Welcome to RockHeart

 

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There’s a million reasons why I love Gibraltar. Her beauty, her history, her people, her apes; how could I not love her apes? Is such a thing even possible?

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Some of my reasons come directly from feelings, memories and emotions which began when I was a boy of about 9 listening to my Royal Naval cousin Paul telling me tales of his travels; he’d been all over the world but his stories about the Rock of Gibraltar fascinated me the most.

In the mind of a little boy the idea of a massive rock with apes on it was awesome – ‘…what…and people live there too?’
I knew then that I would join the Royal Navy and I would see the world, especially this Rock of Gibraltar with its apes.

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Other reasons connect to when I was a teenager in 1974 (serving in the Royal Navy) and saw the Rock for the very first time from a warship and then later when I was fortunate to live there with my family in the late seventies. Recently, in 2016, I realised an absolute dream and finally returned to the Rock after an absence of forty years and to say I was nervous doesn’t come close.

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I’m not the most skilled writer but for me that isn’t important; my memoirs tend to be a collection of anecdotes strung together over a theme and in this case over most of my lifetime. My aim is just to write my story and touch on some of those million reasons I love Gibraltar because when I write, I’m there.

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