Week 43 : 22nd-28th October 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 23rd October 1967 – Charles de Gaulle became the first French Co-Prince of Andorra to visit his Andorran subjects. In addition to being President of France, de Gaulle was joint ruler (along with Spain’s Bishop of Urgel) of the tiny nation located in the mountains between France and Spain, pursuant to the 1278 agreement creating the nation.
  • 24th October 1967 – Israel retaliated against Egypt for the sinking of the INS Eilat by destroying two major oil refineries that handled 80 percent of Egypt’s capability for refining and storing petroleum.
  • 25th October 1967 – In Arcadia, Florida, all seven children of migrant farm worker James Joseph Richardson were fatally poisoned after eating a lunch that he had prepared for them before leaving for work. Richardson would spend 22 years in prison but would be exonerated after evidence was discovered that the children had been poisoned by their babysitter.
  • 26th October 1967 – U.S. Navy pilot John McCain was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. McCain had taken off from the USS Oriskany when his plane was struck by an anti-aircraft missile. He ejected and broke both arms and his right leg in the process. Local citizens saved him from drowning although some began to beat him before one intervened. McCain would be a prisoner of war for more than five years, turning down a chance at being set free early, before finally being released in 1973. He would later be elected a U.S. Senator and the Republican candidate for President in 2008.
  • 27th October 1967 – The Abortion Act 1967 was given royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, to take effect on April 27, 1968. The new law would replace an 1801 act that allowed abortions only if the mother’s life or her physical health were “gravely endangered”. Under the new law, abortions would also be allowed if there was a risk that the child would be born with, “physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”; if the mother’s mental health might be injured; or if, “any of her existing children might be injured mentally or physically”. For the first time, abortions would be available without cost under on the National Health System.

But all the excitement is back in Oxshott, where Gill celebrates her 10th birthday! (Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear me, Happy Birthday to me!)

Sunday 22nd October 1967 
Gillian’s 10th birthday.
A lovely day. I went to 10 o’clock service. Cyril has been slogging away at Philip’s room. I’ve been busy too – Gillian had Helen, Debbie and Janet to tea which meant some extra work.

Monday 23rd October 1967
Cyril got on with Philip’s room today. I worked till 12 then from 2 till 4 and I hope that’s it for this week. It’s been a lovely day. Mur rang this evening. I think she is relieved that we’re not going.

Tuesday 24th October 1967
Have enjoyed my day off! Cyril was up very early – at 6am and he was decorating by 9am. Philip’s room is papered and painted now. We shall put his carpet down tomorrow. Gill and I went to Kingston this afternoon – my first venture into Kingston by car – and my first multi-storey car park! We tried, unsuccessfully, to buy Gill a dress.

Wednesday 25th October 1967
Didn’t go out much today – only to the village. Busy washing paintwork down in Gill’s room. Joan rang.

Thursday 26th October 1967
Went to Esher this morning – the second lot of wallpaper not in yet! Children (and me) found Esher Library and so we were some time in there choosing books. Played badminton this afternoon.

Friday 27th October 1967
I was all set to do a lot of housework this morning – but Phyl asked me to take her to the Doctor’s and that took over an hour. Since then I’ve been on the go – had to dash into Esher for paint etc. – the paper still hasn’t arrived.

Saturday 28th October 1967
The wallpaper didn’t come so there was no need for me to go to Esher. Wet day again so I wasn’t sorry. Cyril has finally decided he won’t be able to finish this weekend – even if we had the paper!!! Baked cakes this afternoon. Gill went to Ashstead with the Leyshons and then stayed to tea. Played canasta.


Week 42 : 15th-21st October 1967

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Here’s what’s happening this week around the world:-

