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
Posted 16 April 2017
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fortunate to have been left my late father's unpublished work, plus those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.
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
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
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,
Bexhill Missile Crisis.
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.
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.
David Says, is exactly how he passed his driving test in Bahrain!
will find Extracts from Shaikh-Down and other books by David on his
Second Book Publication has been delayed but watch this space
Bexhill Missile Crisis
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.
New Author on the scene:
His first novel in two parts: The Promise
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
Portions of the book can be viewed on
Book One available from most e-bookstores
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