Peter Hood (1922-2021) – A Tribute

My dad, Peter Hood, passed away in 7 May. This post is a combination of text prepared by my brother, Barry, for an obituary that appeared in The Daily Telegraph (ironically appearing on the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood) (the comments on the obituary have been particularly touching to read) and my…

The Avro Lancaster

On 7 May 2021 I was watching the first episode of the 30th series of the BBC series Top Gear. The main feature was the three presenters discussing and driving their ‘dad’s cars’ – not the actual cars themselves, but the type of car that their dad drove when the presenters were kids. It was…

HMS Hood

Today, 24 May, marks the anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood. Over 1415 men and possibly two cats were lost in the sinking, with just three survivors. Thanks to the shared name, I feel a connection to the ship. The Hood was the largest ship in the navy (a record it held until the…

Contents Tourism – USS Missouri, ‘the Mighty Mo’

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I would like to write about my visit to the USS Missouri, known as ‘the Might Mo’ in 2011. As I wrote in my ‘postcard’ on the International Journal of…