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Kaga simpson
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631 of 657  Tue 29th Oct 2019 5:59pm  
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The picture above is where I stayed for four nights in Sept 1954 as I posted on #511 and #514 (to keep it brief). The whole place was beautiful and as though time had stood still. - from the balcony the sea was like a jewelled pearl, the forest dense and mysterious. After eats, Sophia and I dressed in shorts, shirts and boots, and with sticks and backpacks crossed the road to the path. A few minutes later we changed paths. After nearly twenty minutes, Sophia stepped from the path into the undergrowth, swishing her stick (for snakes) - we came to a beautiful clearing near a mountain stream. She laid down a blanket, her shirt wide open, and said "Centuries ago this place belonged to the Greek Empire, with its myths and Gods, and this is their mountain - and we were on the path of the God, right now I feel like Aphrodite”. We stayed for about five hours, drinking wine, eating nuts, fruit, discussing our lives etc. We spent another hour on the path before returning to the hostel, where they were preparing for a party and dance - lights hanging from trees, tables loaded with food and fruit, locals with fiddles and accordions, about twenty people including a priest. I was dancing with Sophia (yes on that road) when I noticed the scooter. I stopped and walked over. It was an old airborne fold-up scooter. The owner, looking worried, walked over and spoke in excited Italian. Sophia explained to him why I was so interested and suddenly I'm a hero. But the priest and the hostel owner grabbed me, poured me wine. The priest asked me if I had been to Jerusalem - yes! More wine, I got drunk. I woke in a different, more luxurious room. Later Sophia and the hostel owner took me to another part of the building, unlocked a door - part of a very old church (take pages to explain) but pride of place was an old reed basket with a small fragment of wood nestled inside. This is what the priest had wanted me to see, a piece of the cross. The cross had been split into 19 pieces, four in Jerusalem, this one - the rest? The owner wanted me to stay, offered me two more nights free.
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Kaga simpson
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632 of 657  Sat 2nd Nov 2019 11:15am  
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Dreamtime Hear you’re having to wrap up warm, the weather’s changed, hope no storm But you and I in a blink of an eye, we can sit and see at the same time The Navi we both knew well, a far away scene, a long ago dream I parked my pony and trap outside your front door On the left the canal, the street on the right Of course you remember, the scene comes to light We have travelled much through the years, you and I We never met, but the dreams came true, from those years long ago
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Dr Phil 1949 to 1956
Ware Herts & Puerto Mogan Gran Canaria
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633 of 657  Tue 19th Nov 2019 11:01am  
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Hi Kaga Dr Phil here. Hope you are well and feeling good. Two of your posts caught my eye. the one about the trip to Italy with the mention of the Paras scooter. I knew this machine well, it was called Corgi in ‘55 when my friend from the Central Hall youth club, Brian Meads, rode one. I too rode it now and then. Brian had quite a bad accident with it. The fuel cock was positioned underneath the tank back from the seat and one day Brian reached for it when the engine was running and inadvertently caught his fingers in the chain (or drive pinion)! The result, chewed fingers. It was a while before he played cricket again, I can tell you, but he did, thank goodness! The other was in one of your posts you mentioned you were a gambler. This interests me as my son Andrew became a full time Professional Gambler after leaving Cambridge U and his first job at Marconi in Chelmsford. Andrew's particular poison was poker, Texas Holdem was his game. I might say that Andrew had developed his skill during his schooldays playing poker machines in that mecca of gambling machines, Portrush in Northern Ireland where we lived for nearly 30 years (troubles and all!) Now Andrew was gifted at maths, one of his first toys was a mechanical adding machine, stylus operated, and we used to josh him often by saying “What is your highest prime number now Andy?” Also, Andrew came 7th in the UK Maths Olympics trials when at school (Limavady Grammar School). Had he been in the top five he would have represented the UK at the Maths Olympics! I was not good at maths. Andrew played mostly internet poker but in this way won entry to the big game tournaments (Las Vegas, etc). He was a member of the Hendon Mob and knew Victoria Coren well. The highlight of his career was winning a tournament Big grin at Las Vegas, diamond bracelet and all. Andy Ward Bonified was his poker name, he is now retired and playing over 50's cricket, van driving for a food supply charity and enjoying himself. He is not married and lives by himself, he is still banned by several bookies. In my efforts in property speculation he lends me money now and again. How do you feel about gambling is my question and do you still do it? M Red tells me you are a lot older than me, so take it easy! Many regards Edited by member, 19th Nov 2019 2:16 pm
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Kaga simpson
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634 of 657  Tue 19th Nov 2019 11:47am  
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Dr Phill, Yes I was born in 1927. Have gambled Las Vegas - that's a lie! went to Vegas, but different sequence of table numbers made it impossible so toured the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead and dam. Tried to figure out the best way to 'blow it' (dam!) Yes, Ostend, Paris, Chantilly, Italy, Oz, Singapore, Honolulu. Twelve months ago I could still win 5 out of 7 times at roulette, but recently because of all the bad losers complaining, they changed the stakes system. Gambling is all about mathematics, the old bookmakers knew that, that's why they made a book. I didn't have a poker face, people could read me, I loved to express my feelings too much. You speak of left-handed, doesn't ‘Kaga’ ring a bell, although I'm not left-handed?
