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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 21st November 2015

I am a Patron of Souvenir Français.   Le Souvenir français is a French association for maintaining war memorials and war memory, comparable to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission but very much smaller.

Today we gathered at Chatham in the de-commissioned and very impressive St. George's Church behind which is a Memorial to the French Prisoners from the Napoleonic War.   Hundreds of Frenchmen died in England and they are remembered In November every year - just as our War Dead are honoured where they fell in many countries around the world - in Europe and the Far East.

I've been attending for several years and though we are only a small gathering, we doubled our numbers today - I'm sure that the tragic events in Paris last weekend have heightened our awareness of the cost in human suffering of war and terrorism.

It is a simple ceremony and we are always honoured by a visit from the encumbent Medway Mayor resplendent in his official robes and accompanied by his Mace bearer. Today we held a 2 minute silence after the Last Post was sounded and I am sure our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy was going to all those bereaved last weekend and to the relatives of the plane crash victims in Egypt.

Life is precious and fragile.  Yesterday is History - Tomorrow a Mystery - all we have is the Present of Today.


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