From the Author
What do you do when you get made redundant? The most obvious thing is to find another job but that takes time. Sitting on a TGV train returning to England after a brief sojourn with the outlaws' in Poitiers, France, I wrote an aide-mémoire' of items to include in my book should I ever write it. I thought I may even get to about 20,000 words. That was in 1995 and I didn't really give it another thought. In June 2000 I was made redundant and had plenty of spare time. With my wife and kids away in France at the outlaws' for a week again, one August afternoon I sat down at my computer and thought I'd just write a little bit and see where it goes.
Inconveniently I got a job which, grateful though I was, got in the way of me finishing Notes from a small mind', and so it has taken me rather longer to finish than I initially thought it would. Nevertheless after intermittently going back to it I did manage the final push and out it popped, nearly 127,000 words later in early January 2002.
Why did I write it? I've no idea really, it seemed like a good idea at the time, perhaps it was a sort of catharsis for me? On the other hand it was a lot of fun reminiscing about the last 40 or more years and as I thought I had some interesting stories to tell, a bit of philosophy and opinions thrown in for good measure I thought it might be interesting and hopefully amusing too well you can be the judge of that. The vast majority of the stories are my own and are all true, but if I have borrowed from elsewhere I have acknowledged the source.
I have tried as best I could to make sure that technical details are correct, but I bet there's a mistake in there somewhere, so doubtless you'll let me know if you want to contact me then try email@example.com to save you postage.
I have written the book from my perspective of the events that occurred and these are my own opinions. In talking' to the readers I have used the second person singular e.g. you' rather than the more grammatically correct one' because I have no delusions of grandeur and I think it makes it easier to read. My style, if I can call it that, is as I would have told the stories verbally, but without all the hand movements thus there are some long, poorly constructed sentences in there for which I apologise, but then I only got a B' at English Language O-level and that was a retake. Be warned there are some rude expletives contained in the text I make no apology for those but please don't get all offended by them.
Finally if there is any political incorrectness (as if) then I do apologise if people are offended by any seemingly derogatory words at the time those were the words used and I was not going to change history.
Hope you enjoy it!
From the Back Cover
What do you do when you get made redundant? Obviously find a job, but that takes time, so why not write a book? On his fourth birthday Rob Sawyer received the Airfix kit of the Handley Page Halifax and thus began an enduring love of aviation.
During his life he has spent most of his pocket money on Airfix kits, the Civil Aircraft Markings', anoraks and latterly Avgas. Notes from a small mind' starts in 1959 with a Beau' (his father) and ends in 2001 with an Arrow. In between these two extremes are the trials and tribulations of plane spotting in the 1970's, being an adolescent in the Air Cadets and business travel for beginners