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Mr David Cushman: his life in his words.

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website.



Dave Cushman (David A. Cushman)
This page gives a few details about myself and my locality.
Dave Cushman died on 22nd February 2011
David Albert Cushman is my formal name, Dave Cushman is the name I go by, g8mzy is my call sign, ‘fat and ugly’ is my nickname and I have previously been known as ‘Bert’ and ‘flash’.

I have always joked… “that I was born at a very early age”… The place was Bond Street Maternity Hospital in Leicester .

From 5 to 7 years of age I attended Knighton Fields Infant School, but owing to boundary changes I swapped to Avenue Road Junior School for the years 8 to 11.

Wyggeston, my old School Crest On passing my 11+ examination I finished my school education at Wyggeston Boys Grammar School.

I was a bit of a rebel at school and left at age 15. However my education has been more or less continuous ever since!

I spent 6 months as a T.V. engineer with a local rental company and then embarked on a course at Charles Keene College (to get the GCE “O” levels that I would not have achieved in the school system).

I became a “Student Apprentice” at the Partridge Wilson {Davenset} company which I left in 1967 in favour of a degree course at Rugby College of Engineering Technology. Whilst at Rugby I was heavily involved with an Elliott 803 Computer and tuning 2 stroke engines.

From 13 years to 16 years I was an army cadet winning many shooting prizes. This kindled my interest in firearms and ammunition and led to many enjoyable years of shooting.

From age 16 till 25 I was an enthusiastic motorcyclist. I started out with small, Villiers engined, 2 strokes and ended up with a BMW R60. I would enjoy riding an old Villiers engined motorcycle today, but we have to be practical (it is very difficult to carry beehives on a motorbike).

I was a fairly successful competitor in clay pigeon shooting between 1967 and 1975.

I have also been a semi professional darts player (but in those days the purse was never more than seventy five pounds).

I spent some time in Berlin during the 1960’s (on both sides of the wall).

In the summer of 1969 I had my first taste of the game of P

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