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Congratulations in order!
Top of the page on the Il Piccolo website tonight. A few weeks ago a gentleman by the Name of Dipiazza was elected to the post of Sindaco(Mayor) of Trieste. A lovely photograph of the website of Il Piccolo today shows Mr Dipazza at his wedding to a very beautif...
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Last Post: Jul 31, 2016 9:23pm
by Larry Southgate
Who's who and what's what, Yahizon.
I switch on my laptop, load the icons, click on Google Chrome. Up comes Sky. I click on the link for e-mail, and up comes Yahoo Mail on Sky. Who on earth am I actually working with. And Now that Verizon has finally bought out Yahoo Internet, what is our dear f...
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Last Post: Jul 26, 2016 10:38pm
by Larry Southgate
Telegraph Fantasy Football 2016-17
If anyone would like to join my league LA DOLCE VITA this season they are very welcome. Check out TELEGRAPH FANTASY FOOTBALL to get the picture ! Season begins 13th August.
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Last Post: Jul 26, 2016 8:25am
by Roy Boyles
Tank manoeuvres: Trieste and Smeltz
Our Hon Secretary, Roy Boyles has received an email from Geoff which is as follows: "I have been interested with the stories about the American tanks on manoeuvers in Trieste. I was also involved in the evening occasion,we were spread in a large area of our sol...
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Last Post: Jul 25, 2016 3:16pm
by Geoff Hillyard
What a Wonderful World....
It's a song; It's a book but for some that isn't enough. The wonders of this world are far beyond our understanding and it's impossible ever to feel that you have a true grasp of how it all works - never mind wondering whether there might be some sort of reason behin...
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Last Post: Jul 24, 2016 9:28pm
by Larry Southgate
Our Hon Secretary has received the sad news of the death of Gordon Clark on 1st July. Gordon served with the South Lancashire Regiment in Trieste in 1951 and 1952.
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Last Post: Jul 23, 2016 2:01pm
by Harry Dixon
BETFOR marriage registrations
Hello everybody, I am an amateur genealogist from Italy, and recently I have received a few requests from descendants of BETFOR members who married local women during their postings there who wish to prove their ancestry in order to claim Italian citizenship by "j...
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Last Post: Jul 23, 2016 1:18am
by Arturo Camillacc...
Old Age Pensioner members.
Just got my copy of the latest Journal. Congratulations, Geoff. Excellent. I did notice a piece on the last page asking who was the oldest member of the Assn. May I put my name forward for consideration? Born in Bromyard, Herefordshire, on 7 June 1925. So...
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Last Post: Jul 20, 2016 9:40pm
by Larry Southgate
It is sad news that Dave Tynan (598) has reached the Last Post. Dave had been ill for some time. His daughter, Lynn, told me this morning that he had been in hospital for a month. He served in the MT Platoon, North Staffs Regt. and at one time was the CO's driver....
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Last Post: Jul 19, 2016 9:30am
by Colin Russell
Visit to Triests
Hello My wife and I are visiting Trieste for a week in August, we wish to visit some of the palces my Father in law would have known when in the North Staffs based in Trieste in 1952. Where should we be visiting?
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Last Post: Jul 16, 2016 9:21pm
by Larry Southgate
A few snippets from the pages of Il Piccolo tonight.
You've probably all heard of the political movement in Trieste called the TLT. "The Free Territory of Trieste". Well, the latest news from them is that 229 members are in revolt and say they will no longer pay any taxes to the Italian government. Their numbers s...
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Last Post: Jul 12, 2016 11:10pm
by Larry Southgate
Royal Navy Demolition Teams / Divers
I'm trying to track down some info on my Great Uncle, Edward Smith RN, who was in Trieste just after the end of WWII. He was involved in clearing the "harbor". We do have a pic of him on skis of all things at a resort somewhere near Trieste with a guy in a bear cost...
