British Element Trieste Force 1945 - 1954
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Bunthorne's back.......
Reginald was the chap who started off this message board when the "interim" became censorious and was allied to the Filthistan trio - anyhow that's all ancient history and the message board is nearer to its end than its beginning. Bunthorne used to set a puzzle from...
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Last Post: May 8, 2019 6:28pm
by Harry Dixon
Villa Necker
Il Piccolo's website has a photo of Villa Necker. There is an article outlining the building's military history, mentioning Napoleon but not the building's role during the time of the FTT and AMG. I never had any occasion to go there but I think it was used as HQ for...
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Last Post: May 6, 2019 10:59am
by Harry Dixon
Al via i lavori di restauro del Museo ferroviario di Campo Marzio a Trieste
Work on retoring……...railway etc etc My email from Il Piccolo this morning began with this "news of the day". A group of railway enthusiasts have been working on this for some time. This is the station which used to serve as the Trieste termina...
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Last Post: May 5, 2019 12:32pm
by Harry Dixon
Il Piccolo has this photo at the head of its website. It reminds me of my first assignment when I joined Ops section in TSO.. It was customary to hold "manifestazioni" (demonstrations) on the First of May; May Day was celebrated here; now it's the Spring Bank Holiday...
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Last Post: May 4, 2019 7:27am
by Harry Dixon
Promises, promises.....
The folks at Bravenet don't often email me - but when they do, I fear the worst. The most recent foretold of an exciting upgrade that is soon to infect our "hosting". I have to confess that I didn't understand anything about the delights that await us in a few weeks'...
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Last Post: Apr 29, 2019 11:29am
by Harry Dixon
Incompetent National Serviceman, Perpatrated by James S Mcleish
(This is the beginning of Jim's reminiscences. When he sent it to me some years ago it was in meticulous typescript; I scanned it using OCR (don't ask) and it worked well but mistook some letters for others and sometimes started a new line where none was needed. Some...
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Last Post: Apr 28, 2019 12:43pm
by Harry Dixon
I am interested to know if any of our band of readers ever view the delights of You Tube with its millions and millions of videos. Just mention TS in the search box and off you go. I have just viewed the funeral procession of Franz Ferdinand in July 1914 and the firs...
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Last Post: Apr 24, 2019 8:24am
by roy boyles
Trieste's Tourism is Booming
Il Piccolo reports that accommodation for tourists is "sold out". It is also to be the setting for two "Hollywood" films: one being filmed at Miramare is "The Hitman's Wife" the other, to be filmed in the Cavanna and Piazza Unita is to "star" Trieste, Cavana p...
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Last Post: Apr 21, 2019 1:21pm
by Harry Dixon
TRIESTE'S OLD PORT ........Porto Vecchio
"Noi Il Piccolo" was set up as a response to the digital age when fewer folk are buying paper newspapers. As with some of our papers, to get full access to all articles you need to join - and pay. I'm not quite sure what my status is; I did sign up and I get regular...
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Last Post: Apr 21, 2019 12:03pm
by Paula
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This is a much belated notice of the sad passing of Jim McLeish. It's doubly sad because his passing has remained unknown to us since February 2017. I'm indebted to Gerald Cockroft for passing on the news. Jim, Gerald and I were in TSO together. Many of you will reme...
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Last Post: Apr 13, 2019 12:49pm
by Harry Dixon
The foibe were the deep pits in the limestone of the Carso which were the scene of vengeful punishments, when during the "40 days of terror" suspected pro-fascists and collaborators with the Germans were thrown alive down the shafts with hands and feet bound with...
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Last Post: Apr 12, 2019 1:43pm
by Harry Dixon
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
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
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
Who will be in Yorkshire this weekend for the annual BETFOR get-together ? With the passing of Larry Southgate, probably age wise our Senior Citizen and the known non attendance of several regulars.the ranks are likely to be thin on the ground. Will there be a propos...
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Last Post: Mar 17, 2019 5:46pm
by roy boyles
AGM weekend
Just wishing you all a lovely weekend for the committee meeting and AGM. Sorry I cannot be with you but remembering the weekend in Bedford last year and all the faces I put to names!
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Last Post: Mar 16, 2019 9:37am
by Paula
Who Is This Man ?
It's Tim Berners-Lee; he inveneed the internet. The very fact that I can type this here and you can read it where-ever you are - in Wigan, Hastings, Capetown, Caracas, or anywhere - is due to him. My eldest son is a physicist and I can remember his telling me...
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Last Post: Mar 12, 2019 1:31pm
by Harry Dixon
What do you think of that ? !!!!!!
Astounding news from Il Piccolo that the public lavatory charges in Ragusa (their name for Dubrovnic) are..... I didn't have patience to read further but it seems that the journos at Il Piccolo have the same sense of what is newsworthy as some of ours eg the p...
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Last Post: Mar 8, 2019 2:48pm
by Harry Dixon
The Pound in Your Pocket.......
If you're anywhere near as old as me, you'll remember devaluation and the assurance we had about "the pound in your pocket". It couldn't happen now; I mentioned the pub in Chester which has a notice on the door saying "Cash only"; it was my son who said it was design...
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Last Post: Mar 7, 2019 11:00am
by Harry Dixon
An apology
I'm sorry that I have been unable to attend to BETFOR matters for a few days; my computer threw a hissy fit and I've been able to resurrect it into reasonable shape by resetting it. This has meant starting every thing from scratch and I'm only part way through that -...
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Last Post: Mar 3, 2019 12:12pm
by Harry Dixon
Sorry I was another noshow for the last meeting.I had a nasty fall recently which involved a replacement hip joint.I hope to have learned to walk againcome the next meeting. Regards Roy Walter
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Last Post: Feb 23, 2019 6:44pm
by Paula
Sorry to learn about Larry.I didnt know him well but I wish I did. Regards to his daughter. Roy Walter
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Last Post: Feb 19, 2019 3:09pm
by Roy Walter
Southampton group
Southampton group have a lunch booking at Gusto in Commercial Road Southampton from about 12 o’clock on Thursday 14th February, Valentine’s Day. We look forward to welcoming anyone who can join our lovely friendly group to reminisce all things Trieste!...
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Last Post: Feb 17, 2019 1:59pm
by Harry Dixon
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