By way of light relief (possibly), I thought I would take a break from showing you some of the treasures from the large amount of glass plate negatives I have recently acquired. Here are ten things you didn't know about about Laurie Manton. It may be hard to think of anything interesting, but here goes!
1. I was born in Benghazi. It was then the British Military Administration - Cyrenaica.
2. I was educated at Broadmoor. For those who wonder what's interesting about that - Broadmoor was then the famous Lunatic Asylum for the Criminally Insane. My primary school was in the grounds of the hospital. Our nativity play was put on in the Asylum Theatre. I seem to remember there were mass murderers in the audience and I am sure that sort of thing wouldn't happen today!
3. I was once an extra in a Movie. The equally famous Wellington College public school was on the opposite side of our village. In 1963, a film called Tamahine was filmed at the college. It starred Nancy Kwan and I was part of a cheering crowd as she took part in the high jump. I have never seen it but it is one of my ambitions to do so. It was on television in 1983 and I missed it. It is not on DVD. I live in hope!
4. I once interviewed a number of famous people. They included Spike Milligan, the novelist Leslie Thomas, and the politicians Edwina Currie, Denis Healey and Enoch Powell. The latter still remains the most interesting person I have ever met!
5. The Imperial War Museum recorded my experiences for posterity. I went there three times and they kindly sent me a copy of the recording - it ran to 22 seventy minute CDs!
6. I was a war correspondent during the 1991 Gulf War. I was awarded the Gulf War medal and Liberation Medals from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and had two books of my photographs published after the war.
7. I was once an Aviation Archaeologist. I recovered the wreckage of a Second World War Beaufighter, and a Dornier bomber, to name just two.
8. I have led guided walks showing people how to identify Animal Tracks and Signs. Not a lot of people know that!
9. I tend to see things that others don't. That sounds a bit like the film Sixth Sense but it's not. By way of explanation, read the first post of this blog. Click HERE to save you a long search!
10. I attended a 'Learn to play the Ukulele' course in January this year. Now, admit it - that has really shocked you!