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Dr Phil 1949 to 1956
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635 of 657  Tue 19th Nov 2019 1:37pm  
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Hi Kaga, many thanks for your response I am sorry about the misunderstanding about you being left handed, one should never assume the odds are too high that one is wrong! And I did this twice in my post - not good. Yes, on age I worked out from some of your posts (Coventry Blitz) when you mention how old you were when experiencing the blitz. My wife Anne who lived in Prince of Wales Rd remembers it well as several houses were destroyed and were still in that state when I came to live close to her in ‘49. The locals were of the opinion that the Alvis Factory at the Coundon end of Four Pounds Avenue was the end marker after the bombers had made their run over the city when the planes turned left and jettisoned their remaining bombs as the flew off home. While I am on a post, maybe you can answer a question about something I saw a few years after the war that nobody from Coventry seems to remember. One day at school (time 12 ish I think) I was high up in my form room overlooking Warwick Rd, when with a gigantic roar a large number of Lancaster Bombers began to pass our window and carry on down the hill towards the city. They were quite low and so many they did block out much of the sky as they passed over us. It was a tremendous display and unforgettable to me. Was it some kind of RAF tribute to the damage Coventry suffered in Moonlight Sonata? Could it be that there are very few people in this forum who did not see this as they were too young to be present on this occasion? I don't know but I suspect it might be the case. Regards, Dr Phil
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Kaga simpson
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636 of 657  Tue 19th Nov 2019 2:49pm  
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Dr Phil, If it was between the start of 45 to early 48 I wasn't in Coventry so can't help you, I never heard of such. I flew over Coventry in one of three Lancasters about Sept 45, sort of friends between RAF and airborne trip. But someone on here may help you. Good luck, Kaga.
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637 of 657  Fri 22nd Nov 2019 4:35pm  
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My train of thought has just been broken by the sound of gurgling water and I'm back in Rome, sitting watching four niches unload water into a shallow stone dish of granite and marble. I try to decipher strange letters on the marble without success - we dodge across the road, horns blare. We stand by a building that Laura tells me was a palace 2,000 years ago - by sheer luck I had found a companion. Laura - very unusual, thirtyish but unmarried. Strikingly good-looking with a soft voice and gentle manner, she had the sort of radiant high spirits that made everyone turn round and smile. The square full of balconies, church bells and monuments, the sky broken and humid, the faint whiff of lemon. Rome, the Mediterranean with its irresistible pull. I felt twinges of power. I had always enjoyed museums and picture galleries, but here no stranger could let the city’s wonders elude him. As we loitered there, a clang from a tower routed dozens of pigeons and filled the sky with wings. I could have sat wrapped for hours but Laura raced away for two ice creams. On the way she spoke to a young girl, shook her head then the girl asked her another question. They both looked at me and burst out laughing. We ate the ice creams, but Laura would not tell me what the girl had asked. The Italians began to settle down for siesta and Laura guided me back to her apartment. She poured two glasses of wine, then excused herself. The apartment was clean, but books, letters and maps littered the place - I began to wonder how to conduct myself. Laura had changed into a long flowered dress. Her face radiant, she took a sip of her drink, then said, "You asked me what the young girl asked". I felt I was frowning. "Well, she asked if we were married, I said no, then she asked if we were lovers. We laughed when I said not yet". She dashed into another room, me hot on her heels.
