I always say the moment I saw the beautiful green fields of Ireland from the plane, well you can never compare that feeling to any other

“I remember going out with my first ship like it was yesterday. I spent 36 years as a radio officer in the Royal Navy. They paid me to see the world! I felt like the luckiest chap on the planet, aye? I often get asked which was my favourite country to visit, and I always say the moment I saw the beautiful green fields of Ireland from the plane, well you can never compare that feeling to any other. When the first satellites went up in the sky, that was the end of the radio officer, there was no more morse key needed, but as I said, I was lucky to get 36 years out of it. The last couple of years we were out on the Oil Rigs in the North Sea. It was very interesting and I would go back in the morning if I could. I spent my whole life being busy and working hard and this mentality never really left me. I’m not ready to retire just yet. I’m 76 years of age and I’m still working 38 hours a week. I do night shifts as a security officer in a building close by. To be honest I’m not planning to retire in this life anyway. I’m working towards the next one, maybe then I’ll take some time off.”