Vincent Wilmot

a Dublin wartime Irishman

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Born in Dublin Ireland in 1942, I was brought up in a small house which then was on a large West Cabra estate at 120 Faussagh Road by Alice Walker a hard-working widow with 5 other children and a 6th had died shortly before. For my early years I was Vincent Walker, and Alice Walker was it seems born in the 1890s Alice Penney with her only Dublin relatives a nice Penney family that we often visited. She had been brought up Protestant in a chiefly-Catholic Dublin that was a part of Britain, and though she regretted the Republic of Ireland leaving Britain she was still happy to remain a Protestant Dubliner and somewhat looked down on non-Dubliner Irish as naive less-educated ‘hillbillies’ or ‘rednecks’ and also inclined to somewhat look down on all Catholics though her two eldest sons both took Catholic wives. Alice’s three daughters while underaged all joined the British army to fight in World War 2 and ‘manned’ anti-aircraft guns in London’s Hyde Park. She had a small widows pension that she added to with some work so that we were not desperately poor as some were then in Dublin and elsewhere at the time – we were maybe more like ‘respectable poor’. Our at times four or five to a bedroom later dropped to two or three as older sisters and brothers left home. I was maybe ‘baptised Catholic’ by a probably Protestant unmarried 16-year-old mother giving birth in a Catholic Dublin hospital many miles from her home, who some weeks after birth did her own tricky private illegal adoption arrangement when most young unmarried mothers had their babies taken from them at birth for ‘legal adoption’ or ‘disposal’. She registered my birth with her name as Kathleen Wilmot but was probably Catherine Teresa Wilmott or Wilmoth but her private adoption arrangement certainly involved some trickiness and she may well have had some unusual help from maybe family, the widow or whoever. So I was brought up an ‘illegally adopted’ Protestant by this kind Dublin widow Alice Walker. Around age 8, I got rheumatoid arthritis and did spend some months in a convalescent home run by Catholic nuns when I made some pretence of being Catholic – maybe just fooling the Catholic children but certainly not the nuns. Though it was run like the army and I was fearful of the nuns and greatly wanted to go home, some at least of those nuns were not bad people. And their unpleasant daily spoon of cod liver oil may even have been a bit medically helpful. I attended a small Protestant church school All Saints, Grangegorman, Dublin with about 50 pupils covering the full age range from starting-school age to leaving-school age. The school was in the same grounds as All Saints Church which was a Church-of-Ireland ‘High Church’ or neo-Catholic but sometimes allowed a child to do a Sunday service bible reading from the pulpit, which I did once or twice. The school staff of 2 comprised a Head Mistress and her assistant, but they made time to give me extra teaching to do a scholarship for one of Ireland’s best private schools – and aged 10 they helped me become the first pupil of that school to win that prestigious scholarship. Unfortunately I could not take it up as one of Alice Walker’s close friends reported her to the Irish Catholic Church so that religious and government harassment then forced my family to emigrate to Leicester England. It seems her friend had become jealous of some of Alice’s children ‘doing too well’ and around that time I was given a big expensive Hornby train set for Christmas by one of my sisters who had by some luck managed to marry well. And I was doing well in school. But the Irish Catholic Church then tried to put me in one of their awful children’s homes that often killed children (though we are assured not now). I seem to recall as a child taking part in some Dublin 1950-52 ‘All-churches Parades’ I think mostly involving Protestants and some Jews, and may have involved the Boys Brigade. Yet somehow Google and Wikipedia seem to have nothing on that, but it may perhaps have somewhat prepared me for a couple of ‘Ban The Bomb’ marches I took part in as a teenager in England around 1960. So in England we did have reduced religious concerns and Alice basically continued her Irish life in England, though later generations of the family adapted more to Britain as many other Irish did to Britain or to the Americas or the Australias. When in Leicester I entered the nearest school which was the rather poor Dale Secondary, but 1 year later won a place in Moat Intermediate school and from there to Gateway Grammar school where the Headmaster insisted I must do Physics at Imperial College London and I would be a great physicist. Though offered a Physics place at Imperial, not requiring A-level maths but requiring A-level Biology which required good drawing that I am still no good at. I was actually taught some higher maths at the time though I did not sit the exam. So having problems getting onto a physics degree, the first degree I took was a University of London BSc in Biology with Chemistry – and I dropped that after 2 years. I then did a lot of private study, mainly of physics theory, physics history and philosophy since these remained strong interests. Later I successfully completed two part-time post-graduate studies in Law and Politics or more precisely in Socio-Legal Studies both with Distinction. On request I took a lead role in getting those courses official UK recognition. And in 1987 I successfully completed a BSc Honours at London’s City University in Sociology with Economics, the first year of which included Philosophy. The excellent Philosophy Professor tried hard to convince me to major in Philosophy, but I somewhat reluctantly felt the need for a degree with a better chance of helping to feed the family that I had recently started and the university was under government funding and other pressure to stop teaching Philosophy which it soon did. I recall as a schoolboy closely studying Sir James Frazer’s substantial ‘The Golden Bough’ and all of Plato’s works and many other philosophers, then most major scientists’ works and lots of new science papers as they published. I also read most major fiction including Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’, and