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The 50th BETFOR Journal
1would like to congratulate my ole Suffick Boh, on his producing the 50th edition of our Journal.Going through the contents brought back so many memories. On Page one we have the lovely girl Maria,yes Geoff she was a good Omlette Maker,and was a well fancied by eve...
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Last Post: Jul 15, 2015 10:38pm
What would you do chums?
“It’s Monday night at eight o’clock. Oh can’t you hear the chimes? They’re telling you to take an easy chair And settle by your fireside, look at your Radio Times For Monday Night at Eight is on the air!” Why do some (usele...
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Last Post: Jul 12, 2015 1:10pm
by Harry Dixon
Good afternoon to you all.Today I received a statement from the Post Office Savings informing me I had interest of £899-75. for the current year and I would be paying £179-95 in tax. This would mean I have at least £50,000,pounds in my account.This is...
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Last Post: Jul 10, 2015 11:06pm
by D Dealey
Fred Greenwood has emailed with the sad news, received from Nobby Gane, that Derek Neville (590) passed away in February. Derek served with the Northants Regiment in Trieste. Our condolences go to Derek's wife, family and friends
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Last Post: Jul 4, 2015 1:35pm
by Harry Dixon
Park San Giusto.
Somewhere on these pages there is quite a lot about the creation of the Park of San Giusto, with lots of tunnels going up from by the old Roman Forum and under the building which was AMG HQ. All this work was due to be finished and the official opening was to take...
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Last Post: Jul 3, 2015 10:40pm
by Larry Southgate
Pedestrianised Streets in Trieste
Il Piccolo shows how they have "solved" the problem of roads carrying traffic which need to cross a pedestrianised street. There are now broad "zebra" stripes which will be very visible to traffic on Via Imbriani where it crosses Via Mazzini: There are also traffic l...
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Last Post: Jul 3, 2015 10:31pm
by Larry Southgate
Travel Insurance.
For a few years now I have been buying travel insurance with a company called Global Travel Insurance and have always had a good deal. They insure people up to 90 years of age. But the best thing about them is that you do not have to answer interminable questions...
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Last Post: Jun 29, 2015 7:01pm
by Harry Dixon
You have attempted to post too much!!!
Why do I keep getting that message. I've only made one posting so far tonite!
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Last Post: Jun 26, 2015 10:58pm
by Harry Dixon
A town called EUREKA
Channel 153 Pick+1. If you have not yet tuned in to this programme you are missing one of the best scifi comedy/dramas ever. It's on at the moment on my TV. Unmissable. And the technical gobbledegook has to be seen (sub-titles on)and heard) is the best I've e...
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Last Post: Jun 25, 2015 9:12pm
by Larry Southgate
Language assistance.
Anybody thinking of going to Mecca for the Hadj? Here's a couple of phrases to help. When being introduced to an Arab the correct greeting is not "How do you do" but-----"Salaam alaykum".(means, I believe - God be with you) At the end of a meeting and on leavin...
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Last Post: Jun 25, 2015 9:24pm
by Larry Southgate
William Lewis Law
I am trying to find anyone that knew my Grandad, 4451918 William Lewis Law, or anyone that could point me in the right direction. We have very little information about him and unfortunately he has now passed away. We know that he joined the Army in roughly 1939 i...
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Last Post: Jun 25, 2015 9:26am
by Harry Dixon
Paddy Cross, Suffolks
I've just noticed a comment under the photo of the Suffolks' HMG platoon. It was posted recently by Ron Cross, Paddy's son. It says "Just come across this site. My dad is the guy on the bottom row - Paddy Cross. Sadly he passed away in 2013 here in Adelaide, Sout...
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Last Post: Jun 24, 2015 1:48am
by Ron Cross
PHOTO: Motebello.... "They don't like it up 'em!"
Il Piccolo shows this photo by Masaimo Silvano of a reconstruction of a cavalry charge, staged on Saturday at Montebello before a crowd of some thousands,
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Last Post: Jun 20, 2015 12:57pm
by Roy Boyles
Larry's Milestone
I knew it was close but I thought he might have alerted us. The day after D Day too. He was 19 then ! Belated good wishes Larry;
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Last Post: Jun 18, 2015 10:39pm
by Larry Southgate
R.I.P.Marcello Grimalda
I know not if any of you have ever received an e-mail from desert.rat Marcello in America, but I am very sorry to have to inform you that I have received tonight an e-mail from his daughter Margaret Powell to the effect that unfortunately Marcello departed this world...
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Last Post: Jun 17, 2015 10:20pm
by Larry Southgate
The late Gyles Longley, CBE, MC
I have noticed in today's press the obituary of Gyles Longley. He had a distinguished war service with the Reconnaissance Regiment and fought from in North Africa and throughout Italy where he won the MC. He entered Trieste in May 1945 as CO of 44th Reconnaissa...
