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Bryan Young

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An open letter, Bryan Young
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:40:02 pm »

This is basically addressed to those who might remember me.
I'be been adrift for a few years now mainly due to an incurable and degenerative eye condition.
Even though my eyesight is worse now, my recent purchase of an Apple iPad 2 Pro with the 13"   Retina screen has given me a new lease of life.
When I completed building the Admirals Barge (whenever that was), I'd already realised that my years of model shipbuilding were at an end. Soon after that, so were my car driving  days behind me.
Luckily, I can still open a tin of McEwans!
My interest in early to mid 20 th century merchant ships remains as strong as ever and so I'be been able to help out others (   Ashen asked)   with plans and so on.
But what to do with my models was the big question. But the first thing to go was my replica 1954 MG TF.
I pondered long an hard about the fate of the models. I really didn't want to sell any of them. Rightly or wrongly, I just didn't fancy them simply becoming a way for unknown people to use them as a means of making a monetary profit.
So I decided to simply give them away.
       Shortly after I made that decision I found out that Brian Chambers had become very involved with the new North Shields Fishing and Heritage museum. I was invited down to have a look. I was pretty stunned by the sheer professionalism of the place and immediately knew that I'd found a home for at least 2of the models. The trawler "James Cullen" and the Tyne ferry "Northumbrian". Things moved on from there and now Brian has custody of most of my other models that are now regularly exhibited in the museum.
    Similarly, I've given all my machines and tools to people who I believe will most benefit from them.
I feel very content within myself with these decisions. Regards to you all. Bryan Young.
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Re: An open letter.
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2016, 07:56:02 pm »

Great to hear from you again Bryan. I think quite a few of us wondered how you were getting on. I don't think we will forget your superb models in a hurry.

Really pleased to hear that your models are finding a good home where they will be appreciated in the years to come. I don't think you could have made a better choice.

Keep on with the McEwans!

With all best wishes,

Colin
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Re: An open letter.
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2016, 09:02:46 pm »

Well,well.....how nice of you to respond Colin. Apart from the already stated problems, there are ( of course)  those common to all 76 year olds! Still, we get by one way or another.
Are you still "connected" to "Model Boats"? Perhaps retired by now....the passing of another era!
Like me and the RFA ...it was another life happening to someone else.
Delighted to hear from you. Many regards, Bryan.
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 09:04:11 pm »

Similar best wishes Bryan from the other side of the world

I enjoyed that banter & dry why scalding sense of humour  %)

Am sure you will be happy that some of your models will now have the opportunity to be seen and shared with others

May the seasons festivities be enjoyable for you

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 09:22:29 pm »

It's wonderful to hear from you again Bryan, I also wondered why we hadn't heard from you for so long. I'm pleased for you that your magnificent models have gone to a good home, one where they will be appreciated and enjoyed by many.


My best wishes to you, and keep enjoying your iPad.


Peter.
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 09:24:40 pm »

Still doing a bit for Model Boats Bryan and even some model making.

Other priority is doing a bit of travelling while we still can - two weeks driving round Nova Scotia this year plus  trips to Greece and Holland.

Colin
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2016, 09:32:12 pm »

Absoloutly wonderfull to hear from you Brian...Keep smiling and opening those Mc Ewans


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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2016, 09:42:18 pm »

Bryan,
So glad to hear from you after this time.
I was wondering what happened to that "Old sea dog".
Sorry to hear about your eyesight and so glad you have found a home for most of your models.
You are fondly remembered on here by us older ones.
Lift a "swift half" to me when you next open a can.
All my best wishes.


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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2016, 09:58:18 pm »

It's wonderful to hear from you again Bryan, I also wondered why we hadn't heard from you for so long. I'm pleased for you that your magnificent models have gone to a good home, one where they will be appreciated and enjoyed by many.


My best wishes to you, and keep enjoying your iPad.

