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Hello - welcome to the "New Look" Web World!   Bear with me as these pages are in the process of reconstruction! Contained within these pages are details of my family and myself and our life over here in England.   We live in the South East of England in Outer London not far from where we were both born (and certainly where Tanya was born!).  I was a Systems Analyst with the Ford Motor Company, specializing in Web development, Oracle Databases and Bespoke Software applications, and worked for the company for 30+ years but am now unemployed as my work was moved off-shore.  Val is an Admin Assistant and works at Tanyas old Primary school in the Schools general office.  I used to act as a Parent Governor for the same school - however when Tanya moved on to her Secondary school, Robert Clack in Dagenham, I stepped down. Curently I am in the last phase (dissertation) of a Masters degree in IT and am a professional member of the British Computing Society.

We are Jehovah's Witness's - Val from her earliest childhood and myself from choice over 14 years ago - and are associated with the Dagenham congregation.  Check out the link for details on our beliefs (no foot in the door on this one !)

Prior to becoming a witness I served for 5 years with the Territorial Army.  Initially with 215 Sqdn, 151 (City of London) Regt Royal Corps of Transport) V.R. then transferring to 21 Regt (Artists Rifles) Regt SAS (R).  I left 21 in Sept. 1979, discharged P8 due to the onset of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (please note - if you are looking for information on the SAS - you are in the wrong place!!   I signed the confidentiality agreement when I joined the Regiment and, unlike others , I regard this as binding until otherwise notified).   It was shortly after this I started developing an interest in Saab cars and aircraft - particularly the AJ37 Viggen.  What I wouldn't give for a chance to fly in one of these!!!!

Now in addition to the fleet of Saabs we have a 1968 Alvis Stalwart in the family - aka Little Maud - she's an FV-622 G.S. Cargo model - I opted for this one rather than the FV623/624 models with the on-board cranes as I felt the additional stress on the front wheels would be too much of a problem. Plus the only real use for a crane would be removing main components, at which point the crane becomes inoperable!! She was joined in 2007 by a Czech OT-90 (see the link for the details) as I always wanted a piece of tracked armour!! These two old ladies are the greatest fun to drive imaginable!! Alas both have a fetish for filling stations - they cannot pass one withut dropping in - usually to the consternation of the manager!!

Well - I hope you get as much enjoyment from reading the pages as I did from creating them.   Please come back often as these pages will be updated as regularly as possible!!

Claudia Con 2010

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The Car Fleet In this section you will find information and - for some - photo's of the different cars we have owned

Hobbies and Interests In here you can find information on the various sports enjoyed as well as my personal tastes in reading material, Science Fiction/Fantasy and other interests

Alvis Stalwart and OT-90 Information on the Alvis Stalwart 6x6 5 ton High Mobility Load Carrier - both general details and particulars of Little Maud - my very own Mk2 FV622 model. Also on the OT-90, the tracked IFV from the Czech Republic.

Saab's Saab cars - both classic and modern - are covered in here. We've owned a few now and feel they are the safest cars on the market.

Caravanning We are keen caravanners and at least once a month we will be out with our caravan for either a weekend away as a stress breaker or attending an organized rally with our friends from the on-line caravanning forum "Touring and Tenting"

Personal The start pages go through photo's of family and fiends, details of my career to date as well as our religion.

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