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Bringing together my closest passions, each with their own unique styling.

I introduced the uk4u charity intending to leave it online for the Christmas period however, as a worthy cause I have chosen to leave it here. The charity was founded to provide Christmas gift boxes as 'a gift from the nation' to all those serving in the armed forces overseas or in hospital separated from their family and loved ones.
The SOS unit to the right has some very unique ways in which you can show your support for our very brave men and women, separated from their families. Like the uk4u program they can help with the shoe box' scheme, but doing so at all times of the year. They have some very novel schemes including collecting used stamps, get well cards for the Medical Centre in Afghanistan encouraging people of all ages to help, the cost of a simple stamp can go a long way to supporting our troops.
I have also just updated the page adding references to the "Help For Heroes" campaign, another worthy cause.
I hope you feel encouraged as we have, and will consider contributing to the charities here.

A Real Worthy Cause Support Our Soldiers

Help4Heroes Shop

RNLI Rohilla Paintings

The Wreck of the Rohilla

Whitby Art Society was commissioned to produce a range of paintings which tell the story of the Rohilla's loss, they are now part of the RNLI touring exhibition. Thereafter a stunning book was produced which contains pictures of the 64 paintings. The book is available from the Sutcliffe Gallery http://www.sutcliffe-gallery.co.uk/ for £10 plus p&p with part of the proceeds going to the RNLI.

Whitby Lifeboat Station

Whitby Lifeboat Station

The UK has taken a battering of late, even so RNLI volunteers remain ready to take the call day or night. In other parts of the country the RNLI had cause to launch into extreme conditions, sadly with loss of life, please spare a thought for your local crew.

A very worthy cause

Whitby Historic Lifeboat Trust

The scene above presents the launch of the William Riley based at that time at Upgang. The former lifeboat now tours the UK raising funds for the RNLI and other worthy causes.

Ready To Dive

Whitby Dive Site

My diving website with elements from my diving career, with GPS co-ordinates and information for popular wrecks off Whitby.

A Cold Winter Morning

The Galleries

A selection of gallery pages where I have been able to present not only own photographs but also images belonging to those that have helped me when writing my books.

Mary Ann Hepworth

Mary Ann Hepworth

The former lifeboat Mary Ann Hepworth. Whitby's longest serving lifeboat and one with a ongoing passion for Whitby. The boat is still in use today as a pleasure boat running trips in and out the harbour.

Megan Armstrong

Megan Armstrong

Megan Armstrong, a child struck down from birth with a vicious malignant brain tumour. This photograph was taken some years ago now, and as well as one can expect, she has faced a terrible ordeal over the years.

My Proud Son Karl

Karl Brittain

Our son's parachute jump to raise funds for the Megan Armstrong Cancer Appeal. I was barred from doing another jump coincidentally as a result of my own tumours (though benign) our son Karl amazed us all and did us proud.

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Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler

The legendary international best selling author Clive Cussler and his shipwreck endeavours working out of Whitby Harbour.

Ralph Wilbanks

Ralph Wilbanks

Ralph Wilbanks, a side scan sonar specialist and advisor to Clive Cussler. A genial and amusing gentleman I enjoy meeting.

Ocean Dancer

MV Ocean Dancer

An ex trawler with numerous charters for Clive Cussler and many varied interests. I was so sad to learn it had been put up for sale, as it was such a comfortable boat.

Baltic Warrior

MV Baltic Warrior

The tug Baltic Warrior, an ocean going vessel built to withstand the rigours of Baltic waters. With the Ocean Dancer gone Clive  was forced to seek another charter vessel.

*** My Books ***

My First Book

My first foray as an author in my own right. Now out of print, it was nevertheless quite an achievement. This photograph was taken just prior to my first tumour surgery.

Lets Dive 1st Edition

Invited to tender as an author for a diver training agency, it was quite an honour to be awarded the commission.

Into The Maelstrom

My third book and the one I hold as the most dear to me. When I began writing the book I had no idea how much of a journey it would take me on or the wonderful people I would meet. It has seen me through some very serious health issues and one that I am most proud of.

Lets Dive 2nd Edition

The second edition of the SAA Club Diver Manual. This was the first of my books to make it into a second edition.
 
Since the first release of my 'Rohilla book' in 2002 I have continued to gather whatever research and illustrative material I could. It has opened up new avenues to study and been a fascinating journey during which I have shared many e-mails with family descendants. The information we shared provided the inspiration I needed to update the book.
It has taken over a tear to fully revise the book and no chapter remains untouched, in many ways it is more of a 'new' book than a revision. The second edition is a book full of revelations including for the first time an accurate figure of the casualties. With so much new material added the size of the book is three times that of the first edition and I am proud to say that it has a more personal aspect to it.

Epidermoid Brain Tumour Society

It has taken over a tear to fully revise the book and no chapter remains untouched, in many ways it is more of a 'new' book than a revision. The second edition is a book full of revelations including for the first time an accurate figure of the casualties. With so much new material added the size of the book is three times that of the first edition and I am proud to say that it has a more personal aspect to it.
My biggest weakness is finding the time to add more content to the 400 + web pages I presently have, something I hope will prove more accommodating in the future. I have been asked in the past about my website endeavours and what my personal background is, to that end the link in the photograph leads to the "Epidermoid Brain Tumour Society" website. I was asked to compile content for a personal page and my results are at the top of the page and is comprehensive enough to detail my background.

Epidermoid Brain Tumour Society

It is fair to say that I have had some problems to overcome and in many ways my websites keep me occupied, leaving me little room to dwell on my past. Having the brain tumours has meant some drastic lifestyle changes but I remain resolute that at least they are slow growing 'benign' tumours.

Search only this website and its pages

Please feel free to use the search facility above to search the whole of this website. The website has far exceeded my initial expectations I was monitoring the main pages but with the whole website monitored the statistics have risen sharply exceeding over 100.00. If I had a pound for every visitor I would be able to afford a dream trip to the fabled "Titanic", but not that my GP would ever sanction such endeavours.

Website Vists

I could not have designed and built this website without the support of some professional software and Internet utilities. I have added a page with links and some brief information and hope you find them as useful as I have.

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