  • 15th October 1967 – Twenty party-goers in the Philippines were killed, and another 40 injured, when the bus they were on fell off of a bridge into the Nyyt River.
  • 16th October 1967 – Forty two people on a sightseeing tour of Buddhist temples in South Korea were killed when their bus plummeted off of a 40-foot cliff near Gimcheon.
  • 16th October 1967 – Born: Davina McCall, English television presenter, in Wimbledon, UK.
  • 17th October 1967 – The “rock musical”, Hair, premiered at the the Astor Library theatre in New York City. Featuring a, “multiracial cast of hippies”, and attracting attention with full-frontal nudity to close one scene, Hair became the first Off-Broadway musical to transfer successfully to Broadway.
  • 17th October 1967 – In the Battle of Ong Thanh, sixty-four soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 28th Infantry Regiment were killed and 75 wounded in an ambush by the Viet Cong.
  • 18th October 1967 – Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally supervised by Disney himself, was released.
  • 19th October 1967 – The American Mariner 5 probe made a fly-by of Venus, coming within 2,480 miles (3,990 km) of the planet’s surface. The data from the Soviet Union’s Venera 4, which had landed on Venus the day before, and Mariner 5, would be analysed by a combined team of Soviet and American scientists in the year that followed.
  • 19th October 1967 – The 1,700m long Tyne Tunnel was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II and opened to traffic.The tunnel runs between Jarrow and Howdon in northeast England.
  • 21st October 1967 – Forty-seven of the 190 men on board the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat were killed after the ship was struck by Egyptian missiles and sank. There were 143 survivors, 91 one of whom were wounded. The dead included the Eilat captain, Yitzhak Shoshan. Israel would retaliate three days later by shelling Egyptian refineries along the Suez Canal.
  • 21st October 1967 – Died: Ejnar Hertzsprung, 94, Danish astronomer who developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram for stellar magnitudes and determined the distance of Cepheid variable stars.

But here’s what’s keeping Peggy busy:-

Sunday 15th October 1967
Did a load of washing while the children were at Sunday School. Gillian went out chestnut hunting with the Leyshons. Philip and I went on a short ride round.

Monday 16th October 1967
Another filthy, disgusting day! It looks so miserable everywhere – wet leaves all over the place. Ivy came up to see if I was going to Keep Fit. But I’m not!! Vicar called this afternoon.

Tuesday 17th October 1967
Terrible gale force winds overnight and this morning. Cleared up during the afternoon though. Am going to Wives Club tonight.

Wednesday 18th October 1967
A beautiful day after a cold and frosty morning. Cyril was in town for lunch so I didn’t come home until after school.

Thursday 19th October 1967
Stormy again today. I went to work early, left here just after 8:30am. Had the afternoon off but went up to collect the bills to do at home.

Friday 20th October 1967
Last day mid Autumn Term.
Worked all day and have been to the launderette this evening. Quite an expensive do – but all is done and ironed now. Joan rang this evening.

Saturday 21st October 1967
Was in Esher early and have been tootling too and forth ever since! Took the children to Cobham first to spend Gill’s birthday pound from the Aunts. We eventually succeeded in doing that in Cobham. Terrible storm while we were there. Cyril has started Philip’s room. Gill very excited as she has had lots of cards etc.




Week 41 – 8th-14th October 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 8th October 1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara was captured by Bolivian Rangers. Only 17 guerrillas were left when the Rangers surrounded them in the El Yuro Ravine near La Higher. Guevara ordered his men to split into two groups and attempt to fight their way out but a bullet grazed his leg and he was unable to run.
  • 8th October 1967 – Died: Clement Attlee, 84, UK Prime Minister, 1945-1951.
  • 9th October 1967 – Che Guevara was executed following interrogation. In order to avoid the publicity of a trial, Bolivia’s President René Barrientos ordered that Guevara be put to death. Guevara was shot nine times with a semiautomatic rifle in order to support news that he had been killed in battle.
  • 10th October 1967 – The Outer Space Treaty between the United States, the Soviet Union, and 10 other nations took effect at a ceremony held in the White House. The parties agreed that they would not place nuclear weapons in space, and pledged to not establish military bases, nor make territorial claims, on the Moon or any other celestial body.
  • 11th October 1967 – The body of Che Guevara was buried in an unmarked grave at the airfield in Vallegrande. Prior to his burial, his hands were severed at the request of the government of Argentina, for comparison of his fingerprints to police records to verify his identity. The burial site was then paved over with concrete to build an airport runway.
  • 12th October 1967 – Cyprus Airways Flight 284 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea while on its way from Athens to Nicosia, killing all 66 people on board. The Comet jet was 13 minutes away from its destination when an explosion sent it plummeting. Traces of an explosive were found in one of the seat cushions, suggesting that a bomb was on board.
  • 11th October 1967 – The Bee Gees Massachusetts reached No. 1 in the UK.
  • 12th October 1967 – The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris, was first published.
  • 13th October 1967 – U.S. President Johnson signed and Executive Order expanding affirmative action programs in an effort to end gender discrimination within the U.S. government.
  • 13th October 1967 – The Royal Navy frigate HMS Brighton arrived at Gibraltar, beginning a permanent presence of British ships to protect the territory from harassment by neighboring Spain.

