A LIFE DIVIDED

(Quentin Bristow 1995)

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Prologue

CHAPTER ONE: THE WAR YEARS

The outbreak of war
Evacuation to the South Coast of Devon 1940
The "tip and run" air raids
The Home Guard
Living with the Threat of Invasion
Rationing
Return to the London area
Elementary and secondary schools of the time
Living with the air raids
The flying bombs 1944
Padding the rations

CHAPTER TWO: THE POST-WAR YEARS

Getting in to a Public School
The Labour Government
Newspaper clippings
The Curriculum
Nicknames
snacks and such
Music
BBC Radio
School for Scandal
Obsessions
Oxford
A National Foible
Death of a Monarch
Witch hunt in America
A Coronation
Cars and Motorcycles
The Fascination of Electronics
Rubbing shoulders with some Notables
BBC Television
London University - the degree factory
London in the fifties
A few days on the Thames

CHAPTER THREE: EMIGRATION 1957

First steps
The Suez Debacle
The Atlantic Crossing
Landing a job with the Canadian Hydrographic Service
Getting acquainted with the hydrographic ship "Baffin"
Field operations in Nova Scotia
A case of two Masters
All immigrants are "Noo Canadians"
Charting the Nova Scotia coastal waters
The first Canadian winter
Canadian Television
Time for a change
The job market for young people in Canada in the 1950's

CHAPTER FOUR: 1958 LANDING A SHORE JOB

Taking pot-luck
Adapting to a new milieu
Some technical background
Quebec Province and shades of Somerset Maugham
A Lucky Break
La Bicyclette
Quebec Province in the 1950's, an isolated and beleaguered culture
Television and its impact on the language and culture issue
Keeping tabs on the quality of Canadian armaments
The Strange Effect of the "Bridge on the River Kwai"
The Attitude of the Roman Catholic Church to a "Mixed Marriage"
A Vignette of life in prewar Quebec
Setting a Mouse Trap to catch a Thief
Living as a Quebecois in the late 1950's
Gun pressure measurement
Back to Ottawa June 1960
A promotion meant double duty
Lesage and 'Le revolution tranquil' - the politics of change
The "Deep South" before de-segregation
Some tricky photography
A better mouse trap
The McGill University Harp Project (HARP)
To Paris for a NATO meeting - Vive la difference
The "HARP" project with a new sponsor
The need for more scientists and engineers in government

CHAPTER FIVE: 1965 ANOTHER CAREER CHANGE

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL)
Nuclear radiation - some basics
Tuning in to a new environment
Computers circa 1965
Radiation Detectors - how they work
Riding the "Leading Edge"
Going airborne
A National Medicare system for Canada
British Cars
Some more airborne experiments
Expo-67; The Montreal Worlds Fair - a triumph for Canada
French Citroen cars - Les Belles Dames sans merci
The Airborne Gamma radiation Mapping System takes shape
Some Unorthodox Clients
Politics rears its Ugly Head
1970 Storm Clouds gather on the National horizon

CHAPTER SIX: 1970 - YET ANOTHER CAREER CHANGE; FULL CIRCLE

Earth sciences - geochemistry
Mercury - Mercurial indeed
An Eventful Field Trip
The Nixon Presidency self-destructs
A change in responsibilities

CHAPTER SEVEN: OPERATION "MORNING LIGHT", A DRAMATIC NUCLEAR EMERGENCY

A Russian Spy Satellite hits a snag
The Americans arrive to the rescue
Chaos in Edmonton
The Canadian Airborne Spectrometer ends the speculation
Improved Navigation makes life easier
Dealing with a data processing bottleneck
The media get the bit between their teeth
Setting up a Base Camp in the frozen Sub-Arctic barren lands
The aftermath of Operation Morning Light

CHAPTER EIGHT: ENCOUNTERS IN THE THIRD WORLD

Indonesia
Beijing, Caracas and Cairo

EPILOGUE

The dichotomy of allegiance
The transformations in Canada and England
The role of governments in science and technology
Population Pressures
Global Free Trade
Economic Growth and unemployment
The Penny is beginning to drop
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