Profile: Maurice Hamlin

About This Author

THE HIDDEN TRUTH War, manslaughter, corruption, theft, fun, IT innovation and a unique love match are the themes of this true story............... As a boy the author was twice bombed out of his home and often strafed by enemy fighters whilst working as a telegraph boy in Eastbourne. He was sacked and classed as ‘unamenable to discipline’. A metaphor which followed him throughout his life............... At 17 he joined the RAF as a Wop/Air Gunner. Tragedy occurred just weeks later when his friend was killed beside him whilst throwing hand grenades. He says it was the first visit of his guardian angel............... Life continued with many adventures - interesting, amusing and occasionally hazardous. He recalls the terrible state of casualties flown back from the D Day landings and his own luck in the invasion into Norway. Demobbed in 1947............... In 1952 he rejoined the RAF as a flight sergeant, initially on Lancasters, but he constantly came up against the problem of discipline as opposed to his inbred attitude to common-sense and survived several close encounters............... In October 1956 he was directly involved with two major air crashes. The Vulcan at London Airport and Neptune C Charlie at the Mull of Kintyre where his crew were killed. Both crashes were caused by senior officers’ stupidity. He was threatened with Court Martial and is still in contention with the Air Ministry. Chapters 7 and 8............... Flying on a NATO exercise in 1961, he was ordered to land at RAF Scampton. He went to a dance in the nearby town of Lincoln and met a lovely girl, JayeZara, who was having her last evening out before her wedding - she cancelled it............... Posted to the Vampire Squadron at Shawbury, he volunteered to bring back an antiquated Devon aircraft from Pakistan. It took six weeks with twenty short hops visiting the French Foreign Legion HQ, isolated forts, Sheikdoms and Emirates, and dodging bullets whilst landing at Algiers airport before the final run to the UK. Two weeks later he and Jazie were married. Who says angels don’t exist?.............. He had another lucky escape when he crashed in a Vampire due to faulty landing gear. Posted to a Varsity Squadron in Suffolk he continued to have many amusing incidents until he was hospitalised with spinal injuries and retired............... Civvy Street was a daunting prospect to someone who had been cosseted by an Air Force that, generally speaking, looks after its flyers from breakfast until bedtime. He answered many advertisements promising high earning without experience, however, a lucky break transformed a nervous twit onto the fast track; within six months he had doubled his RAF flying pay. There followed ten years of hard, interesting work in sales, much fun and some weird psychic experiences. Life was crammed with incidents. He had car crashes, several burglaries and, by a little detective work, uncovered a con-man who was targeting the Bank of Riyadh, and several major UK plc’s. He contacted Scotland Yard and was amazed at how quickly they acted but didn’t receive a single thank you............... One nasty accident resulted in him twice losing his sight for several days. Even this had its amusing side............... He was asked to take over a failing branch in Manchester, improved it so well that all staff earned a place at an overseas convention. He was sacked because he was earning too much money. Sued and won............... He joined his wife’s Office Services Company. They had a fantastic time until the Print and Graphics Unions caused trouble. Jazie fought them and closed the business........ Hamlin had great experience of the IT problems suffered by businesses and industries alike on ‘how to choose the right computer’. This was a golden opportunity for corrupt computer companies, particularly when the micro and mini systems were launched. Ethics were forgotten. Hundreds of salesmen were trained to sell ‘boxes’ although they virtually had no knowledge of what their computers could do or what the client’s business needed. Suppliers blamed failures on client ineptitude............... In 1977 he realised how to solve the problem – to computerise computer consultancy advice. All computer specialists, consultants and financial advisors said he was an idiot. It couldn’t be done............... The Hamlins sold their beautiful house, bought a mini computer and employed specialists to develop software to his specific design. They recruited twenty researchers whose job was to contact every supplier of computers and application software for every trade and industry in the world. The information was fed into their computer. By 1982 Lloyds of London were able to offer Hamlin’s clients a guarantee that his advice would be 100% correct. See Chapter 15............... He offered the whole working operation to the UK Government but the IT Minister, Mr Heseltine, refused to accept this unique system which would have put Britain ahead of the world IT consultancy market........ ....... During 1983-2000 he discovered the waste of £Billions due to stupidity and criminal negligence, or intent, within business and Government departments. He clashed with authority which cared more for self-gratification than the country’s interest. The Department of Trade and Industry tried every trick not to use his unique services............... 1997 - The Year 2000 Millennium problem was almost ignored by Government and industry alike. Hamlin’s team made its solution an essential responsibility............... In 1998 - The Government became aware of the Millennium and set up Action 2000 to solve the problem. This team, mainly of non IT specialists, chose an American software company to advise them. Disaster followed. They were forced to contract Hamlin’s services as their main Year 2000 consultancy problem solver. Hamlin offered free advice on line to all businesses. When the crisis ended, the Government refused to pay their account. He took them to court and won............... On the lighter side, the Hamlins were invited to the Queen’s Garden Party for services to IT............... On TV today there are many adverts for comparative product selection (i.e. Go Compare). Hamlin’s company was offering this multi cross selection function in 1982. The way this was accomplished is shewn in ‘The Hidden Truth’............... The story of ComputerScan ended in 2001 when he was defrauded out of the business. He was advised that it was totally legal............... Down but not beaten. The Hamlins emigrated to Spain. The guardian angel followed them as they survived a crash on the motorway into Spain. Later, on a journey from Madrid, their car was struck by a tornado - in Spain this is not an act of God, the insurance paid for all the damage............... Old age is not the end. Hamlin started a website - practicalspain.com – giving a free advice service to new arrivals to Spain. He says “It keeps the brain alive and you are never too old to enjoy life but a sense of humour is essential”............... Note: The Hidden Truth was published to obtain justice against the unnecessary deaths of 13 aircrew. The Air ministry issued 50 year National Security D notices to hide the truth. Now, 60 years later he is still in contention with the RAF Historical Records Unit............... The story continues….......

This Author's Books

Manslaughter, corruption, theft, fun and an enduring love are the themes of this true story. As a boy the author was twice bombed out of his home and strafed by enemy fighters. At 17 he joined the RAF as a Wop/AG where he encountered many adventurous, int....
ISBN: 9781785101328
Published: 15 July 2016
Manslaughter, corruption, theft, fun and an enduring love are the themes of this true story. As a boy the author was twice bombed out of his home and strafed by enemy fighters. At 17 he joined the RAF as a Wop/AG where he encountered many adventurous, int....
ISBN: 9781786971982
Published: 26 July 2016
Manslaughter, corruption, theft, fun and an enduring love are the themes of this true story. As a boy the author was twice bombed out of his home and strafed by enemy fighters. At 17 he joined the RAF as a Wop/AG where he encountered many adventurous, int....
ISBN: 9781786109279
Published: 12 May 2016