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Stephen Sharp

Stephen Sharp is a former post office clerk. He attends groups run by the mental health charity Rethink. He has left his diary to the LRB in his will.

Diary: The ‘Belgrano’ and Me

Stephen Sharp, 7 May 2014

My problems began in 1984 when I wrote letters to Francis Pym and Sarah Kennedy about the Falklands War and Sir Robin Day’s part in it. Sarah was presenting a radio programme and I thought she was talking about me when she spoke of a young man who had just lost his mother. Francis Pym said, ‘Guns fire from Number 10’ on the Sarah Kennedy show. I took this to mean the PM had given the order to sink the Belgrano. But Mr Pym was speaking in a different context. Paul Daniels, who was also a guest, said: ‘Something strange is going to happen.’

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