Sumary of Every passport stamp tells a story:
- Even before the precious document arrived, I had actually been abroad for a few hours: my school in Sussex gave all pupils the chance to dip a toe in France, with a day trip from Newhaven to Dieppe.
- The dog-eared document declares me to be “A Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies”.
- When “Her Britannic Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs” requested and required, in the name of Her Majesty, to allow the holder of passport N712760 to pass freely without let or hindrance, there was a fair chance that overseas countries would comply.
- With an overnight ferry across the North Sea and a good run on the autobahn you could make West Berlin by midnight, even allowing for the frontier formalities through the German Democratic Republic – the absurd Soviet puppet state more concisely known as East Germany.