Sadly after a long battle with illness, my Grandfather passed away last Tuesday (28th) at the very respectable age of 80. He lived a remarkable life – served as a pilot during the latter stages of the Second World War,  worked on the first commercial computer systems as a businessman at ICL (now called something else), and in his free time was a well-renowned photographer and of course, was a father to three children and later on a grandfather to three more!

Up until recently he lived a very active life and was amazingly computer literate for someone of his generation. How many 80-year-olds do you know who can use photoshop, send emails, surf the web and shop online (let alone know what a blog is)?!

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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