I like playing games always have done? Being an only child I really found my calling playing geeky solitaire wargames and I can’t get enough of it. Borderline OCD has led to a desire to incorporate spreadsheets and stats into any game I play has led to many hours well spent research and lots of expense adding chrome and historical data to games I play. Squared paper also still features.


I have a mad fixation with DALEKS (not the spoony blasphemous teletubby primary colour abominations of the new series) but the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s beauties/beasties (& the WHOniverse in general). But for me those Mk III travel machines have been there all my life from my first terrifying encounter aged just 2 at Trago Mills right up to the present.  I love them…… much so I actually bought one.


Other interests……… Hayley Atwell, Emily Blunt, Helen Mirren……..Laibach, Dubstar, Client, Adam Ant, Excalibur, Crystal Palace FC, Bury FC, Houston Oilers, the Pre-raphaelites, Art nouveau and 30’s totalitarian architecture, 1960s-70s formula 1 the golden era’s 50’sto70’s Graham Hill, stats and spreadsheets, Hornby and full scale steam trains, toys from my youth (I will never put away my childish things) and a few other dirty little secrets – ABBA, Claire from Steps……..

  1. Sion Pritchard says:

    Great title! Good luck with the blog! Up there with your totalitarian architecture & hornby! Have you looked at Italian futurist architecture of the 20s particularly Sant Elia

    • simonsmrt says:

      Hi Sion, is Sant Elia in the EUR district of Rome? I loved that although we only saw it in the dark when we went to a gig out there. It looked impressive as the backdrop to the Hopkins version of Titus Andronicus.

      Cant believe whats happened to London Welsh this week, definately not cricket

  2. simonsmrt says:

    Hello Lisa, please would you be more specific and give me an email address? cheers

  3. Jane Bigger says:

    Hi please could you let me know where you found the photo of Rubensdorffer ? For a TV doc – thanks

  4. dick fowler says:

    HI Simon, i am researching the Prowse family of Rotherfield and elsewhere. i came across your excellent piece on WW1 which refers to Bernard Prowse and Thomas Paige. Thomas was killed in 1917 .Have you published any similar material on the period roughly 1900-1950? many thanks df

    • simonsmrt says:

      Hi Dick many thanks for your kind words. I have written a few of articles that follow directly the one about the Southdown volunteers up to 1916 and the calamitous Somme diversionary Battle of the Boarshead. A very brief check here and I see I didn’t actually publish the follow up articles on my blog, I did them for a local parish magazine and never thought anyone else would be interested. Off the top of my head I don’t think I found any more on the Prowse family……..yet! If you are interested in the other articles let me know and I’ll put a version of them on my blog in short time.
      My dear friend who helped with a lot of the family/oppose military research has subsequently set up a family research business that you might be interested in contacting with no obligation. If interested please let me know.
      Cheers again Simon

  5. Paul Lovell says:

    Hello Simon. I am doing some research on Flt/Lt Norman Whitmore Burnett (70101). You mention in your details for 266 Squadron in August 1940 that he had 4 kills, I am not aware of these, and later you mention a brace of Dornier 17s. I would be interested to see the details of that information if you have it please ?
    My findings show that he had left 266 Squadron in July 1940 and was then flying with 46 Squadron until his death off Sicily in 1941 flying from Malta.

    Best wishes
    Paul Lovell

    • simonsmrt says:

      Hi Paul. My account here is a fictional one based on a wargame replaying the Battle of Britain. I “pimped” the game and selected 266 Sqdn as the CO was from my village and used the real life roster of pilots to see how they performed in this alternative version of history and recorded the results for the pilots for extra flavour. I then put the results on this blog by way of an after action report/diary in the way of an account of the battle.

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