Richard (Ricky) Tyrrell - what I have been up
to over the last 45 yrs
After I left The Presidents
I just bummed around for a few years, no career jobs until I met
my future wife, Mascha, and decided that I’d better get my
act together. She was working for De Beers, got me an interview,
and what I intended to be short term job to get a mortgage
lasted 28yrs. I joined in February 1968
and we got married in September. We bought a house near Woking
and had to sell our car to be able to afford the mortgage.
Times got easier and we moved to Walton-on-Thames,
before I started to travel abroad for the company. In 1972 and
1977 I took a long term posting in Africa and Mascha left work.
We did that for two years and had our daughter Lisa, but Mascha,
who wasn’t enjoying life In Africa with a young baby, decided
that it was time to return to England, and we moved to Claygate.
I worked in London for a few years and we moved again, to
Thames Ditton. I was then fortunate to get a contract which enabled me to
travel back and forth to Zaire on my own, without disrupting Lisa’s schooling. I bought the government’s diamond production from 1983 to
1996 (147 trips), and managed to get early retirement at 52.
I did occasionally sing in a nightclub in Kinshasha,
called the Piano Bar, with a band called The Bobongo All Stars,
who were a truly talented group of musicians. It was a great deal
We then moved into some converted kilns in Hampshire
and in 1998 I was approached to do some work for a newly formed company doing
valuations for various governments and mines, so over the last ten years I
have travelled to Canada, the USA, Australia, South Africa, South America,
Lesotho, Singapore, Russia and Europe. Our Head Office is in London but we
do valuations and tenders from our offices in Belgium.
We have a good social and sporting life but
I gave up my great sporting passion – water skiing – and
took up golf which I find surprisingly enjoyable and challenging.
Lisa (30yrs) got a decent degree but seems to do a number of jobs,
one of which is disc-jockeying in a club. Mascha
is an avid gardener and paints in both water colours and oils.
She keeps fit at dancing classes and indoor tennis. We
have a house in France which Lisa and Mascha go to often but I
have only stayed there a few times due to travel commitments.
I have done some singing over the years with a variety of
bands, and like Eddy, I don’t have much interest in modern groups. My
music collection contains Bobby Darin, Ray Charles, The Eagles, Supertramp,
E.L.O., Johnny(Guitar)Watson, Led Zeppelin, Deodato, Santana, Jimi Hendrix,
Santana, Police , Sting, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, plus a range of jazz ,blues
and some classical.
My father died in 1977, my mother in 1999, and Mascha
has lost both of her parents so we are a couple of poor orphans. We seem to
be pretty content after 41yrs together although we have different interests.
My health seems ok and until I look in a mirror I still feel young, which is
pretty sad really, but I did decide at the age of 60 not to give in to middle
age and started exercising every day with the result that I lost 16lbs over
a six month period and feel much fitter and trimmer. Even with my recent right
knee replacement I still manage a daily workout.
I was in Round Table and travelled all over
Europe and made lasting friends, and as we are only 30 miles from
where we lived, we still see them regularly. I drive a 4x4
because I find sitting up higher more comfortable while Mascha
charges around in a cabriolet but doesn’t
often put the roof down because she says it ruins her hairstyle.
I dare say you get the same kind of logic from your other- halves.
In conclusion, I learnt to speak french for
business which is handy for our property in France, but as I learnt
it in Africa I get some strange looks from the locals in France.
To compound the problem our region is Catalan which isn’t
straightforward French but I seem to make myself understood. My
English is still as rich in "Anglo-Saxon" as ever, but I do seem
to have more patience these days.