Bletchly Park.My friends,
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Bletchly Park was the place where, during the war, the code breaking section of the war office was set up to break the codes of the German Enigma machine which sent scrambled messages around the world. Alan Turing, the man who is widely thought of as the father of the modern day computer worked there, and was the brilliant person who actually broke the code. There is a terrible aside to this story. Alan Turing was homosexual, which was an offence in England at the time. As I said he was a brilliant man and it is thought that his breaking the code actually shortened the war by two years. Several years after the war he was prosecuted for being homosexual, and was given the choice of either going to jail or chemical castration. He chose chemical castration. Not long after that he commited suicide by biting into an apple laced with cyanide. In 2009 the English Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave a public apology for this terrible deed. How can society be so callous and stupid! But back to my story.
Living in New Zealand in an old folks home in Auckland is a 90 something year old lady named Ursella Frost who was one of the code breakers at Bletchly Park. She worked under Alan Turing and it was she who I heard being interviewed. She is to be presented with a badge from the United Kingdom by our Minister of Defence for her work at Bletchly Park. Why she wasn`t given it after the war I don`t know. She and her husband left England in 1952, went to Australia, but they didn`t like it there because, in her own words, "there were too many sharks!". So they came to New Zealand.
I just find it quite amazing that here on the other side of the world we are celebrating this little old lady who played her part in the war effort many years ago. She is still very bright, speaks clearly, and was very amusing in the interview talking about Turing being "homosexual and he was very nice but you weren`t allowed to be homosexual in those days".
Oh how things have changed; or have they.