British Element Trieste Force 1945 - 1954
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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
Two items from "Il Piccolo" today
1.«Bella e facile da visitare»: Trieste finisce nell’olimpo delle città europee preferite da The Guardian 2. L'indotto della Barcolana a Trieste? Vale 71,5milioni di euro I'll leave them as they appear as headlines
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Last Post: Feb 12, 2019 6:29pm
by Harry Dixon
Rage, wrath, ire, annoyance, irritation....or indifference. Is it newsworthy?
There are journalists who ply their trade by affirming their determination to stand bravely up to the "trolls" who attack them on twitter or Instagram. I have to admit I can't follow their courageous example because I don't do social media. Twitter would be useful be...
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2019 1:52pm
by Harry Dixon
Wee, Sleekit, Cowran, Tim'rous Beastie
I feed the birds and leave piles of logs, branches and leaves for the hedge-hogs but sometimes your patience gives out and then you feel "murderan" like Burns' bloke - and this time over a mouse. I have to admit, I've taken stern measures to stop the squirrels raidin...
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Last Post: Jan 27, 2019 10:55am
by Derek Lance
Illness of a very great friend
I have enjoyed the friendship of a gentleman in Trieste for many years. I believe some other members of the association also knew him. His name is : Sergio Praselj and he uses 'Servolo' and 'Saulnier' as e-mail addresses. Just before I was admitted myself to Ste...
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Last Post: Jan 25, 2019 1:03pm
by Harry Dixon
This photo, from Il Piccoloo shows the queue to get into the Verdi to hear a series of lectures on history. On the day of the photograph the subject was the events of the year 1844. I published a timeline on the main website some time ago - but that didn't help....
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Last Post: Jan 18, 2019 2:36pm
by roy boyles
….…….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
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