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  • Nicholas Rhea's Diary
    the atrocious Hell Ships We met and talked to veteran POWs and families who had lost loved ones remembering particularly one wee small boy proudly wearing his great grandfather s medals as he knelt to have his photo taken on an imported section of the infamous Burma railway These prisoners of war rarely talked about their horrific experiences and in fact were ordered not to talk They became the forgotten army and this weekend gave families an opportunity to remember their loved ones and to educate future generations in the hope that these atrocities will never happen again The events were organised by COFEPOW an association for Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War COFEPOW has a museum at the Arboretum and members can by arrangement search a database for information about individual Far East prisoners of war The link for this organisation is http www cofepow org uk This weekend was a very moving occasion for all and many tears were shed as we remembered all those who served in World War II and suffered so much on our behalf To support COFEPOW I am very proud to tell you that my daughter Tricia Walker has published

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    University badminton team Their brother Angus won a tennis scholarship to Millfield School in Somerset at the age of 14 and now at 17 was recently ranked No 14 in the National Under 18 tennis players Their youngest sibling Isobel is proving a gifted athlete excelling in running In my youngest daughter Sarah s family our eldest grandson Oliver 18 is at Saxion University in Enschede in Holland doing a computer course with special emphasis on web design His two younger brothers are waiting in the wings whilst studying for their exams at secondary school with one showing a keen interest in the theatre Their mum Sarah is now working as a freelance editor and keeps me on track In fact she published Benedict s Brother under the banner of Coppice Publishing Her latest publication is Julie Wilson s 37 Legal Ways to slash thousands off your Inheritance Tax Bill available from Amazon Our middle daughter Patricia author of Benedict s Brother is still working on her film of the book but it is proving a very slow process she now lives in Christchurch Dorset where most of her professional contacts live or work And our son Andrew continues his calling as a Buddhist monk in his hilltop monastery at Harnham near Newcastle on Tyne and has helped tremendously in my research into the Stiepeltekens of Enschede in Holland check my web site to find out what they are all about For me it has been a busy year trying to cope with changes in the world of publishing and of course I am helped enormously by Rhoda who understands the world of computers better than I My latest book Confessions at Maddleskirk Abbey is due out in the spring We managed a lovely autumn break in Suffolk staying at

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    a variety of gulls ducks geese and waders Best of all were the unrestricted views of marsh harriers as they hunted for prey The reserve is noted for two other dramatic species black and white avocets with their upward curving beaks are a regular sight They roost on the reserve and leave at dawn to go to their feeding grounds If you want to see them you need to get up early or visit at dusk Perhaps the king of Blacktoft is the bittern After being hunted as food having their habitats destroyed as marshlands were drained and then having their rare eggs targeted by collectors there is no wonder their numbers declined almost to the point of extinction However thanks to careful conservation numbers have increased and the familiar booming call said by some to be like that of a bull can be heard on many reserves including Blacktoft Sands We stayed for more than four hours fascinated by the sights around us On our way home we were held up for 45 minutes as Goole Bridge which spans the River Ouse was closed to road traffic A huge container ship was approaching it must have measured the length of a small street We got out of the car to watch as the pilot cautiously manoeuvred the bulky vessel through the narrow gap It was a spectacular sight and a first for us as it made its leisurely way to the Humber out to the North Sea and beyond Tomorrow we have a Danish friend and keen collector of my books coming to visit She wants to see the place that gave me the inspiration for my latest book Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey with Confession at Maddleskirk Abbey to follow I ll give her a guided tour of Ampleforth

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    was able to rescue the Registrar whose car had become marooned in a snowdrift The marriage was a Catholic ceremony and in those days one had to have a Registrar in attendance I arrived at the church to see Rhoda s father and brothers clearing a path and was particularly interested to observe the Registrar also wielding a shovel He was a retired police inspector who had been my boss when I was a raw young police cadet I recalled with amusement another wintry day during that time when he had instructed me to clear the snow from the paths around the police station I did so and reported back to him when I d finished expecting to be congratulated on my work But no he definitely wasn t pleased with my efforts and berated me Walker You ve not finished yet you haven t cleared the path to my front door I didn t think clearing the path to his home was part of my duty but I daren t object and back I went to do as he commanded So to see him clearing a path to the church door on our wedding day felt a little like

