Skittles started a meme called Heads or Tails which I try to participate in but I have missed a few lately, but this week the topic is Wire.
In the 50's my father worked for the Iraq Petroleum Company located in Kirkuk. I would visit him in the summer holidays away from my boarding school in England. One of the things I remember is the club house where everyone hung out and which had a large swimming pool. Due to the turmoil in the country and the raids that would be made from the Kurds into that part of the country there was wire all around the club and pool area and large guns placed every so often and the Iraqi army could be seen everywhere.
During that time a curfew was declared and a friend of my father's had not made it home in time and was shot, not fatally but he took some time to recover. Life was getting more precarious and the whole compound where we lived was surrounded with wire also.
On July 14, 1958 we heard over the radio that King Faisal had been assassinated in Baghdad. Shortly after that all British personnel were evacuated from Iraq. I was back at school by that time but my father just made it out by the last helicopter. However his days in Iraq where probably my father's favorite topic of conversation.