Category Archives: Armed Forces

Monochrome Monday ~ Lancaster

the aircraft that broke Hitler’s reich




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crew and ground crew

Captain Sir Tom Moore ~ Rest In Peace

it is the hero’s glittering heart that fights the fight

Amid these dark days one old war hero decided to try to do something for England, Home, and Beauty.

Ninety-nine years old, Captain Tom Moore set off walking laps of his own garden to try and raise a little money for our National Health Service.  He thought his efforts could possibly raise a hundred pounds.

His efforts, his humility and dogged good humour caught the public attention.  Perhaps none of us could be as good as this little old soldier, but we could contribute to his cause.  When it was all added up, Captain Tom raised £38.9 million for the National Health Service.

Along the way he celebrated his 100th birthday, was knighted by the queen, and awarded an Honorary Colonelcy of the Army Foundation College.

He passed away on Tuesday February 2nd 2021 from pneumonia and complications from the coronavirus.

We shall not mourn him, nor shall his memory die.

Least We Forget

NORAD Santa Tracker

Rudolf with your nose so bright
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight


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Santa always gets a fighter escort

Songs on Saturday ~ Stop The Cavalry

one day, peace on Earth will come to stay

Back in the ’80s we had some pretty wild office Christmas parties.  This song from Jona Lewie was always on the playlist.  How you danced to this track depended on how late in the evening it had gotten ~ hold me close.

Please listen with a little nostalgia.

Remembering better Christmases past.

One day, Christmas parties will return for us.


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worth waiting for

Didn’t get to go

papers please

So I got to the airport, got as far as the gate, and I am not going to Cancun.  Slightly upsetting.  I live in a police state.  The nazis treated people better than this.


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No chance

Coronavirus Testing

order, counter-order, disorder

somewhere over the rainbow the coronavirus actually exists

I just walked around the marina where I live.  There is a huge area where the army have set up a mass COVID-19 testing station.  At 16:30 this evening there was nobody waiting to be tested.  WTF is going on?  This is not the first time this mass testing station has had zero ‘patients’ all day.  What a total waste of valuable resources.

Everything you read in the media about coronavirus testing, test and trace, and probably vaccines is a complete lie.  I have the evidence of my own eyes.  All day today a squad from the Army Medical Corps wasting their time to bolster Boris Johnson’s ego,



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the covid police will be visiting a town near you soon


Armistice Day

they were young, they were pals, 744,000 of them died


they shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

at the going down of the sun and in the morning

we will remember them.


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lest we forget

Music ~ All Your Friends

friends will fight shoulder to shoulder

This Coldplay track and accompanying video is poignant and tragic.  Perhaps an apt choice on the morning of the 102nd anniversary of the day the guns fell silent In Flanders Fields.

The Pals Battalions suffered horrifically during the Somme Offensive in 1916.

If you can find it in your heart, then please listen with two minutes of silence.


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going over the top

Tunes on Tuesday ~ The B52’s

before I talk, I should read a book

You know what?  I never really understood that quotation ~ unless it’s about casual sex.  If it comes right down to it, I never really understood why the trash culture B52’s were so popular in the 70s and 80s, especially here in England.  Unless you happen to like Big Ugly Fat Fuckers. Anyhow, I liked Love Shack back then, and I still do.  Perhaps I just like shacks.

Please listen remembering back-roads America.

I also like long road trips.


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I wonder if Biden will have much use for the BUFFs

Remembrance Sunday

at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918

the guns fell silent

The Third Battle of Ypres, also called the Battle of Passchendaele, was another of the horrific meat-grinders fought in Flanders Fields during the Great War.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

between the crosses row on row

In England today is Remembrance Sunday, many of us will wear a poppy, and remember the 887,888 dead from the United Kingdom and her then Colonies.

This song is a poignant reminder of those days.


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