International SI units are used throughout, but in almost all cases conversions to the more familiar Metric and Imperial units are given. Wherever possible, Casting Alloy Specifications include equivalent specifications for several countries as well as international specifications. Individual chapters cover the casting of all types of non-ferrous metals. For each group of alloys, specifications, and typical applications are described, together with details of melting practice, metal treatment and casting practice. Sand moulding materials, including green sand and chemically bonded sands are also included. Recently there have been many major technical developments including new sand binders, the adoption of metal filtration of castings and widespread use of computers for the optimisation of feeder design.
I first met Irene one Enchanted Evening at the Kursaal dance rooms, Southend on sea. It was New Year’s Eve 1952 and South Pacific was showing at the local Cinema. I saw Irene ‘across a crowded room’ she was 19, I was 24. I thought her so beautiful.
I asked her to dance, and later when the balloons floated down to bring in 1952 we kissed for the first time and we knew from that moment that our destiny lay together. I was very adventurous and loved the outdoors, and wanted to share with Irene places in Europe that I had first visited when I was in the army. So (with the permission of her very Methodist parents) we planned our trip. It was to be on two bikes (no gears) with two sets of panniers and £25 each to last as long as possible. That was in 1952.
I often wonder if our 3 months of hardship, hunger and deprivation, prepared us for life’s journey and cemented our 60 years of love.
This is the diary I kept during our travels, printed exactly as I wrote it back in 1952.