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Last Post: Jun 16, 2015 11:18am
How old is FVG?
A small notice on the Il Piccolo web-site caught my eye tonight. The headline reads: In FVG (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) the population is showing at ZERO increase -- and in Italy as a whole it is no better. Data released by the Italian Statistical Institute relative...
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Last Post: Jun 15, 2015 11:24pm
by Larry Southgate
Pietra miglia (Milestones).
Did you know that driving along some of the minor roads in Italy you quite often can see, at the side of the road, a 'pietra miglia' or as we call them, 'milestones'. This is notable especially alongside the road from Florence to Pisa. But I have just passed my o...
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Last Post: Jun 15, 2015 11:17pm
by Larry Southgate
Trieste Italy-1953 photo identifications
I've began to upload my father's photos from his time in Trieste in 1953. I've created a facebook page - 1953 Trieste Italy- I would love and appreciate any help with identifying the places in the photos and welcome any discussion posts
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Last Post: Jun 14, 2015 12:39pm
by Bob
Go by sea Trieste to Sistiana.
For anyone visiting Trieste this year and wishing to visit Sistiana, Barcola and Grignano, there is now a new method of transport which starts on Monday 1 June, lasting until 7 September. This is a service by boat, similar to the one which goes to and from Muggia e...
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Last Post: Jun 13, 2015 2:31pm
by Harry Dixon
Thomas JP Burke
My father past away in 1999 and ive been going through his service book, he served with the Lancashire Fusiliers in Trieste 6/53 to 1/54 and also 7/54 to 11/54 I was just wondering if any member would remember him and could pass on any information they may have, it w...
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Last Post: Jun 12, 2015 2:22pm
by shaun burke
Church (or Chapel) services in the not too distant future.
This one is especially intended for Dave RAF. FUTURE CHURCH SERVICE PASTOR : "Praise the Lord!" CONGREGATION : Hallelujah!" PASTOR: "Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindle Bibles to 1 Corinthians, 13:13. And pl...
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Last Post: Jun 12, 2015 9:58am
by Dave 796 RAF
Yesterday i came out of hibernation,having thought i had been sent to Coventry,as nobody seemed to contact me,with anything relating to the recent happenings of the Association So it must be an age thing,i thought?. What happened,did Sepp Blatter take over?.Could b...
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Last Post: Jun 11, 2015 12:19pm
Wild Life
Black birds usually nest in the pyracantha right by the back door - and it's handy for them because we put out the crumbled crusts from the cherry pies that we get from the farm shop. As usual, it's been the daddy blackbird who has been feeding the little one, a fema...
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Last Post: Jun 9, 2015 7:47pm
by Harry Dixon
It has been drawn to my attention that the front page of this site gives a different date from the last journal! The journal is correct. The date is Thursday, 25th June. If you are planning to come - that is the day - and please let me know.
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Last Post: Jun 9, 2015 7:02pm
by Harry Dixon
Education, education, education.
Great English Language History Lesson Colloquialisms There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London which used to have gallows adjacent. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial, of course) to be hung. The horse drawn “...
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Last Post: Jun 8, 2015 9:32pm
by Larry Southgate
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Last Post: Jun 4, 2015 2:51pm
by micaela
Takes an old'un!
ACK PEW A pastor's wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the pastor's family expanded; so would his pay-check. After 6 children, this started to get expens...
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Last Post: Jun 3, 2015 10:15pm
by Larry Southgate
Miramare celebrates 60 years of being open to the public with a waltz....
From today's Il Piccolo. I'll leave the rest of the caption to the photo in Italian. Don't try to work it out word for word; just scan through it and get the overall sense. Era infatti il 1955, quando il castello (che l’arciduca Massimiliano d’Asbu...
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Last Post: Jun 3, 2015 9:49pm
by Larry Southgate
Cigarette anyone|?
British-American Tobacco company (BAT) has ust6 signed contracts on 30 May to purchase from the Adris Group their tobacco factory in Rovigno for the sum of 505 million Euros. The contract stipulates that they will continue to manufacture cigarettes at the factory f...
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Last Post: Jun 3, 2015 7:15pm
by Roy Walter
Two snippets from the |Il Piccolo web-site page of today Sunday.
Danger on the buses in Istria. In Istria, a 45 year old boy, returning home from school in Carnizza to Castelnuovo d'Arsa, has been bitten by a viper. He was conveyed urgently to hospital in Pola. Anyone who frequents Youtube can find this video taken by Gianc...
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Last Post: May 31, 2015 10:31pm
by Larry Southgate
In the steps of Von Ribbentrop...........
