I worked in local newspapers in Lincolnshire before joining BBC Radio where I spent more than 30 years as a reporter, presenter, journalism trainer, producer and news editor in BBC local radio and at the Asian Network national radio station, where I was its first News/Sports Editor and then Network Manager.

I have had a life long interest in aviation, especially the military aircraft that were developed and first flown in the 1950s and 1960s. As a journalist, I was privileged to enjoy many media facility flights and deployments abroad with the RAF. I also helped the commentary team at the International Air Tattoo before it moved to Fairford.


Butlins 1955

Hopalong Cassidy and Charlie Drake? And Dad`s the Camp Chaplain, right? And now I have been exposed as the baby crying in Chalet ZH10 as announced by Radio bloody Butlin last night during the grown-ups` Glamorous Grandma contest in the so-called Gaiety Ballroom when it wasn`t me but a lady friend dealing with a particularly difficult jar of strained prunes……………A quizzical MC muses on life at Butlins at Filey in 1955  (Chapter 3).

Tornado ride

G-suited and booted, a quick pose in front of a pile of mud before climbing in a Tornado F3 at RAF Coningsby in June 1992. Another Tornado can be seen in the background to prove it was Coningsby and not a fantasist on a building site (Chapter 22)


Awaiting the call from the Oxford AM team circa 1980. MC recovers in the BBC Radio Oxford radio car after vox-popping disgruntled BL workers at Cowley about their latest pay offer (Chapters 7 & 25)

MC Mr Magic

Magnificently moustachioed Mr Magic at his Maos Tavern – which he called The Red Arrows Tavern – near RAF Akrotiri on Cyprus 1988. More on his munificent generosity and a case of mistaken identity are played out in Chapter 21 (Photo: John Middleton)

M&D wedding

The Rev Wilf Curtis, a Clerk in Holy Orders from south Lincolnshire, marries Miss Sheila Smith, a teacher from Sunderland, at St Denys` Church in Sleaford on St Georges Day, 23 April, 1952. Wilf and Sheila went on to bring up four of us – Michael, Alison, Christopher and Kate.



Drummer, the Filey Vicarage cocker spaniel, returns from some serious investigative work at the end of the garden. Mrs Sheila Curtis gives him the `You Daft Brush` look (Photo: MC circa 1970).


Curtis family
The Curtis family at Holbeach St Johns in the early 1930s. Harold and Lillian have grabbed the deckchairs, surrounded by (left to right) Colin, Hugh, Wilfrid, Joyce and Mary.



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