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Hamish
A present from my daughter, Hamish, as I call him came in a small box from the garden centre. There are dogs, owls and monkeys , all looking quite realistic: I've reassured her that I'll bring him in if it rains.
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Last Post: Apr 10, 2019 12:48pm
by Harry Dixon
GRAND NATIONAL 2019
Among the winners of the 3 versions this year were Elizabeth Durrant, (Magic of Light 2nd) and Gerald Cockroft (Rathvinden, 3rd) The event has come a long way since I began it in 2008. Will BETFOR still be in business after the WARWICK AGM in 2020 ?
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Last Post: Apr 9, 2019 5:22pm
by roy boyles
MIRA......MARE !!!!
Trieste “invasa” da studenti in gita, arrivi anche da Usa e Regno Unito That's the headline in Il Piccolo today; so British kids are subjected to being dragged round Mirablastedmare wedding cake non-castle and even allowed to see the plaque planted...
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Last Post: Apr 5, 2019 12:47pm
by Harry Dixon
Maltempo again in Trieste
The scene in Piazza della Borsa today: It has been worse of course:
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Last Post: Apr 3, 2019 6:12pm
by Harry Dixon
Non receipt of Journals
I have not received a quarterly Journal since the Autumn issue of 2018. Enquiries of the Editor and the Chairman have not been fruitful. OK I have not paid my subs for this year but without a current Journal I have no knowledge of the Treasure's address. Maybe the A...
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Last Post: Apr 3, 2019 4:13pm
by Roland
Photograph formats
No - nor do I understand but it seems that Il Piccolo has gone over to a new format which allows "greater compression" but has meant that I haven't been able to show their photos of Trieste etc. Luckily I've managed to convert their "webp" to jpeg: So there yo...
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Last Post: Apr 2, 2019 3:34pm
by Harry Dixon
Canal
One of my regrets is that, since I gave up cycling, I haven't been able to ride the canal towpaths. One of the frustrations I remember came when the canal had to follow the contours of the land and, if there were valleys and hills, you would find yourself riding alon...
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Last Post: Mar 28, 2019 8:38am
by Harry Dixon
Spring Is Sprung at Barcola
This photo of people "swimming" at Barcola comes from Il Piccolo. It's notable for at least two reasons; they're all making a splash in concert and there are folks with cameras to record the scene - so, in spite of the advent of Spring, it's clearly still a bit parky...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2019 1:37pm
by Harry Dixon
PORTILLO Rides Again
You may have seen the first showing of his great continental railway journey from Vienna to Trieste; well it's on again tomorrow Friday.
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Last Post: Mar 23, 2019 8:14am
by Harry Dixon
My Father-the late Douglas John Brown
My dad always spoke about his times in Trieste. I’m afraid i am unsure what year he was there, although he looks about 18 in the photo. He was born 22 March 1927 in Chiswick London, i have a photo of him in uniform at now i know to be Duino, the plaque behind h...
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Last Post: Mar 18, 2019 2:03pm
by Harry Dixon
SOUTHAMPTON GROUP MEETUP
Southampton group have a booking for lunch at Gusto in town centre starting at 11.30 this Thursday 24 May. We look forward to all who can make it to enjoy a light Italian lunch and talk about all things Trieste. Hope to see you there. Anyone with travel problem...
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Last Post: May 22, 2018 7:56am
by Paula
Even Friuli Venezia Gulia at the wedding!
ROYAL WEDDING Un gradese il re dei tovaglioli alle nozze di Harry e Meghan Si chiama Luigi Spotorno ed è il maestro scelto per l’atteso matrimonio reale. Ha inventato il nuovo modello con cui verranno piegate le salviette a corte A little notice fro...
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Last Post: May 18, 2018 9:13pm
by Larry Southgate
A double-decker library.
Another little snippet from the Il Piccolo website today. Bringing books to the people in a double-decker called Denis. An idea of Sara, a Triestina and Simone from Treviso, both librarians, to bring books to the people of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. To...
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Last Post: May 11, 2018 10:22pm
by Larry Southgate
Taxi drivers in revolt.
A little note from Il Piccolo web-site today which appears to have skipped by our newspapers. BELGRADE: A great European metropolis, paralized for more than 8 hours. By the anger of a few hundred taxi-drivers. This was the scene yesterday in Belgrade where, fr...
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Last Post: May 11, 2018 10:10pm
by Larry Southgate
Anniversaries?????????
Strange that so far this year there has been hardly any mention as to what signification 8 May holds. Well, on the night of 7 May I was in a convalescent depot in Hasselt in Belgium. Finally, the war was over. We were given permission by the CO of the convalesc...
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Last Post: May 7, 2018 9:44pm
by Larry Southgate
M.Escher
This artist has fascinated me for years.I have a large book full of much of his work.What a fantastic imagination
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Last Post: May 6, 2018 12:30pm
by Harry Dixon
Premium Bonds.
I never, until this evening, realised how very,very difficult it is nowadays to buy Premium Bonds. I had a windfall this month and as I have a few quid now in my bank, I thought I would buy some more Premium Bonds. I have a standing order with my bank to purchase...