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    as a base and offered her services as chauffeur for the 300 mile drive to the south coast She has a splendid new car with Satnav and all mod cons so I didn t need asking twice So last Friday saw us motoring through the New Forest on a beautiful crisp and sunny day the trees magnificent in their autumn colours When we arrived at the rather swish Rhinefield Hotel there was a buzz of excitement about the place with photographers clicking and flashing their cameras at all and sundry After some introductions and preliminary drinks we were ushered to our table on the balcony of a huge Jacobean dining hall all a glitter with chandeliers and sparkling crystal The proceedings were much like any other awards event but we were immensely proud to be there to see Tricia receive her much deserved trophy The filming of Benedict s Brother is due to start in October next year some of it in York and some in Thailand Can t wait for it As you may have seen on my front page Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey is now available as both a hardback and an ebook Apologies to anyone who had to wait for their hardback this was because it sold out very quickly catching the publishers unawares However it is now back in print and I am anxiously waiting to see how this follow up to the Constable series is received If it goes well I ll get cracking on a second one I have a Pluke novel with my agent and fingers crossed that should see the light of day next year As they say Watch this space I m still writing my column for the Darlington Stockton Times can t believe it is coming up to its 37th

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    people In no time at all we reached Sandsend and let the boys loose to scamper along the beach They were like puppies off the lead When they tired of racing around we scooped them up and went on to Whitby for a bite to eat at the charming Vineyard Restaurant in Silver Street After that I took them through the old snickleways which meander down from the West Cliff to the harbourside As a young bobby stationed in Whitby I got to know all the hidden passages away from the tourist trail I showed the boys where the smugglers used to land their illicit goods from boats and transport them via a secret tunnel to an ancient pub higher in the town From the harbour we made our way over the old swing bridge along Sandgate where the boys bought their mum a little glass lucky duck from a craft shop There was a lively market in the square as we made our way to the bottom of the famous 199 steps After a bit of huffing and puffing from the grandparents we all made it to the top of the East Cliff the boys counting to make sure there were exactly 199 There s an elaborately carved cross at the top of the steps It is dedicated to Caedmon who was an uneducated cowman living and working at the abbey when Hilda was Abbess He is said to have had a vision where someone appeared in his sleep and asked him to sing to the praise of God Caedmon had always been extremely shy about singing but the vision gave him strength and he began to sing about the Creation From then on Caedmon composed and sang songs that inspired holiness in all the brethren at the Abbey

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    investment It would seem it takes even longer to get a film underway than it does to get a book into print However she remains steadfastly confident it will happen We have been a bit concerned recently about our eldest grand daughter Eleanor I mentioned earlier that she is at university in Louisiana on a tennis scholarship She sustained a shin splint injury which unfortunately developed into a stress fracture and she is off tennis for 6 weeks However she is not one to dwell on adversity and last weekend she hobbled off to celebrate Thanksgiving at the home of an American friend in Lafayette She s also had the opportunity to see some of the best American football players in action at the famous New Orleans superdome All new and exciting experiences that she will remember for the rest of her life Back at home in England her sister Anna is busy sorting out her own university applications and has received a couple of offers so far She is interested in pharmacy and is working hard on her A levels to get the necessary grades She has just had her first driving lesson I have briefly mentioned the girls brother Angus in a previous diary entry He is also a very keen and talented tennis player and took up a scholarship at Millfield School in Somerset in September He d never been away from home before but settled into boarding life remarkably well and loves it He s always been a very active boy and was often bored at school but now he says he actually enjoys going into lessons When he is not in class he is playing tennis all over south west England However he has not deserted his roots and will be back up here to

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    main road it is very tranquil and peaceful in the grounds There are several hides around the water so we had the opportunity to observe all the wildlife at close quarters Over the next few days we went to other nature reserves but also visited Sledmere House and walled garden did several walks along the east coast cliffs including Bridlington found a fascinating nature reserve at Nosterfield near Masham and even managed to fit in a theatre matinee at Scarborough Observing our rule not to do any cooking we treated ourselves to dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant expensive followed next night by a cosy supper at a country pub at half the price On the way home from the theatre we found a marvellous fish and chip restaurant and on the Thursday we had an excellent pub lunch at Sandsend By the end of the week we were getting a bit tired of the formality of restaurants and settled for a Dine In Meal from M S I can thoroughly recommend a homecation once in a while I d say the advantages are coming home to your own bed each night not having to keep to hotel routine and where rooms have to be cleared by 11 and chambermaids always seem to turn up when you re half dressed The downsides Well I couldn t really think of any I mentioned in my last diary entry that our eldest granddaughter Eleanor was due to go to America on a sports scholarship It was a wrench to see her fly off but she has settled in very well and loves it The regime is pretty intense but she has been able to keep up although the fierce heat was something of a problem The college is in Louisiana and in

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