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This is Sir George John's House in Rome. Today this is the Nigerian embassy















The Sir George John House in Via Orazio as it was then and as it is now (hover mouse over the B&W photo to see the house as it is today (Now the Nigerian Embassy).

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Impossible DNA?

I recently paid for an extensive DNA update which in many respects closely matched the original DNA tests and later updates. What made the latest deep scan DNA tests more remarkable was the inclusion of Polish ancestry. Of course that could be simply glossed over and used as conclusive proof that our branch is indeed related to that of the composer. However, i should point out that all my research conclusively proved that we are not connected in any way to Frederic Chopin which leaves me with an imense dilema - could it be that all my research on both Frederic Chopin and my branch of the family are wrong and that the latest DNA analysis is correct.....

Allan Purnell ... this is a true story ... plus - more shocking revelations coming soon

On 15th December 1971, Mr Jones the cadet training officer for Houlder Brothers called the young apprentice at home and gave him joining instructions for his next ship. The young cadet officer reminded Mr Jones that he had promised him Christmas at home this year. He asked him to stand-by for further instructions. An hour later he called back with the exciting news that he was to join the ‘SS Clymene’ in Singapore on the 5th January. In due course the cadet met up with the other ships officers at Heathrow Airport and was surprised to see his best friend and fellow cadet officer, Paul, was not among the group…
…In the early hours of the morning of the 11th May 1972, while monitoring the radio, the cadet heard news of a collision between a British Freighter and a Liberian registered tanker the ‘Tien Chee’. A recurring nightmare alerted him to the possibility that this was the ship his friend Paul had been assigned, sure enough a week later the ‘SS Clymene’ docked at Wellington (New Zealand) and his worst fears were realised that among the entire crew, officers and passengers who died was Paul Hambly. The ship was the ‘MV Royston Grange’ a refrigerated ship carrying a cargo of meat and butter to the UK from Argentina. 40 years on and retired from the British Merchant Navy, that young cadet officer still sees the pictures in his head of that fateful day of the ship he had originally been assigned, but the one in which his best friend Paul died. Many years later in a frenzied and vitriolic attack, Alan Purnell accused that young officer of insubordination. At the tribunal it was an offence which neither he nor the tribunal had any concept of. The young cadet, having spent five years in the navy, felt better qualified to answer the charge of insubordination than a panel of impeccably dressed officers of the tribunal. He thought the correct information would be transmitted to the tribunal by his accuser, Alan Purnell and that this point would be rejected by the tribunal. The truth of the matter was that the order was countermanded by the Operations Director and thus negated the charge of insubordination (the OD is two ranks superior to the Area Manager). The tribunal should have been made aware of these facts and this would have been borne out by the witnesses had they been allowed to attend.

The name of the ship was the ‘MV Royston Grange’ and the name of the area manager ‘Alan Royston Purnell’, if that isn’t a sick twist of fate then I don’t know what is. The tribunal was the Exeter Industrial Tribunal and if you are looking for an impartial fair and judgemental tribunal then you will need to look elsewhere because this is not it. Allan Purnell stole from his managers and the staff of his managers. A control freak of the worse kind and a bully whose sphere of influence permeated all levels.

More true stories coming soon....

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