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   my own story of two lives as generally juxtaposed to

   my journey of life was in[DEED] first established as a

   direct result of my passing the entrance examination 

   to Grammar School and IF there [IS] one singularly

   important thing that I have learnt [IT] IS that the

   Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's answer to the

   meaning of life is most definitely NOT 42 but 49.

   [IT] was of course because of knowledge that my dad had

   spent time in a Military Hospital in Alexandria, that

   certain seed had already been sown in my memory, such

   that during one of my many visits to the library, I became

   utterly fascinated with the story of the Great Library of   

   Alexandria [IT]self. 

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Comment by Michael Grove on November 26, 2020 at 8:46

The "Osmiroid 65" fountain pen was developed, chiefly for school children whose special needs for writing instruments had always been a matter of prime concern. A large range of nib units were made to suit right and left handed users and the several types of handwriting being taught, particular attention being paid to the Italic style."

... & so it was as a reward of merit that I received an "Osmiroid 65" fountain pen and the nuns at my primary school in the Archway, London, taught me to write in LEFT-handed italic handwriting - to the point where others took over to prepare me for my 11plus exam that gave me entrance to The Grammar School.


Among other things, that exam required me to demonstrate my prowess in english reading as well as writing … unfortunately by that time I had never read a book of fiction.

I was encouraged to read The Swiss Family Robinson & I used the formula of that book as a template to write my 11 plus english essay exam - in the context that Heathrow airport was an “island” and that in consideration of the fact that ...

no man was an island this self contained island was THE stepping stone to the world.


Comment by Michael Grove on November 27, 2020 at 7:35

The history of the Internet has its origin in the efforts to build and interconnect computer networks that arose from research & development in the  United States & involved international collaboration, particularly with researchers in the UK and France. My own particular understanding of Inter-networking was first established at the time of my introduction to the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network [AFTN] during my Air Traffic Controller training, as well as the fact that the very first two interconnected networks ever, were ARPANET and the NPL network following the National Physical Laboratory pioneering of the concept of packet switching. So [IT] was inevitable that having worked with DEC PDP/11s that my own proposal to utilise packet switching and internet working between adjacent Air Traffic Control Centres, by way of utilising DEC equipment, finally introduced me to DEC's Alpha development programme. All of which inevitably led to my implementation of the IDEA of an AlphaINDEX of in recognition of Muriel Rukeyser’s statement that...


         “The Universe is made of Stories, not of Atoms,”

          to provide a truly intelligent interrelatedness

          of knowledge and human experience.

Comment by Michael Grove on November 27, 2020 at 9:05




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