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RECENTLY I attended our latest Seafarers Link Group Organisers' Teleconference in the warmth of my living room.

Nothing more simple than sitting at my computer desk with the telephone, pen and a notepad.

Nine of us took part in the conference with representatives from Hull, Bristol, Liverpool, Southampton, inclusive of me from the Cardiff & Barry area.

The advantage of telephone conferencing is there is no need to travel, which easily lends this means of communication to disabled people with limited walking ability.

The Hull group mainly consists of people who served in the merchant navy and fishing fleets, some being the wives of fishermen. Within other groups are people who served in the Royal Navy.

Eve Myles Fair Country? There are people who served in World War II with very interesting stories to tell. In common we are all retired, with many experiences of life behind us.

Some are very pleasant memories. Others are not so. One of the most interesting things with ex-services people is the sense of comradeship which causes them to stick together in old age.

It brings me to the old saying: "I'm sorry that I can't help you.

But I know someone you can have a talk to if you like."

A problem with telephone conference groups is that, unlike sitting around a table in the bar of a public house, there is no sight or physical contact like a handshake when introduced.

Telephone conversations take far more time to break down barriers and develop trust if people have not previously met.

When talking about experiences, the question often arises as to what people might do if given the opportunity to live their lives again.

Perhaps Echo readers would like to tell us what they would do, if they had their time again.

Malcolm H Mort Cardiff & Barry Seafarers Link Group Organiser

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 29, 2010
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