...... or at least in the wheel tracks...... I often use a stretch of badly maintained track called the Old Coach Road which goes for about 4 miles towards a net work of country lanes with very little traffic which ultimately lead to a little pub - a pleasant aiming...
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Last Post: May 31, 2015 12:21pm
by Roy Walter
Good morning all - As you may have noticed we are now on Chapter 6 of these epic tales of the humdrum.Chapter 5 was getting rather long and unweildy and April seemed a good enough time to start a fresh chapter. Which reminds me, I have just read Roland's very delicat...
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Last Post: May 31, 2015 9:19am
by Dave 796 RAF
A Gentle Reminder
What can you buy for less than eighteen second class stamps a year.I will remind you four Betfor journals and a first class Webb site. I would remind the members that have yet to pay their subscription that they are due.Thanking you in anticipation Roland.
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Last Post: May 27, 2015 4:33pm
by D F Dealey
The stiff Upper lip!
In a train from London to Manchester, an American was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment. “The trouble with you English is that you are too stuffy. You set yourselves apart too much. You think your stiff upper lip make...
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Last Post: May 26, 2015 10:10pm
by Larry Southgate
You? as well?
ARE WE THE ONES WITH DEMENTIA? ARE WE THE ONES WHO ARE AGING? ONE Recently, I went to McDonald's and I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. 'We don't have half dozen...
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Last Post: May 25, 2015 9:53pm
by Larry Southgate
Takes to to tango
DIVORCE VS. MURDER A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, ‘I would like to buy some cyanide. ' The pharmacist asked, 'Why in the world do you need cyan...
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Last Post: May 25, 2015 9:42pm
by Larry Southgate
Footprints: oooO ( ) Oooo ( ( ) __) ) / (__/ Many people will walk in and out of your life but only a true friend will leave footprints on your computer! Forward this...
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Last Post: May 23, 2015 9:50pm
by Larry Southgate
That's life!
On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of 20 years." The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only 10 years and I...
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Last Post: May 19, 2015 11:01pm
by Larry Southgate
American Humour!
You will walk again. The last line is appropriate When I heard Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were guest preacher nearby black Houston Church, I decided to check them out in person and see what it was all a...
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Last Post: May 18, 2015 1:48pm
by Harry Dixon
Just for the over 50's.
Most of our generation of 50+ was HOME SCHOOLED in many ways. 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE . "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. "You better p...
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Last Post: May 17, 2015 11:25pm
by Larry Southgate
6 Little stories.
6 LITTLE STORIES . Once, all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella. ?? That's FAITH When you throw a baby in...
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Last Post: May 17, 2015 11:08pm
by Larry Southgate
Exercise for long life.
The Importance of Walking Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old To spend an additional 5 months in a nursing Home at £7000 per month. My grandpa started walking Five miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years...
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Last Post: May 17, 2015 11:00pm
by Larry Southgate
Local Meeting
Our last meeting was very good, with 12 people in attendance, very good considering it was such a wet day. Terry and Irene Crimp came all the way from Brighton, Terry kindly brought the two plaques presented to the Association last year. Photos were taken by Terr...
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Last Post: May 17, 2015 5:31pm
by John Barron
A drop of the red stuff!
If anyone reading this has an ALDI store nearby pop in and get a bottle of their "PRIMITIVO". Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle. It's a very nice drop of plonk and costs under a fiver!
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Last Post: May 16, 2015 7:25pm
by Harry Dixon
Start the week with a smile!
In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the fortune teller delivered grave news: "There's no easy way to tell you this, so I'll just be blunt. Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year." Visibly sha...
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Last Post: May 13, 2015 10:31pm
by Larry Southgate
V.E. Day - Remember ?
Nearly forgot; only a programme on tonight's telly reminded me of one of the great days in our lifetimes. During the thirties I had listened to the talk between my father and grandfather - I'm sure they were oblivious to the idea that i might have been taking it all...
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Last Post: May 13, 2015 10:21pm
by Bernard Evans
50 reasons to read this.
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!! Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio ... "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is...
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Last Post: May 13, 2015 10:12pm
by Larry Southgate
People and things.
When things happen, these days we look for a cause; if crops fail, farmers try to work out what caused it. Was it the weather, lack of fertiliser - or what? Years ago they would have burned a few old ladies living in the village, especially if they owned a cat. It...
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Last Post: May 12, 2015 4:12pm
by Harry Dixon
Over the past couple of weeks before I went into hospital, pushing buttons on my remote, I came across a programme called ... "A town called Eureka". It is so bad that it makes you watch the next episode. If you have not seen it yet, look for it on Sky. I don'...
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Last Post: May 11, 2015 10:03pm
by Larry Southgate
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