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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.

WAR MEMORIAL TRUST

Date: 24th February 2014

Some time ago, through the Cathedral office, we had a request for volunteers to work with the War Memorial Trust to go into schools and inform the youngsters about the importance of War Memorials.  I've been horrified at the desecration of War Memorials and also the theft of the plaques naming the men who gave their lives for their country - so I thought it was my duty to fill in the form.  I've been accepted and start training tomorrow.  I've never stood in front of a class load of children before but am assured that there will be a teacher in attendance - so we will see.

I don't subscribe to the glorification of War but so long as men are men and power and money are at the forefront,  there will be wars.  But what I do believe in is honouring our dead and the sacrifices they made.  In today's 'have it all, have it now' society perhaps we can make the young realise what their freedom cost in human lives.

There was also a huge cost in animal life.  I watched the documentary 'War Horse' the other evening - nothing to do with the dramatisation on the stage.  It was absolutely chilling and at the end of the day, having been worked to a standstill, their thanks was a shot in the head because the cost of repatriation was too great.  There was a photo of a horse, standing and waiting execution, in full view of other horses being flayed - I wept buckets.  In the first World War, man could choose to 'join up' - the horses and pack mules had no such choice.

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