But here’s what’s happening back in Oxshott:-

Sunday 8th October 1967
We have had a busy day. Children and I to church at 10am. I then mowed lawns and had the children helping me pull out the bedding plants. This afternoon we’ve washed and polished cars. Feeling worn out. Bed at 9.30pm.

Monday 9th October 1967
Quite a wild day.  Cyril and I were up early – I did some washing before going to work. Very busy at the office. Went round to Penny Nairne’s after school and have been doing a bit of clearing up since.

Tuesday 10th October 1967
Phyl Stiles and I went to Leatherhead at lunch time – she to buy shoes – me – I joined the Leatherhead theatre club and bought a few odds and ends. Am hoping Fay (?) will come tonight with transport to take the old three-piece away.

Wednesday 11th October 1967
Miserable wet afternoon – I didn’t come home at lunchtime as Cyril was dining with and meeting his new boss.

Thursday 12th October 1967
It’s been a horrible week at work – so many problems. Played badminton this afternoon but only until 3:20pm as the children came out early – Harvest Festival.

Friday 13th October 1967
It’s Sunday now! Felt terribly tired on Friday – dashed off to Esher and shopped mid-day. Back to work after a very quick lunch – home and did washing and then baked all evening.

Saturday 14th October 1967
Doris and Will.
The children went with Cyril to collect Doris and Will. Doris is looking very well – she has had her hair cut and permed and looks ten years younger. We’ve had a pleasant day – lots of eating. Cyril took Doris and Will home about 7pm – home soon after ten – very tired he was.

Week 40 : 1st-7th October 1967

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Here’s something of what’s going on around the world this week:-

  • 1st October 1967 – Representatives of the world’s communist nations were invited to a celebration in Beijing to mark the anniversary of the 1949 communist government in China however China’s second-in-command, Lin Biao, gave an address that included, “rude anti-Soviet attacks and outbursts against the international communist government.” With that, the Soviet guests walked out joined by those from Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Mongolia and Poland.
  • 2nd October 1967 – England, Wales and Northern Ireland adopted a judicial procedure that was already in Scotland, allowing for jury verdicts by less than a unanimous decision. Thereafter, juries could decide a case by a 10-2 or an 11-1 margin.
  • 3rd October 1967 – Flying an X-15 experimental aircraft, U.S. Air Force Major William “Pete” Knight made the fastest flight of a powered aircraft, at a speed of Mach 6.72 (4,520 mph, 7,270 kmh). A speed record that remains unsurpassed.
  • 4th October 1967 – The cliché, “a bull in a china shop” was played out literally in the town of Chester, Pennsylvania when three steers escaped from a slaughterhouse and caused a considerable amount of damage to the china and other valuable items in a downtown jewelry store.
  • 7th October 1967 – Film actress Elizabeth Taylor escaped death by a matter of seconds while in Sardinia for the filming of the Universal Pictures release Boom!. Taylor had just stepped out of a trailer that served as her dressing room in the hills of the Porto Conte Natural Park, when the vehicle’s brakes and safety blocks failed, sending it plunging over a 150-foot high embankment into the Mediterranean.

And here’s what’s occupying our family:-

Sunday 1st October 1967
Children and I went to family service. Very large congregation. Have worked nearly all day – cleaning brass, washing, ironing etc. etc.

Monday 2nd October 1967
Went out to Leatherhead tonight to buy petrol and to try driving with lights – didn’t care overmuch for it but managed. Have also washed the car this evening but didn’t have time to polish it.

Tuesday 3rd October 1967
Wives’ Theatre trip 7:10pm
Quite enjoyed the Theatre. “Galsworthy, The Silver Box”. What a dirty night it was though – pouring, gale force winds – but I managed the drive home to everyone’s satisfaction.

Wednesday 4th October 1967
Very busy at the office. Mrs S and I haven’t had any time off this week and can’t see us being able to have any off!! Have been helping Gill with the stamps this evening.

Thursday 5th October 1967
Lovely morning – Cyril had to pick Ron up, so I took the children to school. Gave me a few minutes start at the office before the rush. Have been back this afternoon. Cyril has finished the plastering around the fireplace. Letter from Joan today – she says Tim is looking pale and tired. I do hope the boy is all right.

