British Element Trieste Force 1945 - 1954
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….…….fist, and most important, thank you Geoff for a most pleasant surprise this morning; - the Betfor journal dropped on the mat. Thank you Tom and Sarah too. It brought a timely reminder to pay subs to Roland. I needed a pleasant surprise; the...
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Last Post: Jan 11, 2019 3:18pm
by Paula
Strange that only yesterday I said Il Piccolo reported a lot of road accidents and today they have an item about Ireland - still not a fascinating fact about Trieste I know - but still interesting. There's a picture of an Irish scene: and then a photo of th...
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Last Post: Jan 5, 2019 12:43pm
by Harry Dixon
TRIESTE . The Spectator visit.
A 2 page article in this weeks edition mentions the UK/US 'occupation' 45 to 54.
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Last Post: Jan 5, 2019 10:47am
by roy boyles
Evacuation of families
Hi I have just been back to Trieste for the first time in just over 60 years. I was born 1952 in Aldershot so can only have been around a year old when I was evacuated from Trieste with my mother. My Dad, S. Sgt. Green was in the RAMC. I am very hazy re the story an...
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Last Post: Jan 3, 2019 1:21am
by Michael Barnacoa...
Happy new year to everyone. Look forward to the posts of 2019.
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Last Post: Dec 31, 2018 10:48pm
by Paula
Dinner for one
almost time to view the New Year offering of this classic sketch. You can see it on You Tube. It has been around since the early 60's (especially in Germany.
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Last Post: Dec 30, 2018 11:32am
by roy boyles
The latest News from North Wales :
My apologies for the long break in transmission but with one thing happening after another I really don't remember where we were up to. But, to ease my conscience I thought as a "Christmas Treat" I'll send out the latest news, if I can still find my way around this m...
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Last Post: Dec 27, 2018 10:28am
by Derek Lance
Messages sent to 58 BETFOR contacts on my 2008 list at 1300hrs today. Just one 'failure to connect' (so far) and 8 early responses.
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Last Post: Dec 19, 2018 4:23pm
by Paula
Facebook for Seniors ...(by email from Roy Boyles)
Received from Roy Boyles today:
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Last Post: Dec 8, 2018 9:56am
by Derek Lance
Huawei (Say Wahway)
In the news today because it's Chinese and the Americans say that the Chinese are going to be able to spy on stuff on line. So some countries are banning the use of Huawei gear in sensitive installations. I don't want to worry you but I've posted this from my Huaw...
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Last Post: Dec 6, 2018 12:53pm
by Harry Dixon
Euphemisms... bathrooms.... shithouses... not for the delicately nurtured.
There are few topic which have produced more euphemisms than the natural process of emptying ones clog - to use a euphemisms from my childhood. Do you remember those holes in the ground that we met sometime when we used a public "loo" (euphemism" from the French)...
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Last Post: Dec 4, 2018 8:41am
by Roland
A few days ago our Bravenet fee "recurred" ie it was automatically swiped from my account. I did think of raising this question before the event but decided it was best left until there was no time element involved. The question is, "Has this "Message forum", as Brav...
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Last Post: Dec 3, 2018 1:53pm
by Harry Dixon
What Wond'rous Life Is This I Lead........!
But it feels as if the whole world is passing me by; there are so many things I'm baffled by. Why, for example, does the BBC insist on making trailers for programmes that seem designed to put you off watching? " "Maxfac I think it's called; keeping track of traf...
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Last Post: Nov 28, 2018 1:31pm
by Harry Dixon
Local bye-laws emanating this month from the local Coucill.
Two new "local bye-laws", just been issued by the local council. The "Vigili Urbani" (the local white capped police) are now to be allowed to carry arms when on duty. and secondly: No more than 30% of children of foreigners in the city will be allowed to enrol in...
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Last Post: Nov 27, 2018 8:32pm
by Larry Southgate
Les Walker formerly of York and of late The Royal Hospital Chelsea passed away last Thursday 22nd November 2018 after a long illness and with his loving daughter Christine at his side.
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Last Post: Nov 27, 2018 6:25pm
by Harry Dixon
Wild life.
This is a disconsolate squirrel; I've no idea what he's chewing on here but he's had several goes at my bird feeders which have sunflower seed hearts in them. The squirrel baffle does exactly that; I've seen him swarming up - and sliding down. more recently, he m...
