compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
the publication of a piece on the Technology Page of the Financial Times,
following the launch of the BBC Microcomputer based Interactive
to arrange a meeting to discuss their potential educational use of same.
A visit to Acorn Computer in Cambridge was organised and I arranged to
meet the Aga Khan's envoy at his hotel in London for breakfast, prior to
driving him to a meeting with Acorn Directors, on the morning of the 9th
February 1983. Upon arrival, I was shown to his table, to be greeted most
respectfully, by a gentleman who was clearly disturbed. Tears ran down his
face as he then related to me that it was his responsibility to attend to the
well being of the Aga Khan's stable in Eire and that last evening, the now
famous Shergar had been kidnapped.
It was, however, "still important" for him to continue with the arrangement
to travel to Cambridge and be in a position to report back some more
positive news to the Aga Khan. Following a successful tour of Acorn
Computer and a demonstration of the Videodisc Authoring System, I
returned him to his hotel and wished him well for his dealings with
everything. As has often been my experience • with regard to the unforeseen
circumstances of events such as this • that they do not always conclude with
the most appropriate result, for a diverse combination of reasons; and perhaps
it was the lack lustre reception of the two Acorn Computer founding directors •
whose minds at the time were well entrenched in the Acorn Research Machine
project in the final meeting • which was at the heart of the reason why we
heard nothing further from the Aga Khan Foundation.
viewing potential sites for the building of an Interactive CD/DVD/BLU-RAY
manufacturing facility. It was as we had just completed the viewing of one
site and were leaving for a return trip to Dublin for the night, when, to the
sound of a workmen's radio playing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm
Looking For", we were told that one of the IDA cars had broken down and
arrangements had been made for our party to be shuttled to a nearby
railway station, to catch the train to Dublin. During a discussion with the
IDA representatives on the way to our destination, one of them out of the
blue said in conversation: "that over there is the Aga Khan's stud where
In Memoirs of a Racing Journalist, author Sidney Galtrey quotes from a letter in which the Aga Khan wrote "It was entirely due to Lord Wavertree and my personal friendship for him that I started to race on the English Turf. I would probably never have been known as an owner west of Suez had he not, during and after my visit to Tully in 1904, urged me to take up racing in England." Later on, this same influential friendship would lead the Aga Khan to purchase land and start breeding in Ireland.
Despite his relative unfamiliarity with the English racing scene, the late Aga Khan III was no stranger to thoroughbreds. His family had been associated with horses since 6th century Arabia, and his grandfather established a stud and stable in India in the 19th century.
As [IT] happens no further thought was diverted to THE IDEA of a plant in Eire
because a much better opportunity arose in an arboretum close to Belfast
Airport in the North, but alas having ticked all the boxes, the go ahead for
the project was established, to be then totally scuppered 'at the last fence'
so to speak, when a dumper truck driver crashed his vehicle though the wall
of Philips Clean Air Development Centre and damaged all of the unique set of
specialised video recording equipment available, that was essential to the
go ahead and success of the project.
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