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Almost HMNZS Neptune

HMS Neptune was a Royal Navy cruiser with a large compliment of New Zealanders returning home to New Zealand to be taken over by New Zealand. She was diverted to the Med and was lost off Tripoli with heavy loss of life 76 years ago. This is the story of the preamble to, and the sinking written by Jack Harker.

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A Story From Denmark

The ideal voyage to “kill two flies with one smack” was a 100 kilometre as the (eel-) crow flies trip round the island, not non-stop, but over a weekend.

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Navy Blue Ink

Use of fountain pen ink in the Navy was a lot more formal that I had thought……..

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Fountain pen that went to WWII

I find a 1938 Parker Vacumatic and follow its journey through WWII and then life in the hands of the manager of the principal producer of fencing products for NZ agriculture in the 50’s and 60’s.

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Tangiwai Disaster

Each Christmas Eve I am reminded of one of the worst disasters ever to befall New Zealand, Tangiwai.

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