Friday 6th October 1967
Went to Esher at 8:20am and gave Ivy a lift. Then I went to the office. Was working until 4:15pm today and feel very tired tonight. The new bed and carpets arrived – we’ve struggled with the beds and Gill is now in her 4ft and Phil in Gill’s  3ft. We have decided to go to Andover on Saturday afternoon as we had a letter from Mur.

Saturday 7th October 1967
I was up early – ironing at 7am. Took children to dentist while Cyril went to Esher and ordered the paper etc. We then had our elevenses. I went to the village. Had a telephone call from Dave who had arrived home unexpectedly and we therefore cancelled our trip.

Week 39 : 24th-30th September 1967

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Here’s something of what’s going on around the world this week:-

  • 24th September 1967 – Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol announced Government Decision 839 approving Jewish settlements in lands captured during the Six Day War, starting with the re-establishment of the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. The decision came almost twenty years after the previous Kfar Etzion settlement had been destroyed and 157 of its 161 residents massacred.
  • 24th September 1967 – The Karisoke Research Center for protection of gorillas was founded in Rwanda inside the Volcanoes National Park by primate researcher Dian Fossey. She chose the name because the campsite was located between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Visoke.
  • 25th September 1967 – Seventeen children in the Mexican city of Tijuana died and people 574 were hospitalised after eating breakfast. Initially, investigators believed that the milk they had consumed had been tainted, but the poison was soon traced to bread that had been contaminated by parathion, an insecticide that had been stored in a bakery supply warehouse. Contaminated flour and sugar had been shipped to nine bakeries, which in turn distributed its products to retail outlets around the city.
  • 27th September 1967 – Canada broke with the United States for the first time over Vietnam War policy, as External Affairs Minister Paul Martin addressed the United Nations General Assembly, suggesting that the U.S. make an unconditional halt to the bombing of North Vietnam. “All attempts to bring about talks between the two sides,” Martin said, “are doomed to failure unless the bombing is stopped.”
  • 29th September 1967 – Speaking in Texas at the National Legislative Conference, U.S. President Johnson told his audience, “I am ready to talk tomorrow with Ho Chi Minh and other chiefs of state to discuss an ending to the Vietnam War”, but added that an immediate halt to bombing would happen only if he believed that it would, “lead promptly to productive discussion”, and that “It is by Hanoi’s choice, not ours, not the world’s, that war continues.” Earlier in the speech, Johnson gave his reasons for a continued fight: “I cannot tell you, with certainty, that a southeast Asia dominated by communist power would bring a third world war closer to terrible reality,” he said, “But all that we have learned in this tragic century strongly suggests that it would be so.”
  • 29th September 1967 – The classic sci-fi TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was broadcast for the first time, on ITV.
  • 30th September 1967 – BBC Radio completely restructured its national programming, with the inauguration of four new stations. Radio 1, introduced by its first disc jockey, Tony Blackburn, modeled its pop music format on pirate radio stations. Radio 2 featured music formerly heard on the Light Programme. Radio 3 adopted the classical cultural format formerly heard on the Third Programme. Finally, Radio 4 followed the talk radio and news format formerly heard on the Home Service.

And here’s what’s occupying our family:-

Sunday 24th September 1967
I was up first and did the veg before breakfast. Then went and picked a few mushrooms. Rob and I took David James’ coat to Bredon. Nasty, wet day. We four, Rob, Mag, Cyril and I went for a pre-lunch drink. We left Longdon at 2:40pm, home at 6:20pm. Nice to be home.

Monday 25th September 1967
Back to work! – and there is plenty of it. Lot of washing to do too. Cyril and I had a snack lunch and have roast the chicken etc. for our evening meal. Have had to do an hour’s office work at home tonight.

Tuesday 26th September 1967
Another very busy  day at the office – everything seems to be complicated and I was glad to get away at 3:45. Plenty to do at home too!

Wednesday 27th September 1967
Cyril and I had a half day and dashed up to Gamages and had a spending spree – bought a new bed for Gill’s room and carpets for both their rooms – and a suit and shoes for me – and a few odds and ends. Home at 5:20pm.

Thursday 28th September 1967
Worked until 12:15pm. Played badminton this afternoon – a bit better. I managed to get three games in. It’s been a beautiful day but is raining now.

