Some Personal Reflections of an International Business Economist
Chapter 4: ‘And then the Lover’ (II): To University
4. ‘And then the lover’ (II): to university In March 1948 I left the Navy in style, taking with me a ceremonial sword borrowed from a regular oﬃcer, which I was to wear on my wedding day. I boarded an early morning London train from Arbroath, and disembarked about midday at York to go through a demobilizing procedure at a local army barracks at York. There, I was kitted out with a new suit, a raincoat, a trilby hat, two shirts, two vests and pairs of pants, a tie, two pairs of socks and a pair of shoes – all of which I could choose from a fairly wide range of items on display. With my new belongings neatly wrapped in a cardboard box, I resumed my journey to London, and then to my home in Mottingham. I had returned home after just two years and ten months of being in His Majesty’s service! ******** For the most part, I had enjoyed and appreciated my naval interlude; and I believe it helped me to become a more conﬁdent, resourceful and understanding human being. I am sure I learned from the roughness and discipline of my early experiences, just as I gained in maturity from the management skills and authority I exercised as an oﬃcer. I was rubbing shoulders with a wide variety of people from all walks and stations in life, and came to realize that, if you try and place yourself in their shoes, it is not di...
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