I have never met anybody who had studied as much as me though there must have been one or two somewhere. Odd work and activities. Between a perhaps strange mix of various studies, I did a maybe stranger mix of full-time jobs for money and part-time activities for interest. When young I was for a year or two a published poet and tried other writing. I also looked into a range of politics and was for a time a successful mainstream political activist helping get Harold Wilson elected in 1964 but soon dropping that. And I also looked into religions and even nearly started my own new religion. My first job application attempt around 1959/1960 was for Computer Programming with the then big multinational Rank Xerox, and from its IQ test they told me that nobody who worked for them or had applied to work for them had ever scored an IQ as high as me. That was my first IQ test and they failed me on the job application, so I took it that they did not hire ‘too intelligent’ people. (I did around age 40 become a member of high-IQ MENSA but let my membership lapse after a couple of years.) My actual jobs to date in England have been a strange mix indeed – including 1 year as a Postman, 1 year as an Art College Model, 1 year in Pharmaceutical Shipping, 2 years in Construction Materials, 5 years in government Unemployment Benefits relating mostly to the poor and 15 years in government Affordable Housing / Social Housing Finance relating mostly to housing the poor as an ‘Economist’ concerned largely with financial computer systems. But by UK Treasury invitation, as their seeing myself as one of the UK’s top economists then, I became a member of the UK government’s economy forecast thinktank of 6 top UK economists (for 7 years till I retired) producing UK Treasury economy forecasts used by UK government and businesses for planning. It paid nothing more on my government quango Economist salary but gave some nice days working with some top economists, and at times our forecasts made national news and maybe did some little good. Today I am still working, partly as a rather unsuccessful shopkeeper and partly as a website and computer software writer. Marriage and Family. 1983 saw me marry late aged 41 to Mary Finn aged 21 and from Bristol, though the age difference was maybe not typical of either of us, and we had 2 sons – Colin in 1984 and Adam in 1990. But despite being younger, Mary died of pneumonia in 2001 while somehow I am still going strong at 80 in 2022 and still keeping slim and fairly fit and smart. Maybe helped by following my own older-person daily diet I have had for some years ; Breakfast = 1 smallish Banana + 1 square of Milk Chocolate, Lunch = 1 tin of Sardines (with bones) + 7 Oat biscuits + 1 multivitamins+minerals pill, Dinner = 1 150g Meat+Vegetable pasty + 2 squares of Milk Chocolate + 1 Magnesium pill, Supper = 1 Half Sandwich (white bread) with low-fat margarine and a little Turkey. But my Lunch on Sunday would replace sardines and biscuits with 4 small roast potatoes and a little braised steak with gravy. Of course this diet does somewhat ignore the nutrition studies included in the 1960s degree I did, when many promoted milk, cheese and eggs as wonder-foods and vegetarian as bad nutrition unlike now. But I have done well with my own older-person stay slim and fit mixed diet. My only drinking has been 2 x 500ml bottled waters daily. And my doctor gave me regular blood-tests over the last 5 years which I read and were all OK. Making Useful Websites. In recent years I have made and maintained a rather strange range of hopefully useful websites based on what I have learned from my strange mix of education, jobs and activities ; 1. New Science Theory on physics theory history and my own science ideas. 2. World Poverty on causes and possible solutions for poverty worldwide. 3. Social Exclusion Housing on poverty, housing problems and solutions. 4. Wilmots on learning and recreation including forums and store. 5. How To Kiss on clear simple relationship advice. While I take new-science-theory.com as my main interest now, all of these websites and one or two others are ongoing projects of mine that some people do seem to really value, and I have also made a few other minor websites for myself and for others. Some more will hopefully follow, possibly on other strange subjects, in the near future life of this Irish man. For those truely interested in real science and especially real physics, I now have a new edition of my science website as an Ebook and a paperback book New Science Theory, and I have published a new improved English translation of William Gilbert’s Latin 1600 remote-control science ‘De Magnete’ as ‘On The Magnet’. Also my ‘World Poverty in the 21st Century’. My paperbacks or ebooks I publish through LULU.com who supply the latest versions and may be the only source of ebook versions though Amazon and other book sellers do also market my paperbacks. My son Adam now writes SciFi and may soon make a good new science fiction playwright. Also my new improved English translation of William Gilbert’s 1600 Latin remote-control science ‘De Magnete’ as ‘On The Magnet’ 9781326494469 you can buy at https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/william-gilbert/on-the-magnet/paperback/product-17q8emmp.html?page=1&pageSize=4 or at Amazon etc. Now I am aged a youngish 80 and currently working on updating my main websites for 2022. The code I wrote in 2001 for my science website really needs an upgrade, from HTML4 to HTML5, but I am not up to it at 80 with advancing cataracts. Not something there is any grant for it seems ? I have also worked a lot on physics and am sure that I have made a very big breakthrough, but I have not had the money or backing needed to at all develop it. But I am on Twitter as @vwilmot or email vincent@new-science-theory.com or write Vincent Wilmot 166 Freeman Street Grimsby Lincs DN327AT UK – OR for a clearer version of this autobiography and a video of me talking about my improved English translation of William Gilbert’s 1600 Latin ‘De Magnete’ or ‘On the Magnet’ see https://www.wilmots.me.uk/vincent-wilmot.php Or download the Ebook of that or others including free classic Ebooks at http://www.ebooks.me.uk

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