Friday 29th September 1967
Wet, miserable day. Cyril wasn’t home to lunch so I went to Esher at 12:15. Did the bank and a great deal of shopping. Tired myself out. Mr. Trapmore brought round the fireplace pieces (a Claygate fireplace) this evening ready to start tomorrow.

Saturday 30th September 1967
We’ve had the fireplace put in today. Not too much mess and it certainly makes a great difference to the room. Philip went to Carol’s party. I took Gillian and Debbie out looking for conkers for an hour this afternoon. Played Canasta.

Week 38 : 17th-23rd September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 17th September 1967 – Jim Morrison of The Doors defied CBS in a live telecast of The Ed Sullivan Show, after initially agreeing to a request to alter the lyrics of their hit, Light My Fire. Morrison had been asked to change the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better”. Given that the word “better” did not rhyme with “You know that I would be a liar”, Morrison sang “higher” anyway. The Doors were banned from future Ed Sullivan shows.
  • 18th September 1967 – U.S. Defense Secretary McNamara announced in a speech to journalists in San Francisco that the United States would deploy a “Chinese-oriented” anti-ballistic missile system to protect against any threat posed by attacks from the People’s Republic of China. The first 22 pages of McNamara’s 25 page speech had been a policy statement that suggested that the U.S. would not deploy any ABMs, with the last three giving notice of the deployment, which led many to believe that McNamara was forced to change his speech.
  • 20th September 1967 – The Cunard Line cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched onto Scotland’s Clyde River after being christened by the monarch for whom it was named. The name of the new 58,000 ton liner had been kept secret until the ceremony. For two minutes after shipyard workers knocked away the timbers that had been holding the ship in place, it failed to slide down the slipway as expected, but finally began its descent amid cheers from 30,000 spectators.
  • 22nd September 1967 – Dissident Soviet writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers after a tribunal was held by the Union’s secretariat, chaired by Konstantin Fedin. The expulsion brought an end to his ability to publish his work within the Soviet Union.
  • 22nd September 1967 – The cruise ship RMS Queen Mary departed from New York City for its 500th and last time, leaving the Cunard Line Pier with a ceremony marked by thousands of people cheering and waving, and a performance by the 55-man U.S. Merchant Marine Academy band. The noisy send off contrasted with the Mary’s routine departure from Southampton, England, on Sept. 16th, when only a couple of hundred sightseers lined the dockside and music was supplied through the ship’s loudspeaker system.
  • 23rd September 1967 – Voters in New Zealand overwhelmingly favored a measure to end the limits that had engendered the “Six o’clock swill”, where bar patrons drank heavily after leaving work because alcoholic beverages could not be legally sold after 6:00 in the evening. The limitation had been in place in New Zealand and Australia since the beginning of World War One as an emergency measure. A previous attempt at repeal in New Zealand had failed in 1949.

But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 17th September 1967
Feeling sore – throaty and full of cold today – have been on the bed all afternoon. Cyril seems to have a cold too. A bright pair! Philip seems better. Wrote to Mur.

Monday 18th September 1967
Cyril coughing well. My throat is much better. Philip back at school. He’s looking rather pale though. Had to go and buy petrol then went to Penny Nairne’s (too crowded) and then to the office for an hour. Straight to Cobham after school to get Philip’s hair cut.

Tuesday 19th September 1967
Cyril at Leeds.
Came home from work for ½ hour to take Cyril to the station. Blustery sort of day – have done some washing and ironing –  also 2 hours work on the month’s bills. May have a day off tomorrow.

Wednesday 20th September 1967
Hairdresser 9.30am
Have been quite a devil today! Had my hair done then did a few jobs in the office – then checked the car and went off to Frimley. Only had a couple of hours there so just saw Greenie, Celia and Ernest. Home by 3.25pm.

Thursday 21st September 1967
Worked till quarter past one – Cyril rang me at 1.40pm to pick him up at 2.20pm so I took Alma to badminton then picked Cyril up. I stayed till 3.45pm – picked children up, came home and did washing – but it rained.

Friday 22nd September 1967
Busy, busy day!
Worked all morning and was late leaving at lunch time. Just made it before Cyril came home with fish and chips for our lunch. I did the shopping in Leatherhead and we set off at 4pm – bad journey and we didn’t get to Longdon (Gloucestershire – near Tewkesbury) until 8.20pm. Children very tired.

