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Kaga simpson
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31 of 38  Fri 5th Feb 2016 4:24pm  
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But Tony we all realise that, but doesn't it get you when some top star muscles in and can't leave their fame from showing. And some youngsters would think it for real.
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TonyS
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32 of 38  Fri 5th Feb 2016 6:31pm  
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On 5th Feb 2016 4:24pm, Kaga simpson said: But Tony we all realise that, but doesn't it get you when some top star muscles in and can't leave their fame from showing....
Hi Kaga, no sorry, I just view it for what it is (although reports might suggest that the film is not as good as the original!) However, I do also believe that you are entitled to your own opinion. Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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33 of 38  Sun 7th Feb 2016 6:47pm  
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THE BRUTAL EDUCATION It was just turned my twelfth birthday and my school report once again placed me in the top three boys in the school at my age. My parents were pleased but there was a shadow hanging overhead, the daily paper told of all foreign diplomatic planes to leave Croydon airport, war was imminent. Soldiers were billeted on us, rifles and bayonets in reach of our hands, papers full of foreign names our geography teacher had never heard of, nearly everything we read was brutal, big guns in front and rear of us, lessons on gas and gas masks, teachers joined the forces leaving us short, evacuation, etc. father brought home a rifle from the home guard, brothers friends and cousins visited in various uniforms and weapons. By August 41 my real education had hardly progressed, but I could handle a rifle like a veteran, knew every rank in the forces, British and German, knew almost every plane in the sky, by joining the ATC knew more military stuff, my cadet uniform allowed me to go to, home guard meetings and read weapon manuals, and with the danger of invasion increasingly looming, there were many boys of my age in the cadets, or messengers, all knowing at some stage we would be embroiled further into war. Photos in the papers glared at us of broken bodies, torn limbs, along with what we witnessed of the bombing, by the time I was fifteen I had already been in the air, receiving flying instruction. This was the education of majority of boys of my age, and for boys a couple of years older??
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Kaga simpson
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34 of 38  Tue 9th Feb 2016 8:45am  
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Have no idea what our younger generation think of those times, but it is hard today to think the word "denim" was not around in those days, the first time I heard of denims was the 'yanks' working suit (overalls) a few years later.
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Janey
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35 of 38  Fri 12th Feb 2016 9:53pm  
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On 5th Feb 2016 2:10pm, TonyS said: I think you both miss the point, this is not a newsreel on Pathe News or a "history lesson", it's a bit of fun.
Oh for goodness' sake, I quite agree with TonyS, the film is a bit of fun. We went to see it on Tuesday last and thoroughly enjoyed its lightheartedness. Made a change from all the violence that is around! Thumbs up Edited by member, 12th Feb 2016 9:54 pm
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Kaga simpson
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36 of 38  Tue 16th Feb 2016 6:01pm  
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Janey, Not sure you will be interested but . . . At the beginning of the war, a fellow came fishing along the canal were I was evacuated, we got to know him and his wife, he was a bank manager in Ball Hill, and he was the spitting image of Captain Mainwaring, same mannerisms etc, same damn suit, and the way he looked at you, at that time he had a flat in Ball Hill above a shop, during the war they bought a large house in Ansty. The first time I saw the series I jumped out of the chair and said, I know that guy, he's from Ball Hill, but of course there was about a twenty year or so gap. After the war he still came back to fish, and my parents were friends for some years.
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Janey
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37 of 38  Tue 16th Feb 2016 8:33pm  
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Hi Kaga Wave Of course I am interested! I love some of your tales. I am sure you could write a book about them - my favourite was the one you told about the tin bath having to be carted upstairs and down again when granny or someone needed a bath. That was hilarious. Lol
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JBagley
Coventry
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38 of 38  Tue 5th Apr 2016 8:35am  
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I believe this is part of Courtaulds Home Guard It's certainly a Foleshill unit as my granddad, James Ernest Parker (2nd row, 2nd from right) lived in Parkstone Rd during the war, before moving to Booths Fields. Anyone any idea where it was taken ?
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