East Grinstead

Anecdotes from John Wells

OR TALES FROM A MISSPENT YOUTH?
As a primary school pupil I had already earned the monicker "Prof Wells" by the age of nine. I was always fascinated by finding out how things work. My father - a secondary school deputy head - was a somewhat remote person that I rather feared, as he had strict Edwardian values, and whatever he said was law in our house.
Dad's hobby was Amateur Radio, and I yearned to join him in it. We never played football or cricket and the only things we really did together was to build balsa wood model gliders. However Dad kindled my lifetime interest in Physics and Engineering by bringing home school textbooks, which I read avidly.
This cast the die for my future life. However the way was never totally smooth, as you may read with amusement if you cast a glance at a few little anecdotes:

Constructional education with my fatherStart reading here. An introduction to my life in DIY, or the sad but short lives of model planes
Supplementing my pocket money - and staying alive
A missed career opportunityOr why you really shouldn't mess with explosives
Electricity is a ShockerOr how I nearly managed to kill myself on two occasions
Adventures in wallpaperingLearning the hard way, or how to avoid a divorce
DIY central heating, building - and miceLoads of competence in DIY - Part 1
The Vacuum Cleaner SalesmanAn uplifting tale about Engineers and Technicians
Measure Twice - Cut OnceA concrete example of making sure your calculations are correct
My first carHow to pass the test in seven easy lessons - almost
The 5G ConspiracyA warning to us all about the real dangers from conspiracy theorists
Covid woe in GuernseyPride comes before a fall NEW