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Back to civilian life Roger attended St Martin's School of Art and to earn a crust was selling Encyclopedia Britannica on the knocker in the evenings. With his new found selling experience on leaving St Martin's as a penniless artist he spent some time selling advertising space on commission only. The selling experiences he recalls were equal to a degree in lifemanship. Then a year as a deckhand on a trading schooner around the coast of Scandanavia.
Through a friend in the Army with connections to the Berry family who owned the then Kemsley Newspaper Group, he joined the Sunday Times. Overnight a Canadian entrepreneur Roy Thompson bought out Kemsley Newpapers turning it into Thompson Newspapers. Not happy with this new regime Roger with a couple of senior collegues went over to the Sunday Observer owned by the Astor family.

The swinging sixties were the great days in Fleet Street and the Observer, with the odd weekend parties at the boathouse of the Astor’s riverside mansion at Clivedon. When living in Bayswater he got involved with an arty set which used to frequent the Brush and Palette Club on Queensway. He got to know Stephen Ward quite well and his friend Christine Keeler. Stephen got unjustly implicated in the so called Profumo affair at Clivedon which eventually took his life. The whole thing got blown up out of all proportion Roger recalls. If it happened today nobody would even flick an eyelid.
Fed up with bedsits and apartments in Earls
Court and Bayswater, Roger bought a motor gunboat in Brixham, sailed it to the Thames, mooring next to Blackfriars Bridge on a staging owned by the Marconi Company. A convenient hop over the Embankment Wall to the Observer office just up Tudor Street. With the odd weekend forays across to France, Roger's gunboat became quite a well known feature within the Fleet Street community.

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