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"HERE'S TO REMINISCING"

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Snorkeling on any of the good reefs around the bays (most notably between the little island off Ghadir bay and the mainland; off observation point; submarine point and in and around the blue grotto).

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The beaches  and anything to do with the sea, swimming or fishing.

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The paddling pool Tarshyne beach (bear in mind I was 4 at the time.)

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Any place where there was a bunch of Aden kids;  the club,  pool and beach are all up there.

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Fishing at the end of the long promenade/jetty beside the Seamans mission

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My favourite place in Aden would be the rocks behind the old bungalows.  They were the first family housing in Little Aden.  The Family Pavilion was at the end of my street.  I used to climb up to a shallow cave at the top and sit and do my homework and look out over the town.

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The Swimming pool

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Snorkeling, in a group, off submarine point with Dave M, Adrian Meiras and Jackie Degg ( I think) when we saw a couple of sharks off in the gloom which were about seven or eight feet long (fisherman's tales!). One of the group panicked (mentioning no names - but not me) and made a dash for the shore making so much foam, fuss and bother that any hungry predators would have been immediately interested. I remember laughing so much  that I could not stay submerged and had to recover on the surface  with the other two also laughing, watching as ?? clambered up on to the rocks, now safe. Fortunately nothing in the sea was particularly hungry but it was difficult to persuade ?? to come back into the  water so we gave up and all went back home. It could have ended  somewhat differently I suppose but you don't think of that sort of thing at the time.

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I don't really have one except the day we left Aden last view was of the salt mills and lights.

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The journey to the hospital in an ambulance with no suspension after I broke my leg

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Falling into the sea while fishing. I leaned over to get a better look at a moray eel and toppled over. I've never moved so quick in my life.

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The wait at the airport to board the plane back to boarding school at the end of the holidays. Lolly pop specials full of children of varying ages. I spent most of the journey to the airport from Ghadir, over  the wadi and causeway to the airport in tears, wishing my parents would change their minds and allow me to stay.

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All I can think of  is the time my then boyfriend (later husband) drank too much at a dance.  He got very silly, threw an orange and hit Bill Deakin's wife Rosa in the head.  Then he left the hall and went to sleep somewhere.  My future brother-in-law escorted me home muttering embarrassed apologies.  Not really very bad.

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It happened in Egypt, on the way back to the UK in August 1964 from Aden. We were on a BOAC De Haviland Comet coming into Cairo Airport, as the plane crossed the Nile a flock of birds rose up in front of the plane and caused a massive bird strike. It knocked out 2 engines, the plane landed extremely heavily and ran off the runway. We evacuated in the usual fashion, everyone for him/her self and made it to the terminal

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The worst, the very worst moment was when I stood on the stern of the ship carrying me to Australia and watched Jebel Shamsan disappear under the horizon.  I had been prepared to spend my life in Aden but I had become too dangerous.  It was where I had gone to school, grown up, married and had a child.  A big part of my life.

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My 1st haircut with a cut-throat razor, wielded by the Greek lady hairdresser near the Rex café.

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The tinned butter we had to use one holiday - disgusting!

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The cave around the back of the escarpment above our house in Buckingham road. I was always a place of intrigue but in all the years I never went more than about ten feet into it....or as far as daylight penetrated. You always had the feeling that there was someone/ something in there watching you. It was a geographical/geological exploration tunnel from the look of it.

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Traveling along the cliff road seeing the broken walls and smashed cars in the sea below

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Going to the hospital to visit my dad who had broken his ankle in a tennis match ( my mum had just passed her driving test and the hospital road was steep with a hair pin bend)

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On the BP beach, the big raft. I was always scared to go under it. I don't know what I thought was in there, but it bothered me

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Surrounded by thousands of crabs after I sat down on the beach one night

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I once climbed the hills behind the houses (I think it was called the Asses Ears) and I was absolutely petrified of height.  It was something I just had to do but once was enough.  I was shaking like a leaf for about an hour after getting back down to earth.

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I remember the endless parties we held throughout the school holidays. Each one held at a different house. All very innocent, nothing more than "Spin the Bottle" and "Postman's Knock.

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I had a very scary experience walking around the cliffs by the sea watching the lovely coloured fishes swimming by.  There was a thin piece of rock with a groove right by the sea and I was balancing like on a tight rope to step across it when a sea snake reared up and plonked itself straight in front of me about 2 inches from my foot, just missing me, as you can imagine I was petrified and white as a sheet, my husband Brian did not see it and wondered what had happened and I could only point and he was scared too, we walked back to land watching all the time to see if it or another would appear but we were safe, it was only afterwards that I read that sea snakes are the most venomous and had it bitten me I would not be here telling you this tale.  Thanks for keeping in touch and I do enjoy reading tales of Little Aden, I did spend 6 years of my life there(1958-1964).  Heather Campbell(Pitt)

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I spent some great times  spear fishing with Jackie Degg around Ghadir Bay and Observation Hill . I never caught anything. The one day that sticks in my mind was our fishing trip to the refinery power station outfall . After a very short period of time Jackie's father appeared and told us to get out of the water. We then found out that this was the inlet to the power station water treatment plant.  We didn't catch anything there!

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Surfing off the beaches in Ghadir and Bandar Sheikh on our surf Lilo's or pieces of packing cases.

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Reading the arrivals page of Jottings to see which day our friends would be arriving for the holidays.

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