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Last Post: Jul 11, 2016 11:52pm
by Liliana Pajola
just to see how many readers we have these days, and how many might bother to respond, I will be putting up a cash reward shortly. When the 16 teams for the final stages are known there will a simple competition. You do not need any knowledge about the game. Still a...
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Last Post: Jul 11, 2016 11:35am
by Roy Boyles
Date of next Southampton Meeting
My next meeting will take place on Thursday 20th October 12.00 noon at Gusto Bistro, corner of Commercial Road and Cumberland Place (by the traffic lights) Southampton. Contact John Barron 01794 514686. Gusto's has turned out to be a great meeting place and a big...
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Last Post: Jul 11, 2016 10:08am
by Paula
Beware - scam??
I've had two emails from an Italian source with no message but with a link to a website. It's inadvisable to open any link to a web address unless you are Sure it's all right. If it is genuine it will surely have a message in the body of the email. Scammers oft...
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Last Post: Jul 10, 2016 9:24pm
by Larry Southgate
Poverty - is anoother word?
I noticed in the I Piccolo web-site tonight the following: The income level at which poverty kicks in in Gorizia has been fixed at €10,485 which translated into pounds sterling at 1.20€ works out at £8737.50. What's the Old Age pension in Blight...
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Last Post: Jul 10, 2016 9:12am
by Dave796 RAF
Born in Betfor
I wonder if someone could help me please. I was born in the military hospital in Trieste in 1949, my mother was Italian and my father a British soldier. I have a British passport, however, all my life I thought I had Italian connections as I have my mothers relatives...
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Last Post: Jul 6, 2016 1:35am
by Barbara Jacome
And what?
From the Il Piccolo web-site today: Il Palio di Siena. Vince la Lupa dopo 27 anni. The Pallio di Siena : La Lupa wins after 27 years.
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Last Post: Jul 3, 2016 9:50pm
by Larry Southgate
Greetings & More Tales from Wales - Chap 10
Good morning all – and welcome to the new chapter in these ramblings from up here. Little did I think when I first put fingers to keyboard that they were going to continue as long as they have, and no doubt a lot of you out there were of the same mind. As wel...
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Last Post: Jul 3, 2016 8:58am
by Dave796 RAF
Boat services from Trieste.
For anybody going to Trieste this summer/autumn don't forget there are now various boat services available from Trieste. A new service is one from Trieste to Grado. Then there will be the usual one to Sistiana and the hydrofoil service to Pola which starts on 1 Ju...
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Last Post: Jun 29, 2016 11:04pm
by Larry Southgate
Politics in Trieste
Our special corrspondent in Trieste, Liliana Pajola, decided to have a go in the latst local elections which took place late May early June. They elected a new Mayor, Riccardo Dipiazza. I asked Liliana how she had done. Here is a translation of her reply: Quote: The...
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Last Post: Jun 28, 2016 8:58am
by Larry Southgate
A final goodbye to Marshal Tito.
The name of Marshal Tito has gone down in history. For good or for bad, he steered the country of Jugoslavia through the war with the Germans and for many years afterwards. There is a short paragraph in the web-site of Il Piccolo today 22 May 2016 which is, maybe...
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Last Post: Jun 23, 2016 11:54pm
by Larry Southgate
Brexit fears and coincidences.
Over the past few days, watching the rolling news at the top of the Il Piccolo web-site it has been interesting to see that all the stock-markets, even in China and Japan, have been in turmoil with prices generally static or falling. And each notice is accompanied...
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Last Post: Jun 22, 2016 11:40pm
by Larry Southgate
Great Continental Railway Journeys! Never mind Ronaldo and the other pampered pillocks prancing about the paddock, the multi-coloured Portillo is travelling by train from Vienna to Trieste on BBC 2. If you have to see Ronaldo's latest hairdo and you don't want...
