June 6th, 2019

Poppy Wreath

75 Years On - May We Never Forget

As I type this the film The Longest Day is showing on the TV. I watched it on the coach on my way back from Normandy, and again a couple of days after I got home. I have seen it loads of times but it is still a special film ... and a tribute to those who fought, and died on the beaches, and inland towns in those 24 hours 75 years ago.

I was actually able to watch most of the Commonwealth service on the BBC as I haven't been at work today. I had to have a wisdom tooth out this morning, and was under strict instructions to do nothing for the rest of the day.

Although I posted a few photos of the cemeteries and of the museums, I never got round to posting anything of the beaches themselves. As we drove towards Omaha we were shown the beginning of Saving Private Ryan to remind us of what these beaches would have been like .... although they are so lovely now ....

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We must never forget the sacrifices and suffering of the men, on all sides of the conflict ... as well as those left at home. My Dad was working on the River Thames and had seen some of the Mulberry Harbour sections being fitted with various things. He just remembered them as huge ... but had no idea what they could be. They were designed to last 90 days ... and in honour of Dad, here is one of the sections still at Arramanches, although sadly the American harbour didn't last very long at all.

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I had a friend who was in the special forces, and landed on D-Day.  Sadly I don't even know whether he landed at Gold or Sword .... just am thankful that he made it through that, and subsequent days (his twin brother didn't) and I got to know him.  Ted was a lovely man.

Take a moment - be thankful.
So much suffering all throught the world - thankfully, since then we haven't had such a global conflict
BtVS Gentleman

OOooops ....

I started the moth well, and then fell apart!! So ....

3 Are you handy?
Not too bad - I can change a plug, check which fuse has gone, change a tyre on a car
All in all I will try most things

4 What is your favourite song lyric?
Oh, another hard question
One song that I never liked hearing as I was driving away from Mum & Dad's was "Every time we say goodbye" ... and these words always struck home to me - Everytime we say goodbye, I die a little, I now find those words very hard to hear.

5 Who is the most evil person you have ever met?
Thankfully I don't think I have ever met anyone who is truly evil
A few wicked people, a few people with some very weird ideals ... and one or two tutors at college who set difficult questions!!

6 What product would you happily advertise in exchange for a lifetime supply of?
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate .... no question at all!