Keeping it in the family

Photo: Margaret’s father, John Law Gibb, playing golf in Abadan. Interestingly, though not a golfer, Steve took the same set of clubs to Das Island some 40 years later and played a round on the unique golf course on Das. I’m grateful to Steve and Margaret Elms from Maidstone in Kent for emailing me with […]

By-ron by Clive

I’m indebted to Clive Brookes for emailing us with news of his latest book – ‘Byron and the Sea’. Clive wrote the book to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of the poet Lord Byron on 19 April 1824 and tells us that it’s been well received by academics and the general public alike. […]

Sympathy and a fascinating story of a gold key

I’m grateful to Valerie Cook from Upper Beeding in West Sussex for emailing me and expressing sympathy with my ‘tumbleweed moment’ as mentioned in the February 2024 newsletter. Valerie writes: ‘Over the years I’ve edited several club/society magazines and newsletters and have had many of those moments. I was always left with the same thought […]

Man with a mission – an update

Following our ‘Man with a mission’ article under ‘Life after bp’ in the November bps news, I’ve received an update from Nevin Stewart, former bp synthetic chemist and BP Research team leader, about his band keratopathy (BK) research proposal. There’s a lot to take in. However, I’ve included the detail here to highlight what can […]

Das at Christmas

I’m grateful to Steve Elms for his email regarding the November bps news. Steve writes: ‘The archive tales section – Das Island Christmas Show 1973 – was very interesting for me. While I was not present in 1973, I was in the audience in 1975, 76, 77 and 81. As we all used to say: […]

Remembering Aberfan

Following our story of how the Llandarcy Refinery provided support to the emergency services during the Aberfan disaster on 21 October 1966 in our August bps news, I’m grateful to Leslie (Les) Rees, ex BP Chemicals, Baglan Bay, South Wales, for pointing out that the Pantglas Junior School clock, which stopped at 09.13 on that terrible day, is now on display at The Welsh Heritage Museum at St Fagans, south Wales.

‘Anniversaries’ – are we inclusive?

Michael Peck raised an interesting point about whether we are inclusive when reporting significant wedding anniversaries. Michael emailed the following: ‘I’ve just received a copy of the August bps news and on page 22 it talks about significant wedding anniversaries of 50, 55 or 60 years. I feel this is discriminative against lesbian, gay and […]

Is it ‘bp’ or ‘BP’? Make your mind up

I’m grateful to Michael Ridd for taking me to task over the use of ‘bp’ and ‘BP’ in bps news, and he makes an interesting suggestion. Michael writes: ’Many, perhaps most, members of this society were employed by a company known the world over as BP. But then, in recent years, the company changed its […]

Brothers run marathon for Gurkha Welfare Trust in grandfather’s memory

Mullaly Brothers

Many of our members will remember Stephen Mullaly, a former HR director at BP. However, what you may not know is that before a successful BP career, Stephen fought as a Gurkha officer during the Second World War in Burma and played a leading part in the post-war Gurkha presence in Vietnam prior to the […]

Recollecting Mark Woolveridge and his, er, teddy bear

My thanks go to Andrew Robertson for emailing this memory of working with Mark Woolveridge. Mark died in March 2022 and we reported on his death in the February 2023 bps news. Andrew provided the following background information: ‘When BP took over Britoil, and before the organisations were fully integrated, it was necessary for the […]