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Last Post: Jun 22, 2016 4:59pm
by Harry Dixon
LAST POST: Sid Brown
We regret to announce the sad death of Sid brown, Royal Artillery. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Davig Griggs and Roy Boyles received the following email from his daughter Katherine adams: Dear Officers of BETFOR I am contacting you to le...
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Last Post: Jun 18, 2016 2:03pm
by Harry Dixon
Ticking about Tech.
Remember “ticking” as in “He ticks like a clock” meaning “He’s always grumbling”? Well I have quite a few ticks about technology. First, let’s take all the good things – and I have to admit - there are far mor...
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Last Post: Jun 16, 2016 7:37pm
by Harry Dixon
Treat well the refugees or else!
Now here's something you don't see very often but it sure is something to think about when you are talking about immigrants: This taken from the web-site of Il Piccolo today: Missing welcome for the refugees: Investigation by the Prosecutors officials> The fi...
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Last Post: Jun 5, 2016 11:21pm
by Larry Southgate
How is your Engish?
Do you ever read the leaflets inside the box which contains your medicines or pills or products you buy for your health's sake? They generally ask you to read carefully before you use the product. I don’t know about you folks out there but......EYE SP...
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Last Post: May 30, 2016 10:35pm
by Larry Southgate
A holiday in Skiathos - how to get there!
Anybody with time on their hands after they get to Trieste could try the following: Catch the ferry to Patras in Greece. Arrive Patras get bus to Athens. See the countryside and the Korinthos Canal. In Athens get the bus to Agios San Caterina. In San Caterin...
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Last Post: May 25, 2016 10:12pm
by Larry Southgate
Hunter gathering.
Just our ironic name for shopping - grocery shopping I mean - one of the most boring and annoying features of modern life. I suppose that's why so many people do it on-line and have it delivered. The drawback to that is that your bananas may be green or bruised and t...
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Last Post: May 22, 2016 12:08pm
by Harry Dixon
End of an Era.
THE END OF AN ERA. The following article has been taken from the web-site of Il Piccolo of 20 May 2016. It is a translation of an interview conducted by Piero Rauber, with Signor Illy, of coffee-making renown. It may give readers a little insight into the ̵...
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Last Post: May 21, 2016 5:16pm
by Larry Southgate
From moss to mess.
I read with some envy Dave's post about the crops of fresh veggies produced from their garden and Larry's post about beans and fruit trees. I gave up trying some years ago; if we had to be self sufficient we'd have to subsist on moss and couch grass. I've had conf...
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Last Post: May 13, 2016 6:55pm
by Harry Dixon
Liberation of Trieste
I meant to post this on the appropriate date but the best laid schemes of mice and men........(as a matter of fact I forgot}. I just started to write - when I remembered that I wrote about this some time ago so I've just copied and now I'll paste it: Harry Dixon...
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Last Post: May 9, 2016 11:01pm
by Geoff Fleet
Some sad and disappointing news'
Folks, I hate to inform you but with effect from 10 May yours truly will be out of the country. Should anyone be interested I should, all things being equal, be ensconced in a delightful small hotel based right on the beach in Troulos, on the island of Skiathos. B...
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Last Post: May 9, 2016 8:55pm
by Larry Southgate
In partnership with Roy Boyles, we have decided to start up a lottery for members of the Association. Just send us, on a plain piece of paper, 6 numbers, between 0 and 500, accompanied by a cheque for £20 pounds. Write your name and address with your membership...
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Last Post: May 7, 2016 9:20am
by Roland
Earthquake - 40 years ago in Friuli.
Todays edition of I Piccolo website carried the banner headline of the tremendous earthquake that hit Friuli in the evening of 6 May 1976. The area has today been visited by Sig. Mattarella, the Italian President. I happened to be in Milan that day on business and w...
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Last Post: May 6, 2016 10:16pm
by Larry Southgate
Piazza San Antonio
Does it challenge one's faith in democracy? The design with the flat pack structures has gained the most support with 40% of the vote: The one with Victor Borge on the piano got only 8%:
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Last Post: Apr 29, 2016 10:38am
by Harry Dixon
Something else.
