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Encouraged by his Art teacher he passed a national scholarship for Art school. But his parents believing that he would find it boring and just swan off decided in their wisdom that he should join a company of accountants ( friends of the family! ). He rebelled believing there were oceans to sail and foreign lands to explore which would never happen in a fusty accountants office, so he ran off with Sir Robert Fossett’s Travelling Circus.

It was a great life he recalls, but he soon felt sorry for the animals and got the sack for letting a cage full of monkeys go free. An irresponsible thing to do he admits in hindsight as they terrorised and old lady, stealing her washing and chasing her up the garden. Although he was pleased to report that all the monke
ys were safely gathered up.

He then worked for a heavy transport company night trunking up to Glasgow, well remembering the old Foden truck and trailer often steaming up when on the long haul up Shap fell and with a bucket having to run across fields to a stream for water. When loading in Liverpool Docks he tried to stow away on a cargo ship bound for Valparaiso in Chili as a crew member had told him that it was going round the Horn. Spending the night in a docks police cell.

The family owned a 36ft yacht of questionable age on which Roger and his Dad did many sailing trips together. They attempted to circumnavigate the British Isles, setting off from Deganwy in North Wales only to be shipwrecked on rocks in a gale nearly losing their lives off the notorious Ardnamuchan Point in the Western Isles of Scotland.

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