Happy Birthday HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast launched on St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March 1938. Since then she served World War II helping to sink the Scharnhorst, taking part in the Arctic Convoys and even D-Day itself. She later also took part in the Korean War and after a spell in reserve ended up being a museum ship to this day.

As a volunteer, I take great pride and privilege to be a Warship Conservation Volunteer and was fortunate enough to be able to setup my cameras for her special 80th Anniversary 6-inch gun firing which you can see in the video above.

The Exciting World Of Learning To Drive

I’m very excited to be starting my first driving lesson on the road to getting a full driving licence. I’ve been however forced to do it as quickly as possible for a special reason that I hope to announce in the future, but suffice to say, I need a driving licence.

For years, I’ve never needed to have a driving licence. Living in the inner most part of London, the transport and cost options within London are second to none. So much so I haven’t had much of an incentive to get a driving licence. But more recently it became clear that at some point to further my career and job opportunities, I really need a driving licence at the very least.

So for years I have been slowly saving up for a driving licence and now I am at the stage where I will need to just spend that money. In fact as it turns out, I’ve over saved dramatically and looking at my options, I could in theory get a driving licence with all the training materials, test costs and schooling costs and have left over money for the potential for a car.

I mainly would want to have a licence for a job, but I would highly consider the idea of getting a car just for volunteering at either Brooklands Museum or more probably at the Imperial War Museum: Duxford site. The advantage of this approach is that after a driving test pass, I could get a car and use the volunteering to further diversify my time away from work but also gain more driving experience. In other words, its a win-win situation.

I hope that I can get a licence relatively soon as possible, but I know it will take time and hard work to just get that massive achievement, but also it would be fantastic to say to an employer that I have taken the time, money and effort to make it work.