Les reflects on his youth with inevitable cpmparisons to the yout of today
Reading an article in one of our national newspapers made me think of my working days of years ago. Leaving school at 13 1 went straight to working on a farm for some 10 or so years, but then spent the next 40 years doing something entirely different.
Ron has come across some wonderful writings composed by soldiers in WWII and this is the first episode of what should be a fascinating series
Fred Highfield was called up for service in the armed forces in 1940, a carpenter by trade he was directed into the Royal Engineers. In 1941 he found himself among the sappers in North Africa clearing minefields in the desert by crawling forward and probing the sand with their bayonets. He witnessed his colleagues alongside him being blown up by mines. Later his unit found that they had been by-passed by the enemy and were trapped behind enemy lines, they were subsequently captured and Fred found himself in prisoner of war camps from then until the end of the war. Initially he was in a camp in Italy but later moved to Germany.
Ray looks back over the past year and muses about some of the stranger decisions taken by our leaders!
Well, it’s the end of yet another year! It only seems a couple of weeks ago since we were wishing everyone a happy 2005. And what a year it has been? There has hardly been a month without some major disaster’ mostly to areas already deprived where the people are already clinging to the most meagre of lives. Then there has been the continued threat from terrorists; both here at home and abroad.
The Christmas letter from keith MacLeod
It’s that time of year again! We are counting the shopping days to Christmas (which is now the same as the number of days to Christmas). The urge to give is great – among most of us. Some of us give, in the hope of receiving something back, but I think most parents with small children have most of their pleasure in what they give and the joy that creates.
A superb recipe for all those Christmas left-overs
A way to use left-over turkey, chicken, stuffing and stock
Serves 4 to 6
225 g / 8 oz bacon rashers
225 g / 8 oz left-over chicken or turkey