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That was nice
at 08:48 26 Aug 2017

BBC1 just now made feel proud to be blue.
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Sharpish frost this morning in rural Cambridgeshire.
at 09:01 10 May 2017

At 6am there was frost on the car by 6.30 no signs at all. Just enough to nip my new spuds I fear, glad the squash and runners are still tucked up in the greenhouse.

Didn't put the birds off on the fen, 3 cuckoos calling at the same time, nightingale in full voice being recorded by a twitcher with all the gear.

Lovely time of the year.
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Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade
at 11:01 26 Apr 2017

I've always meant to visit the small museum on the old WW2 airfield 3 or 4 miles from me. I went yesterday.

There is an aircrew whistle on display issued to Sergeant Alkemade who was a rear gunner in a Lancaster 115 Squadron flying from this airfield. On 23 March 1944 he left on his 13th mission part of a 811 strong force to bomb Berlin. At about midnight his plane was attacked by a Ju88, the Lancaster was hit and quickly caught fire. A Lancaster's rear turret is very tight so gunners couldn't wear a parachute, they used to hang them behind the turret. Before Sergeant Alkemade could reach his 'chute it had burst into flames. His goggles started to melt and his skin was burning. He had 2 options burn to death or jump. He jumped from 18000 feet (over 3 miles high!) with no parachute. He was unconscious before he hit the ground. After 3 hours he regained consciousness very cold but with everything working. He had fallen into a pine tree which broke his fall and then into thick snow.

He needed help and blew the whistle, he was found by Germans who initially thought he was a spy. He was taken to Stalag Luft 3 where he spent the remainder of the war. Of the rest of the crew, the pilot and 3 crew died, wireless op and navigator survived.

Nicholas died in 1987 in Cornwall.

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Angry, Baffled, Goal-less
at 18:22 29 Jun 2016

and, at the end, England were not all there.

(Headline and sub headline Daily Mail July 12 1966)

England 0 Uruguay 0

Just been clearing an old brief case left at my mum's 50 years ago. I'd kept all the papers for the duration of the '66 World Cup.
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Cuckoo!
at 09:19 18 Apr 2016

First cuckoo heard this morning - hope he brought his thermals.
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Anyone watch the last 2 "Who do you think you are" programmes?
at 09:44 2 Oct 2015

Well worth a look if not. Frank Gardner, last week, had been told by family that his ancestor came over with the Normans. It transpired they didn't come over with William the Conqueror, he was William the Conqueror!

Anita Rani, last night, tragic and moving account of what befell her granddad's family during Partition in India in 1947.

Nothing as exiting as theirs, but my granddad's sister told me as a child that I was related to the last woman hanged in Bury, and how her grandmother watched Catherine Foster being taken by tumbril from Sudbury to Bury for trial. I've researched it recently to find Catherine was my great, great grandmother's sister.
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What a start to my day!
at 10:32 9 Jul 2015

I like my birds and today's walk was exceptional. As well as the usual suspects, I watched a hobby catch and eat a dragonfly, 2 marsh harriers lazily quartering a reed bed, then a bittern lifting from the reeds no more than 10m away from me. To cap it all on the way home a male Montagu's harrier flew low over my car.

I reckon there are some folks have never seen one let alone all of these beauties.

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Postive response by ITFC
at 13:29 24 Jun 2014

I've heard about poor communications and lack of flexibility from our club so my expectations were very low.

I contacted ITFC by e.mail this morning for help to arrange access to the ground and seating for my neighbour who is very poorly and who had given up all hope of ever seeing a live match again. He wants to see the Fulham match.

An answer to my query was both timely, within minutes, and very helpful. The club in fact couldn't have been more accommodating, positive and professional.

I'm not easily impressed but credit where it is due.





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