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thomo
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Posted -  25/12/2009  :  00:14
One of the wonderful things about our country is the diversity of place names,some of which, the origins are quite vague. Barnoldswick is where most of us are,, twelve letters, none repeated, it was at one time registered as the longest place name as such. Stixwold, Tumby Woodside, Piddletrenthide, Affpuddle, the list is endless. One of my favourites is "Nemphnet Thrubwell sounds like a hangover" and before I snuff it , I want to have a look. But "Wooton Basset", we surely have all heard of. A beautiful English town which has been transformed into a place of honouring  the sadness of conflict. Few weeks go by without the sight of  its people paying their respects to the young men and women of this country passing through, now joined by members of the families of the fallen. The sight of the Globemaster Aircraft arirving at RAF Lyneham and discharging their solemn cargoes, the slow and dignified progress through this lovely place. I like a "Wet" and I am going to make sure that I have one in the "Cross Keys" in Wooton Basset, and thank the landlady and all present for what they have done and continue to do. They have been given an award in the past week and they deserve it. So my good wishes this Christmas go to the people of "Wooton Basset". Bless you all, have a good Christmas and may your welcome duties soon be discharged.


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Posted - 12/01/2010 : 11:52
Looks like one member of the Government has found his dangly bits and proscribed Islam4UK as a terrorist organisation. Nolic
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8453560.stm


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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 13/03/2010 : 22:18
Just a small tribute to a special group of people on a special day.

THERE'S SADNESS IN A MOTHERS EYES, THERE'S GRIEF, THERE'S PAIN AND TEARS,
SHE'S LOST THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF LIFE,
 THE CHILD SHE LOVED FOR YEARS
SHE STANDS WITH FRIENDS ON THE QUIET STREET,
 SHE IS NOT, THANK GOD ALONE,
 THERE ARE OTHERS ALL AROUND HER, THEIR COMPASSION PLAINLY SHOWN.

THIS IS NOT HOME, THE PLACE SHE KNOWS, THAT MAY BE FAR AWAY,
WHATEVER PLACE SHE COMES FROM
SHE WILL NOT FORGET THIS DAY.
THE BIG GREY BIRD HAS LANDED, THERE WON'T BE LONG TO WAIT.
SHE THINKS, OF THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM,
 GOING PROUDLY THROUGH THE GATE.

THE CROWD NOW HUSHED WITH FACES SET, THEY TURN THEIR HEADS TO SEE,
THE CORTEGE, AS IT MAKES ITS WAY,
SO VERY SOLEMNLY.
THE FLAGS ARE LOWERED, SALUTES ARE MADE,
THE OLD COMRADES, ALWAYS THERE,
AND NOW HER CHILDS BEFORE HER,
HOW MUCH MORE CAN SHE BEAR.

THE PAIN WILL PASS, THE GRIEF WILL FADE, THE TEARS WILL COME LESS OFTEN,
SHE WILL THINK OF THAT DAY AND THE STRANGERS,
WHO WILL, BE NEVER, NO, NEVER FORGOTTEN.
SO ON THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY,
BE PROUD OF OUR GREATEST ASSET,
AND RAISE A GLASS TO THOSE WONDERFUL FOLK,
AND THE MUMS OF WOOTTON BASSETT.



Edited by - thomo on 13/03/2010 11:16:53 PM


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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 03:45
Thomo, why don't you send this to the mayor of Wootten Bassett? Nolic


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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 10:48
Well done, Thomo. Have you seen this BBC news? It's dated today so I assume it happens today, 14th March.

"Nearly 15,000 motorcyclists are due to converge on Wootton Bassett to honour the people of the Wiltshire town - and the soldiers killed in Afghanistan. With each biker paying £5 to take part, organisers expect to raise £75,000 for the charity Afghan Heroes. The mass convoy will meet on the M4, before passing slowly through Wootton Bassett in staggered groups of 2,000. Local MP James Gray said people in the town appreciated the gesture and were "very supportive of it indeed".