All kinds of e-mails pop-up in my in-box and one last night caught me by surprise. Twas from a lady called Lynne Webb, who is in Trieste with her father-in-law an ex RE bod who has forgotten how to get to San Giovanni barracks. I told her to get a taxi and ask for...
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Last Post: Apr 25, 2016 10:24pm
by Larry Southgate
Montebello barracks and railway station
Dear Sirs, Greetings from Trieste! I am a member of the local railway museum with which I contribute like a modeller. Many many years ago I knew mr.George Tidey,a corporal who served in a Betfor fusilier rgt and married a Trieste's girl.We spoke a lot about his se...
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Last Post: Apr 25, 2016 10:03pm
by Alessandro Rusin
Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And Summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; An...
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Last Post: Apr 23, 2016 2:00pm
by Harry Dixon
Hashish - speed - marijuana.
Did you know that marijuana is not illegal in Italy? In fact, you are allowed to have in your possession 5 grammes for personal use, 5 grammes at home and you can also cultivate 15 grammes for personal use at home. A doctor can also give you a prescription for th...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2016 10:56pm
by Larry Southgate
No,not the one with which we are preoccupied but a referendum with a difference. Today in Italy they voted in a referendum. Called the Referendum Trivellazione. (trivellazione or, in other words - perforazione - verticale del terreno -- that's understandable wit...
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Last Post: Apr 17, 2016 10:45pm
by Larry Southgate
Date of next Southampton Meeting
My next meeting will be on 7th July 12.00 at Gusto Bistro, Commercial Road, Southampton.
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Last Post: Apr 15, 2016 3:22pm
by John Barron
The annual sweepstake produced cash rewards for John Darby THE LAST SAMURI. Kath Kyne GILGAMBOA. Geoffrey Jarman VIC'S CANVAS Les Bell RULE THE WORLD and last to finish MANY CLOUDS. All have been paid. The amounts will not enable them to change their lives too muc...
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Last Post: Apr 12, 2016 6:51pm
by Roy Boyles
I am just sending a hard cover version of the Richard West (ex TSO) book to Harry Dixon. If you would like to have it after please contact him. It is an excellent read.
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Last Post: Apr 12, 2016 1:45pm
by Harry Dixon
the first of them are 70 this week ! Those conceived in the Summer of 1945 just as VE Day or shortly after reach that magic figure from any day now. The term Baby Boomer has only gained wide circulation since the 80's and 90's. All BETFORians are way beyond it of...
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Last Post: Apr 6, 2016 10:47pm
by Harry Dixon
Terry Crimp
I spoke to Terry's wife today to thank both Terry and His wife for providing the Wine at the A G M dinner.Sad to say that Terry is very ill at the present and cannot answer any e mails.Regards Roland
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Last Post: Apr 2, 2016 12:01pm
by Roland
International Force for Libya?
Another snippet from the pages of the website of Il Piccolo today. Something which seems to be being ignored by our newspapers. It appears that the Libyan Premier Fayyez al Serraj has been negotiating with certain Western leaders and it maybe that an Internationa...
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Last Post: Mar 30, 2016 10:19pm
by Larry Southgate
Good Morning all – Here we are with a New Year with us again and may I wish you and yours all the very best for 2016, may it look upon you all kindly. Also, as you will have noticed from the heading of this posting, it seemed to be the logical point to start a...
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Last Post: Mar 28, 2016 11:27am
by Dave 796 RAF
Friends will??
Friends: Will say “Hello”. Italian Friends : Will give you a big hug and a kiss. Friends: Never ask for food. Italian friends: Always bring food over. Friends: Call your parents Mr. And Mrs. Italian Friends: Call your parents Mum and Dad. F...
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Last Post: Mar 27, 2016 9:57pm
by Larry Southgate
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