A Cumbrian Lad (Google eBook)

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 664 pages
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A Cumbrian Lad is Barry Coulton’s fascinating biography, in which he takes readers on a journey from a small West Cumberland village to the Black Pearl pirate ship in the heart of the Caribbean. Telling the story of his exciting, action-packed life, Barry begins by describing his craft apprenticeship at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, offering inspiration to those who believe that apprenticeships should still be an integral part of youth development. Barry’s biography tells of his experiences at the Murray Firth Outward Bound Sea School and his pilot training with the Whitehaven Squadron of the Air Training Corps.At the age of 24, Barry gave up an aspiring management career to venture into the wilds of Central Africa where his professional life as a control systems engineer took on new dimensions and his astounding adventures began in earnest.Barry has travelled the world and in A Cumbrian Lad he describes the more unusual events in his life. “My biography is the inside story of the Windscale incident, the frightening truth of the Cuban missile crisis, the heroic untold story of a bomb disposal team at Royal Air Force Kinloss and the real story behind the Russian Putsch. All of my revelations give a new perspective on events that have shaped or profoundly changed the lives of many people in recent history,” observes Barry.Even in retirement Barry has never ceased to pursue new interests, from becoming a crew-member on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to becoming a pirate in Disney’s film trilogy Pirates of the Caribbean. In A Cumbrian Lad, Barry shares his adventures on both the Bristol Clipper and the Black Pearl.
  

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Contents

The Early Years
1
A Good OldFashioned Apprenticeship
25
Wear the Queens Uniform with Pride
50
Reaching For the Sky
65
Africa Here We Come
104
Living on Half a Loaf of Bread
129
A Tough and Dangerous Year
145
One of the White Tribe
171
Robert Mark Brett
239
Home to Blighty
270
European Job English Salary
284
Three New Relationships
318
Fall of the Russian Empire
363
A Russian Misadventure
385
Coulton Instrumentation
423
Copyright

Coulton Industrial
212

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Page xix - Friday's child is loving and giving, Saturday's child works hard for a living, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
Page xi - I reserve a very special mention for the excellent training provided by technicians and engineers at the Windscale and Calder Works of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, and in particular, I wish to acknowledge the help of Len Pearce, known to hundreds of ex-apprentices as 'Fruity'.

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