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Last Post: Nov 21, 2018 2:37pm
by Harry Dixon
2018 Remembrance Day
I should be interested to hear how Remembrance Day was marked by any of our members or in their localities and also what are their thoughts/comments on these events.
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Last Post: Nov 13, 2018 2:02pm
by Harold Dixon
The question of a new topic. Can one of you come up with a way that BETFOR will be remembered by genneration to come ?. Remember that the sands of time are running out and we cannot keep putting it of until tomorrow.⏳⏳⏳⏳⏳⏳'
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Last Post: Nov 11, 2018 12:43pm
by Paula
The route is known. Begins in BOLOGNA and ends in the VERONA Arena. 3 weeks later. TS does not feature this time.
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Last Post: Nov 7, 2018 7:54am
by roy boyles
Swing That Lamp
Old times - well "only" six or so years ago, there were some interesting posts kicked off by a mention of Tyrone Power who appeared in a film about Trieste called "Diplomatic Courier". I don't intend to go over them all but, if you have a few minutes, type any...
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Last Post: Oct 31, 2018 2:39pm
by Harry Dixon
À la Recherche du Temps Perdus ..............Nostalgia
Like "Ulysses", Marcel Proust's novel (7 volumes) is well known for being unread but it was recently brought to mind when we were reminiscing about old times with a very old friend. It's half-term round here but where are all the kids? Not playing out; we did see thr...
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Last Post: Oct 29, 2018 2:43pm
by Harry Dixon
I see the Royal Naval Association have started a scheme for certain of it,s veterans to be provided with tablets putting them in touch with fellow members elsewhere.Don,t tell me we havent the funds.Crowdfunding is a possibility.Comments please.
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Last Post: Oct 20, 2018 12:36pm
by Roland
Southampton’s group lunch date
The Southampton group have a lunch booking at Gusto lounge Commercial Road on 1st November from about 11.30 onwards. We are a very friendly group with some second generation members and offer a warm welcome to all who may be in the area on that day. Our summer spec...
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Last Post: Oct 17, 2018 5:59pm
Roll Call
Reference is made, on the Home page, to the Roll Call, listing members names, addresses etc. It seems to have disappeared, or been removed. Where is it please and why? Can it be restored please?
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Last Post: Oct 14, 2018 1:09pm
by Harry Dixon
Time....."Loyalry"...."conned"...... ?
Just a few moans from a grumpy old sod. Larry told how advertisements are not often (or ever) to be trusted. Well Christmas has been on us this year, it seems to me, earlier than ever; I saw a snowy model village being set up in the garden centre in mid-September....
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Last Post: Oct 13, 2018 8:55am
by Harry Dixon
More Tales From Wales - Chapter 20
Morning all - and a warm welcome to the ever continuing saga in this Tales from Wales – Chapter 20. My how time does fly when really enjoying oneself! Locally at least, the weather is as promised last night – bright but very cold. The temperature ou...
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Last Post: Oct 7, 2018 9:57am
by Dave 796 RAF
Re: Greetings & Yet More Tales from Wales - Chapter 19.
Good morning all and welcome to Chapter 19 of these meanderings. The month of June seems an appropriate date to start a fresh chapter; I really should have done it in May. Never mind, you won’t have to trawl through yards of old stuff to get to the latest wee...
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Last Post: Oct 6, 2018 11:03am
by Paula
just returned from Northern France where the family (10 of us) commemorated my father-in-law going into action with the 4th Batt Grenadier Guards NW of Cambrai on 27th September. They were not in the trenches but almost halfway through the Hundred Day Offensive which...
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Last Post: Oct 2, 2018 12:43pm
by roy boyles
Il Piccolo
Il Piccolo has changed a few things; I suppose they are feeling the pinch, like all our newspapers, of competing with the on-line world of "social media", tablets, and smart phones. My first concern was that they were setting up a pay-wall but there was a help line s...
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Last Post: Oct 2, 2018 11:08am
by Harry Dixon
There's pensions and there's pensions.
We have in the past been reminded when we complained about pensions in the UK been told that the pensions for old age on the Continent were much higher than in the UK. Tonight, I had the occasion to phone one of my brothers-in-law, who lives near to Tarvisio to con...
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Last Post: Sep 30, 2018 9:50am
by Dave 7796 RAF
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