Full story here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/england/wiltshire/8566626.stm

On a less happy note is this BBC news:
"Burglars have broken into the home of French Resistance heroine Andree Peel, it has emerged. Mrs Peel, who died last week aged 105, helped save more than 100 Allied pilots and spent her final years in Long Ashton, near Bristol. A police spokesman said Mrs Peel's house in the village had been broken into some time after she died at her care home. Her friend Martin Fisher said the burglary was "despicable". Known as Agent Rose, Mrs Peel helped dozens of British and US pilots escape from occupied Europe."

When she died recently it was in all the newspapers, so it was widely known that her house was empty. Some of the stolen goods were being offered for sale in local pubs shortly afterwards, which says something more about the stupidity and ignorance of the burglars. I hope it helps police catch them quickly

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Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 11:04
Thanks for that Tizer, and following the suggestion above from Another I have done a fair copy and written a letter to the Mayor and Mayoress as follows;

Dear Sir and Madam.

please find enclosed a copy of a short set of verses written yesterday for posting on our local website for Mothers Day.I have a topic on the site about Wootton Bassett inspired by the wonderful way your community honours our fallen heroes on their sad return home, We here are fortunate not to have had any Names added to this growing toll of the fallen.
what you do is considered by many to be truly outstanding and I am sure that I can safely say that you have the support and best wishes of the majority of the Nation.
Good luck to you all from this old Mill Town on the Yorkshire/Lancashire Border.

Post Script;   If anyone wishes to add anything to this I will hold the letter open until 4.00pm today at which point I will be entrusting it to the Royal Mail!!

Edited by - thomo on 14/03/2010 11:09:12 AM


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moh
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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 11:33
That reduced me to tears - I usually shed a few when I see that plane landing.


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Tizer
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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 11:36
Thanks for writing the letter Thomo, a good job done.


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Posted - 14/03/2010 : 11:50
Thomo, you've said everything that needs to be said. Nolic


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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 15/03/2010 : 00:02
There now, the letter has gone, I have seen the press on the "Bikers " efforts, well done them. Sorry about the tears Moh, in truth I came apart twice whilst writing it. The "Big Grey Bird" is a Globemaster, Gentle Giant of the sky's, her cargo's are beyond value. If I get any feedback I will post it on here.


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Chrissyp
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Posted - 15/03/2010 : 10:11
Made me blub too. Lovely Thomo. Well done the bikers looked a fantastic day. Wooton Bassett  and its residents are the greatest. Though I do not want to have to go there.


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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 15/03/2010 : 11:06
Welcome Chrissyp and thank you. I will have to go to Bristol soon to see my new Grandaughter and whilst in that area I may call in at WB and visit the Cross Keys for a "Wet".


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Posted - 12/04/2010 : 20:51
Image
Not a very good copy, but there you are. And I am going to go there, and have a "wet" in the Cross Keys and see their memorial. Good luck to them, I dont know just when, but I will be taking the camera.


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Posted - 13/04/2010 : 06:36
The copy posted in pictures is easier to read. Nolic


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frankwilk
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Posted - 13/04/2010 : 07:31
We never see very much of the Ambulances waiting for the C 17 most days of the week. I know of two shot and wounded this past week who had to be flown home to Selly Oak.
Selly Oak is becoming full up with the injured, one good thing about Selly Oak it has become a Centre of Excellence within the NHS. Pity the Goverment had to be shamed into raising the standard and create a Military Hospital within a Hospital.

I read an article last week, written by  Lt Col who said that he thought W B was not good for the morale of our troops, or families. He has a point but, it is a double edged sword. Do you or don't you show respect  and a nations thanks for our Soldiers killed in battle defending us who are left  at home, and if it is not at WB where is it ??

I have a white shirt  hanging up in my wardrobe with a RM regimental tie, along with my Blazer with a ship's badge on the pocket. I just hope I don't need them during this deployment of our local RM Commando unit.

Edited by - frankwilk on 13/04/2010 07:34:50 AM



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thomo
Barlick Born Old Salt


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Posted - 13/04/2010 : 09:21
I second your last Frank, I used to have an old friend who was the Senior Surgeon at Selly Oak, he was proud of his job and the Hospital, did you see the TV prog two weeks ago about the wounded being brought back, most of them come back through Brize Norton as opposed to Lyneham.


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