WE HAVE BERKSHIRE on our travel map but not because it's a travel mecca. Berkshire holds some memories for me and represents a place on the timeline of my life where I worked on the opposite side of the fence from John Handelaar. Today, we both blog in Irish space. Back then, we were anonymous faces in the Greenham Common crowd. In fact, I spent a fair few hours trundling around in little boxes like the one on the right.
John opposed the nuclear armaments stored at RAF Greenham Common. I was part of a team that brought 96 special weapons (Air Force terminology) into Greenham and later, I arranged for their removal from England. When I rotated from flying the weapons to controlling the missions, I learned some things that BBC Radio 4 broadcast at 8 PM on Monday 16 July. I learned that UK government scientists had told the Thatcher government that major safety concerns existed with the deployment of intermediate range nuclear weaponry near a densely populated area.