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638 of 657  Mon 25th Nov 2019 10:16am  
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Dr Phil. Sorry, do not know of button. Do not know of modern betting games. Paris-mutuel of old, not modern. Hear Ladbrokes do not pay roulette odds anymore, where is the game going?
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Dr Phil 1949 to 1956
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639 of 657  Wed 27th Nov 2019 7:52pm  
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Hi Kaga Dr Phil here. I hope you are well, I am fine feeling the sun in Gran Canaria, there is a casino here but I am too much a Yorkshire man to risk any euros in a foreign country. Just yesterday I was walking round Puerto Mogan when I spotted a curious pepper pot type steel edifice about 10 feet high that immediately reminded me of something I regularly used to see in Pool Meadow in Coventry. That was the one man policeman’s air raid shelter that used to be there. It particularly reminded me of the last time I was there when I went by special coach from Coventry to Farnborough to see the air show (I was obsessed by fighter aircraft in those days) and this was in the glory days of British aviation in 1952 (?). Little did I know this was the time when British aviation started its decline. When I got there, it was to a crowd and staff in absolute shock. The previous day was the day when John Derry and the DH110 had crashed into the crowd and killed several people after the aircraft disintegrated in a high speed run over the crowd. Wreckage was scattered around all over the place! But the show must go on. Planes that impressed me, Hawker Hunter, Supermarine Swift, and a flyover by a DH Comet and best of all a flyby of a Princess Flying Boat, an incredible sight. I don't remember seeing the shelter again, maybe it was removed soon after? Regards Phil
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Kaga simpson
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640 of 657  Thu 28th Nov 2019 12:11pm  
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Dr Phil, Oh my, that 11am wind that swirls the sand everywhere, and drives you off the beach, not my cup of tea at all, but hope you have nice time. Regards, Kaga.
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Kaga simpson
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641 of 657  Mon 9th Dec 2019 5:32pm  
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1954 was a year to remember in Coventry - the Precinct, Owens and the Leofric were all nearly complete, so the town was buzzing, and I danced with a raven haired beauty at the Rialto who said she came from Northampton and was called Nan, she was an actress, and I was rude, laughed in her face. A few years later and she appeared in many films and had married Brian Forbes, the film mogul. About a dozen of us Coventry kids met in the pub opposite the Hippodrome - each of us had come out the Army at the same time, each of us was still on reserve. One telegram and we would be back in uniform, and Nasser of Egypt was threatening the Suez and the UK looked as if it was about to go to war again. Coventry wanted to rebuild its city and its economy, from the austere past. A great time to be a Coventry kid.
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642 of 657  Mon 9th Dec 2019 7:03pm  
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Dr Phil, re the pepper pot police shelter in Pool Meadow see #59 and #73 in Air Raid Shelter for photos! Edited by member, 9th Dec 2019 7:09 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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643 of 657  Tue 10th Dec 2019 2:13am  
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On 9th Dec 2019 5:32pm, Kaga simpson said: A few years later and she appeared in many films and had married Brian Forbes, the film mogul.
Nanette Newman - film actress.
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Kaga simpson
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644 of 657  Tue 10th Dec 2019 9:47am  
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Dreamtime Yes and she was gorgeous, she broke my heart as people say. Dreamtime On Classical Music the night before last they played the slow arrangement of Rodrigo Concierto - out of this world for me. By far the best arrangement I have ever heard.
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Dreamtime
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645 of 657  Tue 10th Dec 2019 5:11pm  
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Kaga, I am presuming you mean Rodrigo's Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) Aranjuez being a small town in Spain. London Symphony Orch. that's the best I have heard (conducted by Andre Previn.) So many variations but that's my favourite. Edited by member, 10th Dec 2019 5:16 pm
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