Category Archives: Armed Forces

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,

Pathetic.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the covid police will be visiting a town near you soon

 

Armistice Day

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

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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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Cher

she may be a lady but she’s reached an age when any fucking thing goes

Sometimes a guy just has to play something really stupid and a little bit raunchy, (actually quite a lot raunchy).  This a comeback track from 1960’s to ageless pop / rock icon Cher.   Interesting stage costume she’s almost wearing to go with her 80’s big hair.

Anyhow it’s nice to see one of the last of the battleships, in this case the USS Missouri.  Another reason for choosing this video is that I have a soft spot for Missouri.

Please listen without becoming over-excited.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

and finally, some solemnity

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Royal Air Force

today is Battle of Britain Day

On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England.  By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF.  The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England.  Democracy had been saved for the world.

Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle.  Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.

Battle of Britain Day

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

On September 15th 1940 the German Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack on London

Defending England were the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF

Fighter Command was outnumbered

Ranged against the Spitfire was the bf 109

this action was the climax of the Battle of Britain, commemorated every September 15th as Battle of Britain Day

the memorial flight includes Hurricanes, Spitfires, and a single Avro Lancaster

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

all through the battle and the following blitz St. Paul’s Cathedral remained safe

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ben Taylor

ask not what your country can do for you
ask what you can do for your country

This song is not what I had intended to post this afternoon, but earlier today, for some reason, my random music player chose to play this track from the thousands it holds in memory.  It’s appropriate.  Even from here in England I can see that America is hurting.  At least know that one Englishman is praying for you.

Please listen with national pride.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Semper Fidelis

Enola Gay

on August 6th 1945 the B29 Superfortress Enola Gay
became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb

The Boeing B29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated, complex, and expensive aircraft ever built up to that time.  After Japan’s leaders ignored a demand to surrender, President Harry S. Truman authorised the atomic strike, in order to avoid the millions of casualties expected if ground troops invaded Japan’s Home Islands.  Under the command of Colonel Paul Tibbets the Enola Gay flew from Tinian in the Mariana Islands and released the bomb at 08:15 over Hiroshima.

At that time the B29 Superfortress was the only aircraft capable of carrying the 10,000 or so pounds of the atomic weapons Little Boy and Fat Man the approximately 1,400 miles from Tinian to their targets in Japan, and getting home again.

The Atomic age had begun.

Japan unconditionally surrendered on September 2nd 1945 after a second strike by the B29 Bockscar on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.  More people were killed and injured by the RAF’s conventional bombing of Hamburg than the casualties caused by the atomic bomb at Nagasaki.

Today, the Enola Gay is exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA.  Bockscar may be seen at The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, OH.

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jack collier               jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

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