British Element Trieste Force 1945 - 1954
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Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chapter 16
Good morning and welcome to Chapter 16 of this endless saga. The morning is not too bad here at the moment. The temperature out in the garden is 15c and it seems to be a drizzly sort of start. Never mind, it will be Christmas very soon according to a lot of the adve...
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Last Post: Jan 14, 2018 10:34am
by Dave 796 RAF
Suspicious mind
I noticed a small entry on the Il Piccolo website tonight which started this suspicious mind of mine working. The article under mention stated that thousands of Italians are leaving Italy and going to Albania. |Now why would all those Italians go over to Albania,...
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Last Post: Jan 10, 2018 9:21pm
by Larry Southgate
CHANGE can be ........... ..................
as good as a rest - or it can be a the a... I'm writing this on my new keyboard which came with my new computer. You have all got "devices", as we see these wondrous objects described, so you will know that there are tedious and fiddly things to get through...
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Last Post: Jan 4, 2018 3:40pm
by Harry Dixon
Sgt Kevin McGuigan
Greetings to all, I am looking for anyone who might remember my (now deceased) father, (Sgt) Kevin McGuigan, who did his National Service in Trieste in the late 1940s/early 1950s. I'd be grateful for any information.
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Last Post: Jan 2, 2018 7:07pm
by sean mcguigan
"Word" is expensive because you have to buy "Office". There is, however, a free alternative which woks at least as well - possibly better; it is "Openn Office" published by Apache and can be downloaded free completely safely.
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Last Post: Jan 2, 2018 1:19pm
by Harry Dixon
How did your Holidays pan-out?
I spent Christmas day with my daughter and my son at her house. Dinner and a natter. Then we visited my grandson and his wife and son and had another natter and distributed presents. On Boxing day, her other son came over with his two daughters and we spent th...
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Last Post: Dec 29, 2017 1:41pm
by Harry Dixon
Lo spettacolare tramonto del 23 dicembre a Trieste
Il Piccolo yesterday had several photos of the spectacular sunset on 23rd December. I should guess that this was taken from the Strada Napoleonica.
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Last Post: Dec 24, 2017 3:15pm
by Harry Dixon
I did my usual seasons greetings to the 64 email addresses that I have on 20th December. Just 2 of the addresses were failures and to date I have received 14 responses. Should you have an email address and not been in receipt of my message please contact me. Our ove...
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Last Post: Dec 23, 2017 11:41am
by Roy Boyles
" Mai più ritornerai, mai più” …….Never again shall I return, never again
I’ll come back to that… a while but, as I was reading in bed last night, sipping a drop of Highland Park and water, I came across a reference to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel in Snowdonia and my attention became riveted. It historic claim to fame is that it...
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Last Post: Dec 20, 2017 1:52pm
by Harry Dixon
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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
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
What was that they said about what would happen when we quitted the EU? Economic disaster, foreigners working here would all go home? A posting in the Il Piccolo website today would apparently contradict that. The headline goes: The 'flight' from the Fvg to...
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Last Post: Dec 11, 2017 9:20pm
by Larry Southgate
Welfare cheats.
It seems we are not the only country where one finds "welfare cheats". There is a small posting in the 'Il Piccolo' web-site today which is entitled: "THE ASSAULT OF A THOUSAND PIRATES ON WELFARE" At least 943 irregularities have been ascertained out of 1300 co...
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Last Post: Dec 8, 2017 9:34pm
by Larry Southgate
Web-cams and Christmas.
If anyone is interested in seeing the Christmas lights in various places around the world, i suggest you log on to: You should get a page in blue with indications of Trieste. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the last item. A page in black and...
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Last Post: Nov 30, 2017 9:39pm
by Larry Southgate
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
Charities. and Water in Africa.
For a couple of years now there has been an advert on the television for contributions towards a charity to help provide water in various parts of Africa. It shows a small child walking to a water hole to collect water in a type of jerrycan and walking back to her...
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Last Post: Nov 30, 2017 10:23am
by Roland
Death of another member
I'm sad to say that we have lost another member. Ivor Cosby (Royal Signals) passed away this week. Although Ivor had been in poor health for several years, he attended hospital for a check up and died shortly after arriving at the hospital, so it came as a shock to...
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Last Post: Nov 29, 2017 11:43am
by John Barron
"Grand Canal"
This photo dates from the beginning of the 20th century. There would have been an opening bridge to let the ships get out to sea. More recently, I can remember when many of the boats had out-board motors and certainly looked as if they went out on the open sea...
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Last Post: Nov 24, 2017 10:18pm
by Larry Southgate
New format.
Sorry Harry, but I do NOT like the new layout at all, at all.
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Last Post: Nov 23, 2017 6:29pm
by Harry Dixon
The Simplon- Orient Express.........
......used to start in London, ran through Europe, TRIESTE, Yugoslavia and on to Istanbul. We could go to Lubliana on it- and did. The Queen's messenger delivered the diplomatic "bag" to the Polad (Political Advisor) - or at least to the Stazione Centrale, where it w...
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Last Post: Nov 21, 2017 6:23pm
by Harry Dixon
My visit to Holland.
I believe I have mentioned already that I will be attending the celebrations in Holland for the liberation of the area of the Leudal zone. Here is the programme of events for next week. Sorry it's a bit long but needs must. PROGRAMME VETERANS’ WEEK 2017...
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Last Post: Nov 19, 2017 8:59pm
by Larry Southgate
Rejoice............ so they say
I received the following by email from Bravenet last week: New Message Forum Coming Next Week We are excited to announce that we will be releasing a whole new version of the Message Forum next week. There is nothing you need to do now. Your Forum will swit...
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Last Post: Nov 17, 2017 6:27pm
by Harry Dixon
Old Soldiers
This old photo has been discovered during research into the club's history. It was taken before the start of the start of WW1. Five of the men pictured were killed in action - on the back row the two men nos 5 and 6 from the left, middle row 3 and 4 and the y...
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Last Post: Nov 15, 2017 1:06pm
by Harry Dixon
Internet problems.
Tonight has been unpleasant as far as my internet connection has performed. Even when I was on Skype to Trieste, we had problems. And every so often a big screen from Microsoft telling me I was disconnected and offering to clear it up. Could this be anything to...
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Last Post: Nov 10, 2017 7:53pm
by Larry Southgate
Buskers in Trieste.
D'you remember there used to be the odd person with a guitar strumming in the streets around Piazza Unita` and Piazza della Borsa? Well, now if there are any caught by the cops they face a 300 € fine and their instrument confiscated. Makes for a merry xmas...
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Last Post: Nov 6, 2017 10:26pm
by Larry Southgate
PHOTO: Just For a Change.....
Il Piccolo has items about the tram and lots of details of old folks being injured in accidents and, as the poet says in "The Lion and Albert" - "nowt to laugh at at all" so I've been searching for an alternative. Here it is. The photo shows two of our committee m...
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Last Post: Nov 3, 2017 2:29pm
by Harry Dixon
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