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Last Post: May 5, 2018 8:31pm
by Larry Southgate
The Fraud Squad.
This may turn out to be a trifle long so if you want to scroll on, be my guest. Yesterday I deposited quite a large sum of money in my bank account as the result of an inheritance. Made one or two investments then decided to go on line in the afternoon and book ho...
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Last Post: May 4, 2018 1:54pm
by Harry Dixon
PHOTO: Escher's pictures were often mathematical puzzles.........
..... but this, in a current exhibition in the Netherlands, is an "Italian landscape". You don't have to like it - but it is very interesting.
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Last Post: May 2, 2018 3:04pm
by Harry Dixon
Bank Holiday weekend.
Seeing the weather forecast today, I note that they say we should have a 'fine' weekend with temperatures in the low 20s. That'll make a change from the normal because normally when it is a bank holiday weekend we generally get a downpour. Has to be seen to be be...
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Last Post: May 1, 2018 9:15pm
by Larry Southgate
TIME........?????
"It doesn't seem all that long ago that were there." Time flies. It's surely not all that long ago since...... All these thoughts must be fairly common. Yet the reality is there. We don't go out jogging because.....we don't feel like it or is it really that we ca...
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Last Post: May 1, 2018 10:55am
by Harry Dixon
Domain
When I logged on earlier I was met by a betting firm's advert. Some people enter the message forum via the website. I'm getting Bravenet to put it all right. There's a small notice saying that it expired on 20th April. This is not so. It is "recurred" automatically...
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Last Post: Apr 23, 2018 6:17pm
by Harry Dixon
The liner REX
A few years ago there was a lengthy correspondence in this forum about the wrecks seen in the bay by early BETFOR arrivals. One of the wrecks was that of the Rex, most famous of Italian liners. It was sunk by a British plane, possibly by rocket fire. Il Piccolo carr...
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Last Post: Apr 18, 2018 9:00pm
by Larry Southgate
Bobbies
Why do the Italians have so many different kinds. They often come under the general term of "vigili" and they include the vigili urbani, (ordinary town bobbies) and the carabinieri, who are said to be more military and who often carry arms. There has recently been...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2018 9:37pm
by Larry Southgate
Il Piccolo Archived on the Web
There have been several items which seem to say that Il Piccolo's archives are to be made public on the web. I have tried to find a way in to see if there are items from the days of the FTT which can be seen - but so far I've been unsuccessful' I'd be very grateful i...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2018 12:37pm
by Harry Dixon
2018 Grand National
Among the winners this year were BETFOR members, Les Bell, Geoffrey Jarman Bill Mills and Jim Greaves all of whom were at the Bedford reunion in March. Their respective Bank a/c's will be refreshed in the next day or two. Comiserations to several others whose nags...
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Last Post: Apr 15, 2018 10:51am
by roy boyles
Grump Pt3
Gold Coast Games.Why.Why.Why.do they persist in regarding rifle shooting as a sport?Are snipers sportsmen?Will the Israeli sharpshooters be rewarded with gold medals for every Palestinian shot? Bows and arrows are at least harmless,but if bycicle racing is a sporting...
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Last Post: Apr 15, 2018 8:53am
by Dave 796 RAF
grumpiness
Unlike Harry I confess to varied feelings of grumpiness.I lie awake in my lonely bed ,disapproving of many facets of modern behaviour.Not least of which is FACEBOOK.So much so that I recently disassociated my self from it's membership.An organisation which started so...
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Last Post: Apr 9, 2018 9:34pm
by Larry Southgate
Further grump[ness
Part 2 So well but now has devolved into an outfit which will sell it's members private information to anyone who can afford it.Furthermore the boss when invited to come and justify his actions by our Parliament,refuses and offers the services of two of his minions...
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Last Post: Apr 9, 2018 11:27am
by Roy Walter
Journal 61 Spring 2018
Well done Geoff for the latest journal bursting with interesting items. At double the size you had a big task this quarter. The photos from Bedford have come out really well, thanks. Very exciting to see the new member, Brian Collins, lives 5 minutes away from me....
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Last Post: Apr 8, 2018 2:29pm
by Paula
"Maturity"
"Maturity" is a positive thing; we like mature cheese, mature wine and we look down on immaturity, which we equate with silliness and excessive frivolity but we see around us every day, the downsides of getting "older". We sometimes read of "elderly" drivers, and fin...
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Last Post: Apr 8, 2018 1:05pm
by Harry Dixon
Why not say goonite or cheers when leaving our site?
Harry, is there any way you can put up a method of shutting down our web-site after one has visited? I hate having to just abandon the site without shutting it down. Seems like not saying bye-bye to a friend when you leave them after a drink in the pub. Not tha...
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Last Post: Apr 6, 2018 8:57pm
by Larry Southgate
Montalbano Comes North
TRIESTE Che il commissario Montalbano lasci la sua amata Sicilia è un evento davvero raro, ma questa volta il personaggio interpretato da Luca Zingaretti e nato dalla penna di Andrea Camilleri volerà in Friuli per indagare su un nuovo caso di omicidio....
