Grandpa Webb's blog

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Who is this grandpa? Tell us about yourself…

Grandpa WebbHi everybody, I am grandpa Chris Webb and I finished work three years ago after a life spent mostly tapping a keyboard – first on a typewriter, then a computer. 

It all started with four years as a trainee reporter at a daily paper in New Zealand. On my return to the UK, I got a job at a weekly newspaper, and then did a stint for Reuters covering boxing at the 1960 Rome Olympics (where Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, won gold). 

I later moved to a UK motoring magazine, and while I was there, I built two sports cars, one of which I raced in motor club events. I still hold an RAC competition licence and compete in a few speed hill-climbs in my 13 year-old Mazda MX5. 

When the motoring magazine relocated, I relocated myself to the Government Information Service, first at the Central Office of Information, then the Department of Trade and Industry, followed by Department of Transport. I did a short spell at No 10 Downing Street when Mrs Thatcher was running things, before moving to government regulators Ofgas, Ofgem and the Postal Services Commission. 

I am married to Grandma (Janet). We have two children, Steve, married to Lindsey, who have two boys aged two and five, and Sarah, married to Scott, who have two girls aged five and eight.  

Favourite films? A dead heat between the original of The Italian Job and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (I’m a member of the Shuttleworth Vintage Aircraft Society that preserves and restores early aircraft). Books?  I’ve just read The Hunger Games.

Thought for the day: It is said you can tell when old age has set in when a man becomes concerned about the condition of his lawn and joins the National Trust. I realise I have just done both…

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