Peter.
    Well thank you Peter. But you must be the first of your breed to put an iPad ahead of a preference for a beer! I always knew that you lot had little taste when it came to choosing friends.
For example....the first 4 answered I received were all from Aussie! What a crew!!!  Bryan.
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2016, 10:26:02 pm »

A small addition to my open letter.....
I had to stop earlier because neither time nor tide will stop Mrs Y plonking the evening meal on the table at 20.00 hrs.
As far as "my" models go, BrianC has custody of the cable ships Recorder and Norseman plus Hunan and Baroda. Another pal has the Admirals Barge but is also a friend of the museum. I'm keeping Bluebird of Chelsea as a future gift to my grandson.
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2016, 11:46:42 pm »

Hello and great to hear from you Bryan,I've sent you a pm so much to say and don't want to clog up your post.
                    regards Howard.
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2016, 07:39:11 am »

Great to hear from you again Bryan.
It is good to hear what you have done with your models. You have always been generous with your knowledge and resources, now you are doing the same with your models  :-))  It is also great that the new iPad technology is serving you well.


Here is a tip I can share with you to at least return the compliment. Some days my finger joints hurt, and opening a ring pull can of beer can be painful; but the screw tops on the whisky bottles are much easier.  O0


Thanks again for your help over the years.
All the best
TT
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2016, 07:59:57 am »

If only the world was run by people's like Bryan and the rest who have responded. Such open and genuine friendliness really does touch my heart.. :-))
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2016, 10:46:42 am »


Hello Brian and welcome back to the Forum.

We really have missed you and your knowledge.  I particularly liked your tales of your shipping career and advice on model construction which is still on here for all to read.

Have a happy Christmas and hope to hear much more from you.

All the best.    :-))

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Bryan Young

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Re: An open letter, Bryan Young
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2016, 01:33:50 pm »

Kenny. It's nice to be made welcome again after so long in a sort of wilderness.
The forum layout has changed a bit sinc I last passed this way, so I' m sort of stumbling in the dark at the moment..sorry...
   Thanks again. Bryan.
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Re: An open letter, Bryan Young
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2016, 02:20:45 pm »

Well its nice to have me old sparring partner back , hope you are keeping well.   It's hard to believe it was 2014 when you last posted something.

Last but not least, in that time the Forum has had a few crashes and some of our photographs have gone astray - so best check.   Also, did you manage to refurbish the last vessel which you had stolen?   
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2016, 02:49:55 pm »

I seem to have made a mistake somewhere!
I've replied to all your messages, but only a few have appeared. Oh dear. Deja-vu all over again! BY?
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Re: An open letter, Bryan Young
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2016, 03:10:03 pm »

The upgraded super smooth Mayhem
still breaks wind occasionally Bryan.
Welcome Back :-))


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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2016, 05:28:24 pm »

Don't worry about that,  We are all just so glad and happy to know your back with us


                 Regards Howard
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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2016, 05:50:52 pm »

The upgraded super smooth Mayhem
still breaks wind occasionally Bryan.
Welcome Back :-))


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So nothing of consequence has changed then? BY?
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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2016, 06:02:22 pm »

If only the world was run by people's like Bryan and the rest who have responded. Such open and genuine friendliness really does touch my heart.. :-))
Oh dear...I had no idea that I had been elevated to the rank of Pontiff.
But if,in my declining years, I've realised anything at all it is that pointless arguements get nobody anywhere. That only proves the truth about the traditional seamanship argument.....A flat stem entertainment followed by a flat denial followed by personal abuse.
I'll accept an honourary Diocese though. BY.
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Re: An open letter, Bryan Young
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2016, 07:41:50 pm »

good for you Brian ,you have given me an answer ,good luck mate . :-))
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« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2016, 10:11:09 am »

Pontiff? Honorary Diocese?  Jake Thackray's 'Sister Josephine' comes more to mind...

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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2016, 11:08:57 am »

Welcome back Bryan
I never really post much on here but I used to love reading your stories of your years at sea, I hope you will be able to tell us all some more of your storeys now your back. :-))
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« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2016, 03:31:13 pm »

Good to hear you are around Bryan  :-))


Sorry to hear your driving and modelling days are over, but at least the ring pulling finger is working ! Just think if it was still the days of Tennents with those pop bottle caps and the top end spanner !
If I ever get back up Tyneside again I will make a point of finding the museum and having a look at my rice bowl in the Tynesider's wheelhouse !


Best wishes


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