I had a feeling before booking into my latest campsite last Sunday that there would be work for me there. We had a meeting this morning. They want some smart, different, quirky pallet furniture to go with their two new smart ‘Glamping Pods’. Not a lot of time to do the work, but get some good designs together and my premonition of work ‘might’ come off. I get the idea though it is up to me to impress, and up to me to ‘know’ I can get the work done in the short time available.
I am camping up in the hills whilst I look for work. It’s really very pleasant.
The big stick in front of my tent is to ward of any unfriendly wild boars. I met one the other night, not close up thankfully. The bugger was the size of a small bull, (okay, a very small bull, but it was big all the same).
Some very pretty local beaches too. This one had absolutely zero litter on it. Bliss!
The local library, although small and only open four hours a day is a bit of an oasis. Free wifi, free phone charge up, free loo, and it’s quiet, even with Status Quo blasting through my headphones.
My project in the library has been to go through a list of UK Personal missing overseas. In the early 90’s I was going to Thailand. I was given a photograph of a young person who had been missing out there for nine months. I was asked if I could look out for that person. Of course I would.
I flew to Thailand, booked into a hostel, walked out on the street to get some food…and walked straight into the person. I hadn’t been in Bangkok for more than two or three hours. We talked. I phoned the person’s Mum, with the person’s permission.
I put the event down as a miracle meeting and it wasn’t until quite a few years later, after further travels, further meetings, further ‘coincidences’ that I thought, hey, maybe I have a bit of a knack for this.
Over the proceeding years I have helped sometimes, hindered other times, and in the past few years I have realised that if I am to be of any help with Missing Persons I have to listen very carefully to my intuition and to attempt to know when it is my position to act, and just as importantly, or maybe more importantly, ‘not’ to act.
The Lucie Blackman Trust has 64 people on its Missing Person list. I have written them all down, put them into categories, and am feeling my way through the list. I found out that one of the people on the list was actually no longer missing. I contacted the LBT and they took that person off the list after confirming it was true.
I am looking to see where I ‘might’ be of use in any other Missing Persons profiles.
Of the 64 people on the list, 54 are male, 10 female. There are also two additional children missing along with their mother, the mother being one of the 10 females listed.
The oldest person missing is about 84, the ‘about’ is because ages are listed as when they went missing. The youngest, apart from the two children is another child who went missing alone. I am not 100% sure of the child’s age.
The person missing the longest is from June 16th 1994. The most recent person listed as missing is from March 27th this year, 2017.
As for which countries these people went missing from:
Spain, (including Spanish Islands): 13 people.
France: 5 people.
Greece, UK to France ferry, 3 each and 3 people are missing from overdue sailboat trips, (Spain/Azores/Mauritius).
I person missing from a kayak trip, (Tunisia). I person missing from a Cruise Ship, (US/Mexico).
Germany, Thailand, Italy, Turkey, Nepal, Switzerland. Eurostar trip, 2 each.
1 person missing from each of the following countries, Panama, Costa Rica, Holland, Canada, Grand Cayman, India, Philippines, Kenya, Nigeria, Uruguay, Malta, Portugal, Dubai, Cyprus, US, South Africa, Hungary, Austria, 1 person could be in either UK, Nigeria or US, 1 between Mali and Nairobi, another, thought to be anywhere in Europe.
And in what circumstances did these people go missing:
2 on Eurostar trips, 3 were staying with friends, 5 were on walking trips, 4 were trekking, 3 were on UK ferries to France, 8 were on holiday, 10 went missing from their homes, 3 disappeared whilst sailing with their sailboats, 1 disappeared whilst on a kayak, one from a cruise liner, 8 were travelling, 10 were living abroad, 6 were abroad away working.
At present I get the impression I ‘might’ be able to help in a few cases…and I am looking for funds to further my work in the Missing Persons area. Yes I can make furniture and help fund it that way. I’m trying! But if there are organisations out there, individuals, business‘, newspapers, documentary makers that feel they might like to put some money into this venture-in return for what? Publicity? Satisfaction? Interest? Helping others? Please do get in touch.
I get the vision of perhaps getting a hire car and touring Europe for a couple of months. I will not dash here, dash there, try and help here, try and help there. I will do this methodically, listening to my intuition, feeling my way, attempting to work out who can be found now, and how, and with as little drama and outburst as possible.
Many missing people are found when people are not looking for them. It almost seems like when the pressure is off, the person is found. Easily said.
Any interest at all, please message me. Thank you.