Could you Write a Book? 


- A number of BT people have done just that and Published ..See below...



At over 400 pages, My GPO Family is a perfect-bound paperback telling the story of growing up, living and working in the Public Service of the GPO and BT between 1965 and 2016. Packed with an eclectic mix of personal stories, recollections, poems and thoughts of how the General Post Office evolved into the communication companies which serve us today. Visits and verbatim reports of the emerging heritage scene capture the essence of bygone days in a comprehensive, but easy to understand format. Although written primarily for those who worked in the telecommunication and clerical side of the business, during the 20th century, any GPO family will be able to relate to the ethos of the era. With more than 30 (black and white) illustrations/photographs, this book will take you on a journey back to a time when people proudly worked in Public Service.

It can be purchased directly from me via http://www.mygpofamily.com/

Posted 16 April 2017

Our Thoughts Entirely By (author) Roger Parr

Throughout the course of my life, I have written a number of poems and was fortunate to have been left my late father's unpublished work, plus those of my past best friend. It seemed to me, therefore, that it would be appropriate to amalgamate them in one book, in part as tribute to their memory and on a personal level, to leave a permanent record for future generations to read and enjoy. I have always felt that poetry should reflect one's innermost feelings and expressed in a simple, honest and uncomplicated manner, to enable the reader to share that feeling and thus provoke a lasting emotion. To that end, I believe these poems will appeal to all age groups as they contain a rich mixture of emotions - love, humour, melancholy - and thought-provoking themes, and trust that in time, this book will become a favourite companion.
Roger Parr
ISBN10 0722346026     ISBN13 9780722346020


About the author (2016) Roger Parr was delivered into this world by the then King's physician at King's College Hospital, London, at one minute past midnight on the 6th November 1942 during the Second World War. Had he been born on the previous day, he may have been christened Guy! Following the end of the war, Roger then moved to Ashtead, Surrey, which had a major influence on his life and where he developed his love for the countryside and literature. It was only a matter of time before he felt the need to write about his experiences and found poetry was the ideal medium to express his thoughts.
Roger started his thirty year career in telecommunications in LTR South West Area, learning U/G, O/H procedures and fitting all telephone types, PMBX and PABX switchboards and at one time was in charge of his local manual telephone exchange. After a move to internal construction, where he oversaw the changes from manual to automatic exchanges, Roger transferred to internal planning with responsibility for fifteen non-director, fifteen director telephone exchanges plus a few Repeater Stations and UAXs. Apart from liaising with RHQ in London, he then moved from the LTR/SW Area to THQ London and eventually head of a group working on state of the art systems, including System X, Call Logging and BTOSS. His singular claim to 'fame' was his design circuitry for the push-button telephone, which was adopted for use in the UK and replaced the former telephone dial and still in use today. He also invented “The Parr Barrier”, which was lodged as a patent with the BT Intellectual Property Group, a method to eliminate static electricity from harming exchange personnel and for the protection of sensitive equipment.


Please Wipe Your Boots

Author Background
Stanley George started as an apprentice engineer, and after a long career in telecommunications lasting 33 years, he retired from BT as Head of Human Resources for BT Networks. Interestingly the later part of his career was spent undoing the misdeeds of his earlier experiences!
Reflection on the humorous events that followed this career led to the memoir ‘Please Wipe Your Boots’. The chaos that was the GPO in the 1960s was not encountered again until Stanley moved to live in a small village in France. This is providing the ammunition for a similar irreverent account of French village life.
It is hard for anyone today to believe the laid back attitude that was a telephone exchange in those days and Stanley’s experiences will cause laughter but also some concern. However, there is no one better placed to tell the story.

Out now on Amazon Kindle & free to read with Kindle Unlimited
http://www.amazon.co.uk/PLEASE-WIPE-YOUR-BOOTS-Irreverent ebook/dp/B00V5C3Y7S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1431255567&sr=1-1&keywords=please+wipe+your+boots




David Helsdon, a veteran of BT International (Faraday, Wood Street, Wren House and Kelvin), published his first novel a few years ago, a comedy-thriller called SHAIKH-DOWN under the pen-name of David Gee and will publish another book in the autumn, The Bexhill Missile Crisis.


Shaikh-Down, which is available as a paperback and as an e-book, drew on David's experiences, not from his 22 years with BT, but rather those from his six-year secondment to Cable & Wireless in the Persian Gulf. In Qatar David moonlighted as a journalist for various regional newspapers, and in Bahrain he did some social moonlighting with the local airline, Gulf Air. Which may explain why his novel strongly features gold-digging airhostesses and their over-sexed Arab punters. A stewardess plays a vital role in the plot to overthrow the despotic Ruler of the imaginary island of Belaj during an improbable saucy bedroom romp.

"I like to think," says David, "that, long before the Arab Spring, I produced a ‘blueprint’ for would-be revolutionaries, but it is in a rather vivid shade of blue!"  So blue, in fact, that he warns that Shaikh-Down might induce heart attacks in some of BT's frailer and more demure pensioners! One of the book's comic highlights is a scene in which Eddy, the 24-year-old hero, uses his boss's wife's page-3-girl boobs to beguile the Traffic Police into giving him a driving licence.

This David Says, is exactly how he passed his driving test in Bahrain!


You will find Extracts from Shaikh-Down and other books by David on his website: www.davidgeebooks.com







David's Second Book Publication has been delayed but watch this space



David Gee (Helsdon)





Bexhill Missile Crisis



A former photographer in the Post Office reprographic unit at 2-12 Farringdon Road in the 1960s and 70s, cashed in his pension to write a book which is now published and he wishes to let colleagues know how he has got on.   He also asks if anyone has any idea of what happened to the in house magazine/newspaper that told our colleagues what we were up to. 

Press Release

New Author on the scene: 'Si Texen.' His first novel in two parts: The Promise

Tree. Intelligent, young, female travel writer, Dani Lace, by chance takes on the role of super-sleuth. In a world of ghosts, myths, legends and lies, where is reality? And when reality is finally found, where exactly is woman's place in that reality? Dani's revelations in Book Two are both moving and disturbing.

 Portions of the book can be viewed on Scribd.

http://fr.scribd.com/doc/132394840/The-Promise-Tree-Book-One Book One available from most e-bookstores worldwide: Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Apple; Kobo; Gardners; Scribd; Sony Be sure to buy from the retailer appropriate to your e-reader device.











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