Author: Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips completed a full RN career retiring as Commander (Aircraft Engineer). Served in Falklands War (Senior engineer 10 Sea King helicopters), NATO Naples Italy (Balkans War. Greek and maritime airfields. Also President International School). Senior Naval aviation adviser Farnborough and, on retirement, senior project manager and QinetiQ Director Air Equipment. Retired to Spain 2005 and currently involved in 3 different Spanish Associations – Sailing Mar Menor (Vice Chairman), Barbershop Singers (Treasurer – my wife Anne was a singer until her death in October 2019) and Bremain in Spain (Secretary). I strongly believe that Brexit is not in the best interests of either the UK or EU and will continue to campaign for the closest links with the EU possible and for the acquired rights of UK citizens resident in the UK. I have 5 children and 11 grandchildren in Kent, Surrey and Queensland Australia.

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Harmony College

Mike Phillips
Barbershop singing group in blue-and-white striped shirts and boaters

Barbershop singing a cappella style encourages the growth of close harmony singing unaccompanied by instruments.


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Mother with her starving children

In the spring of 1933, 17 people died of hunger every minute, more than 1 000 every hour, and almost 24 500 every day.

Migration canoes to flying foils

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A Maori Waka at Waikato

Waka is the Maori word for a vessel or canoe. A waka hourua is a double hulled ocean-going canoe used over many centuries for migration of the Maori race across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The design used is still relevant to sports and recreational boats of today.

NATO’s Dilemma

Mike Phillips

In this article, Mike Phillips details the current organisation of NATO, its recent evolution to adapt to emerging challenges, and its current dilemma. He reviews a book “Future War and the Defence of Europe” published a year ago that predicted the events unfolding in Ukraine today. For three years from December 1992 Mike was the […]

Green Ships

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips introduces us to various sustainable types of green ships of the future. They include wind-assisted and solar-powered vessels.

My Final Trip of 2021

Mike Phillips

Mike travels from Spain to Kent to discover the true effects of Brexit thus far on his family, and contemplates political change in the EU.


Bremain in Spain AGM in Málaga

Mike Phillips

Mike and Magdalena drive for five hours to attend the Bremain in Spain Annual General Meeting in Málaga. Mike recounts decisions within the meeting

Across the Pyrenees

Mike Phillips

Mike recounts his and Magdalena’s journey from Italy into Spain across the Pyrenees. On the way they stay with Debbie Williams MBE.