 03:42

    hi Philip I run the repulse reunion web site may I put your story of life on repulse on the site.

      Philip Bamfield said:
      December 30, 2013 at 18:24

      Hi Mick. I would be really happy for you to use this on the Repulse website. Sorry, I havent managed to progress it for a while, but i will be. This will include my further dfarts to Repulse (both crews) finishing up as MCC charge chief before leaving RN in 1995.
      If you feel it has something to offer as it is to date, please feel free. I will also dig out all the pictures I have and DASO info.

      Regards. Philip.

        Chris Bussey said:
        February 4, 2018 at 03:44

        Hi Phil,

        Not sure whether to reply to you or Mick above. After many years of procrastinating I have finally joined the Submariners Association. I read your bit on the Repulse Website and names came streaming back. If you remember I took over from you in the forends…… We have other similarities in that I spend a lot of time in Asia being married to a Thai bird! Drop me a line it would be good to catch up.


        Chris Bussey

    David (Mac) MacLeod said:
    November 27, 2014 at 17:01

    Interesting reading especially as our paths must have crossed at various times in life. I knew your best man Paul Jackson as a forendy and in later life as well. I joined up in July 71 and after some time in GS was drafted to boats in 74 first Renown as a ford Stoker then Repulse S from 78 -81as ford killick, after a few years inboard NTD/AFD60 I returned to Renown as Wrecker2 until refit. My last couple of years were as a Bomber Ships Manager & I left in Nov94 as a CMEM (M) and then moved into the Oily Patch as it is known.

      Philip Bamfield responded:
      November 27, 2014 at 17:52

      Hi Mac. I think I do remember you from somwhere. Many thanks for your comments. Good luck.

      Regards. Philip.

    Jon Statton said:
    August 10, 2020 at 02:40

    HI Phil,
    We were both at Widey Tech Sch together at the same time and were both in “Taff’ Davis’s” class and I think “Bouncer” Spring’s too. “Ted” Higgins was our French teacher and my possessions regularly needed collection, down below – although some fell onto was it the metalwork room’s roof?
    I have a great many vivid memories of Widey Tech, the names of its teachers and pupils and of things that took place whilst being there. It wasn’t the school for me and I am struck by our shared River Yealm experience and our homes at this time – mine was close to the George Hotel beside what, back then, was the old war time aerodrome. We have both then appeared to have gone on to develop our ties with Asia and the Far East – must have been something to do with the school lunches!
    Do get in touch if you wish to hear/share more memories.

      Philip Bamfield responded:
      August 11, 2020 at 16:07

      Hi Jon.
      I must be honest, your name doesn’t ring any bells, but that doesn’t mean anything. A lot of beers have been imbibed since then! I would love to share more reminiscences with you. until recently I’m sad to say that I had NEVER managed to find anyone I had been to school with since the day I left. I have recently started communicating with John Sanger. Maybe you will know that name. I read a story from one person who could still proudly recite every name in his old class. I think the secret is to have an initial later on in the alphabet than mine. I used to switch off once they had done the B’s.


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