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Last Post: Apr 6, 2018 8:51pm
by Larry Southgate
Easter greetings
Happy Easter to you all and hope you have not fallen for any April fools this morning! Thought it safe to post now that midday has passed. As my Italian family always send me on April 1st; Sono sbarcati i marziani, chiudetevi tutti in casa! Buon pesce d’a...
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Last Post: Apr 1, 2018 5:03pm
by Harry Dixon
Training for War!
I’ve been reading with amusement Harry’s accounts of his joining the Army so I thought I would add to the hilarity by recounting my experiences on joining the Army. I volunteered first of all to join the Air Force and went up to their offices in Bristo...
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Last Post: Mar 30, 2018 8:52pm
by Larry Southgate
Grumpy Old Men
Let me say straight away, “I am not a G.O.M.” It's true I'm pretty ancient I do sometimes find that I don't approve of one or two things, but there's always a reason for that I put a lot of it down to change, the modern tendency to alter things which a...
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Last Post: Mar 30, 2018 8:27pm
by Larry Southgate
Let's take the mickey!
I hope to paste hereunder a copy of an e-mail I received in my mail-box tonight. I will hopefully translate the sentences. Here's you chance to take part in a Survey from Italy and maybe have some effect. What the hell, let's take the mickey out of 'em! son...
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Last Post: Mar 28, 2018 9:06pm
by Larry Southgate
25th March 1950.
I got married to a beautiful young lady in Trieste on 25 March 1950. It was also on a Sunday and more to the point it was Easter Sunday. And this is the first time 25 March has fallen on a Sunday since then. More to the point, it has just missed being also East...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2018 8:34pm
by Larry Southgate
LAST POST
It is with great sadness that I need to report the death of William Shortland who served in Ops Section of Trieste Security Office in 1953 and 1954. Bill is pictured on the left of this photograph, taken in 1953. He was the youngest in the section; he and I were t...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2018 12:40pm
by Harry Dixon
Re: Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 17A :
Good morning – Hopefully, by the time I have finished this mornings Chapter of these gripping episodes, I have managed to disconnect myself from Chapter 16. Fingers crossed, but I must say I have started this twice now and have switched myself off before I hav...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2018 8:18am
by Dave 796 RAF
Riobello Italian Restaurant
Having just received the journal in the post and reading about the restaurant for the gala dinner at the AGM weekend I was amazed to see Channel 5 had a programme last night showing Alex Polizzi and brother-in-law perform a makeover on the said restaurant. It seems t...
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Last Post: Feb 10, 2018 3:50pm
by Larry Southgate
A home in Sardinia.
My son Paul has just come in to see me with his tablet. He has an app on it called Mail Online. On that app, there is a notice of homes for sale in Sardinia for 90 pence. Deadline for applications is 7 February. There are also other locations in Italy where hou...
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Last Post: Feb 2, 2018 8:15pm
by Larry Southgate
Previous post
The name Wainright is apparently wrong My hearing is poor but I know the first name is Gordonmso if you are there Gordon email me
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Last Post: Dec 20, 2017 10:59am
by Rpy Walter
Existing member?
If there is someone calledWainright out there please get in touch I had a garbled message on my answerphone whilst my laptop was out of action.I think it said he knew me but I did'nt know him.At the moment he's right.
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Last Post: Dec 19, 2017 12:58pm
by Rpy Walter
Regional Meeting
A very welcome email from Charlie Dunnet tells me that their meeting last week was very pleasant and that their next will be on Friday 2nd March 2018 at the Rushbrooke Arms Sicklesmere at 1130 hrs. Charlie's phone number is 01473 745693. I’m sure Charlie won...
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Last Post: Dec 18, 2017 1:04pm
by Harry Dixon
Un'espresso,signor?
A twitter on the Il Piccolo web-site tonight - "Discover Trieste". Trieste and coffee - the annual average consumption of coffee per head in Italy is 5.8 kg but in Trieste it is 10 kg. This and other anecdotes you may find in :- #Trieste Coffee Tour. discover-t...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2017 10:03pm
by Larry Southgate
70th Anniversary of 1000 troops demobbed from Trieste
A member of the Southampton local group put me in touch with Lorenzo Ielen in Trieste. As some of you are aware he had just published his doctorate thesis on the occupation of UK/USA forces, in the area, from 1945 to 1954. In a document he used in his thesis (GHQ ...
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Last Post: Dec 16, 2017 8:55pm
by Larry Southgate
Why can't they stop mucking about.........
..........with things - techie folk, I mean? Now it's Microsoft people and Windows. The last "update" seemed to last only a matter of weeks; then the latest batch of "reforms". Perhaps I'm the only one whose Bookmarks (Favourites) look different and behave oddly....
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Last Post: Dec 12, 2017 12:57pm
by Harry Dixon
FIERA SAN NICOLO
The Fiera San Nicolo is to be held until 8th December........where?
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Last Post: Nov 30, 2017 8:45pm
by Larry Southgate
The south Stafford in Trieste in 1952 ?
Can any one tell me if they saw the the members of the south staffs Regiment in Trieste in 1952.
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Last Post: Oct 15, 2017 11:06am
by Les Walker
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