Memoirs of Felix 'Happy' Gomesz
Felix 'Happy' Gomesz
Born: 30th May 1932
Date of Interview: 20th June 2014
Length of Interview: 30 Minutes
Interviewer: Anton Manickam
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Although Happy wanted to be an engine driver as a boy, he stacked up many achievements as an anaesthetist and doctor both in Ceylon and the UK. As a boy, when the monsoons transformed trenches at his father’s estate into mini rivers, he'd make a raft, rowing to neighbouring areas to pick fruits that had fallen from the storm - encountering cobras and water snakes along the way.
Detailed summary (with time stamping for ease of access)
When and where I was born.
0:00:35.2: What it was like growing up in Ceylon.
0:00:56.0: Interesting memories from my childhood.
0:01:54.5: How I gained the nickname 'Happy'.
0:03:16.7: Growing up during the war.
0:05:55.7: My school days.
0:06:54.7: My career ideas as a young man.
0:07:44.6: How I won an award from the Association for the Advancement of Science.
0:08:42.7: How I became a doctor and came to England.
0:11:54.0: Gaining my Fellowship in England.
0:13:06.0: An interesting case involving a Heart Attack.
0:15:10.6: When I came to England and relating experiences.
0:17:32.7: Landing at Southampton and first observations.
0:17:55.8: How we left Ceylon.
0:20:34.9: One of my proudest achievements.
0:21:28.7: What I missed about Ceylon.
0:22:04.7: Blessings of similar cultures: British and Burgher.
0:23:17.1: Life Now.
0:25:47.1: My one desire after qualifying.
0:26:16.6: What I love about London.
0:27:46.0: How I'm a Burgher.
0:28:50.7: The Burgher surnames of some of my friends from Ceylon.