Saturday 23rd September 1967
Have had a good day. Saw Ted – he came over to Longdon. Dad came for the day. Rob and I took the children to Tewkesbury – I drove back in his A40. Children out in the fields until after one. We enjoyed the fete – our roses won first prize! Joan came over and stayed until ten-ish. Cyril and I took Dad home, Maggie came too. Didn’t get back to Rob’s until nearly midnight.


Week 37 : 10th-16th September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 10th September 1967 – The CBS television network censored The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in advance of the evening broadcast, by editing out the performance of Pete Seeger’s antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”. Seeger, who had been blacklisted from commercial television 17 years, had been allowed to perform the song before the studio audience but the tape shown on television only showed Seeger performing the song “Winoweh”.
  • 11th September 1967 – The unmanned NASA lander Surveyor 5 made a soft landing on the Moon in the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) and began transmitting information back to Earth. Over the next three weeks, it would send 18,006 images of the lunar surface, along with data drawn from chemical analysis of the soil. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 would land only 24 km from Surveyor 5.
  • 11th September 1967 – The Bee Gees Massachusetts reached No. 1 in the UK single chart.
  • 13th September 1967 – Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), specially designed for fighting jet fuel fires, was given its first public demonstration at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the U.S.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ewa Klobukowska of Poland, who held the world 100 meter sprint record, became the first athlete to be disqualified for failing a gender verification test. Her world record was taken away from her, however Klobukowska would prove her gender beyond doubt a few years later by becoming pregnant and giving birth.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ironside, starring Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound police detective, premiered at 8:30 pm on NBC.
  • 14th September 1967 – Batman began a third season on ABC and added actress Yvonne Craig as Batgirl in an attempt to inject new life into the series. In place of the twice-weekly episodes, the network broadcast only a weekly 30-minute episode that ended with the appearance of the following week’s villain. “Camp had been replaced by silliness,” it would be noted later.
  • 16th September 1967 – Vladimir Tkachenko, a 25-year old Soviet physicist working in the UK, was abducted from the streets of London by two Soviet agents. After witnesses saw him forcibly being carried into the Soviet Embassy, police from Scotland Yard intervened. Tkachenko had been drugged and driven to Heathrow Airport and was seen being put on Aeroflot jet, but the police stopped the plane from leaving and took him into protective custody. Two days later, after Tkachenko himself protested while in a psychiatric hospital, police returned him to the Soviet Embassy and allowed him to return to Moscow.

But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 10th September 1967
Busy day doing this and that. Have been instructed in changing the wheel of the car this afternoon in case  I ever have to. Hope I don’t! (I received that instruction too some years later! G. Me too! P)

Monday 11th September 1967
Went round to the ‘Clothes Line’ this afternoon and bought a few odds and ends. Was fortunate in finding two decent pairs of boys pyjamas – for Gill!! Mary took her test today but I haven’t heard the result yet.

Tuesday 12th September 1967
Worked all day today – just took ½hr for lunch as Cyril was out for the day. Went straight to Cobham from school to spend Philip’s 7/6d (37½ pence I think…).

Wednesday 13th September 1967
Poor Philip has coughed all day today and I very nearly sent him to school this morning!! Must have been sixth sense that made me tell him to go back to bed after breakfast. I went to the office till quarter to eleven and I have worked at home since then. Phil very sick this evening – but it’s done him good – got rid of his phlegm (oh yuk – TMI!)

Thursday 14th September 1967
Badminton begins.
Poured most of the day again – worked till eleven and then hurried home to Phil. He’s much better today thank goodness. I helped clean his (train) layout this afternoon and we tidied up a bit. Also did some baking and worked at home this evening for a while.

Friday 15th September 1967
Only worked till eleven and have only done an hour at home. Philip very much better. He dressed after lunch and has been playing quite happily. I’ve done all my washing and it’s drying.

Saturday 16th September 1967
I was in Esher soon after 8:30am and had a good start with the shopping. Philip still looking pale and wan – he had a nose bleed while I was out. Mowed the lawns this afternoon and prepared pastry and fruit for tomorrow’s pie – Sunday School is early so we shall have to look snappy tomorrow! Went to Cobham this afternoon and had a browse round buying birthday cards, nylons, sweets etc all by myself!