British Element Trieste Force 1945 - 1954
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2018 Grand National
Among the winners this year were BETFOR members, Les Bell, Geoffrey Jarman Bill Mills and Jim Greaves all of whom were at the Bedford reunion in March. Their respective Bank a/c's will be refreshed in the next day or two. Comiserations to several others whose nags...
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Last Post: Apr 15, 2018 10:51am
by roy boyles
Further grump[ness
Part 2 So well but now has devolved into an outfit which will sell it's members private information to anyone who can afford it.Furthermore the boss when invited to come and justify his actions by our Parliament,refuses and offers the services of two of his minions...
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Last Post: Apr 9, 2018 11:27am
by Roy Walter
Journal 61 Spring 2018
Well done Geoff for the latest journal bursting with interesting items. At double the size you had a big task this quarter. The photos from Bedford have come out really well, thanks. Very exciting to see the new member, Brian Collins, lives 5 minutes away from me....
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Last Post: Apr 8, 2018 2:29pm
by Paula
"Maturity"
"Maturity" is a positive thing; we like mature cheese, mature wine and we look down on immaturity, which we equate with silliness and excessive frivolity but we see around us every day, the downsides of getting "older". We sometimes read of "elderly" drivers, and fin...
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Last Post: Apr 8, 2018 1:05pm
by Harry Dixon
Why not say goonite or cheers when leaving our site?
Harry, is there any way you can put up a method of shutting down our web-site after one has visited? I hate having to just abandon the site without shutting it down. Seems like not saying bye-bye to a friend when you leave them after a drink in the pub. Not tha...
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Last Post: Apr 6, 2018 8:57pm
by Larry Southgate
Let's take the mickey!
I hope to paste hereunder a copy of an e-mail I received in my mail-box tonight. I will hopefully translate the sentences. Here's you chance to take part in a Survey from Italy and maybe have some effect. What the hell, let's take the mickey out of 'em! son...
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Last Post: Mar 28, 2018 9:06pm
by Larry Southgate
25th March 1950.
I got married to a beautiful young lady in Trieste on 25 March 1950. It was also on a Sunday and more to the point it was Easter Sunday. And this is the first time 25 March has fallen on a Sunday since then. More to the point, it has just missed being also East...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2018 8:34pm
by Larry Southgate
LAST POST
It is with great sadness that I need to report the death of William Shortland who served in Ops Section of Trieste Security Office in 1953 and 1954. Bill is pictured on the left of this photograph, taken in 1953. He was the youngest in the section; he and I were t...
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Last Post: Mar 25, 2018 12:40pm
by Harry Dixon
NATIONAL SERVICE 2
It was clear to us in the sixth form at school that national service was going to affect us all. In 1947 85% of university places were reserved for returning ex-servicemen but it seemed sensible to try for a place. At University I shared digs with “Dusty”...
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Last Post: Mar 12, 2018 1:58pm
by Harry Dixon
Return of the happy wanderer.
And so we draw half of the curtain on the AGM of 2018. I arrived home safe and sound after o many twists and turns I almost told my chauffeur -my aon - to park the car and try and find a bus going somewhere near to our home. When are they going to fix the road n...
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Last Post: Mar 11, 2018 10:17pm
by Larry Southgate
Thanks to the committee .
Back home after attending the annual dinner last night and the AGM this morning. Thanks to the committee for their hard work during the year. It was great to put faces to names after three years membership. I will send the photos taken in Riobello restaurant to Ha...
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Last Post: Mar 11, 2018 7:38pm
by Paula
regional meeting
Owing to the extreme weather heading our way I have cancelled the meeting booked for Friday 2nd Mar. and re-booked for Friday 16th Mar. All known regular attendees have been contacted and agreed on the new date. Meeting at The Rushbrooke Arms,Sicklesmere,B...
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Last Post: Feb 27, 2018 9:26am
by Charlie Dunnett
COUNTDOWN TO BEDFORD
just a few more days before we arrive on the banks of the Ouse. Barring any late late deciders we shall be around 40 made up of members, spouses, lovers, children and grandchildren of members. The name badges have been up-dated, the BETFOR flag taken from its spot in...
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Last Post: Feb 25, 2018 11:05am
by roy boyles
Jim and Demob.
The Army Welfare Unit had a box for some performances at the Teatro Verdi. This was advertised on the BFN (British Forces Network) and applications were invited from interested groups in units. A group would be selected by lot to have the use of the box for a particu...
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Last Post: Feb 19, 2018 1:05pm
by Harry Dixon
Beauthy Competitions.
From the Il Piccolo website today. And 'she' really is beautiful in 'her' photograph. A big surprise at the Miss Kazakhistan competition. Arina Allyeva, a very beautiful contestant, made it through to the finals of the competition for Miss Virtual Kazakhist...
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Last Post: Feb 7, 2018 9:17pm
by Larry Southgate
Gina L
public service announcement. Gina Lollobrigida is 90. thought you should know !
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Last Post: Feb 4, 2018 8:00pm
by roy boyles
Southampton Group meeting
John Barron’s Southampton group will be meeting at Gusto Lounge, 1 Commercial Road Southampton at 11.30 on Thursday 22nd February. We look forward to catching up with as many ‘locals’ as possible. It is always a good Italian lunch with lots of laug...
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Last Post: Feb 3, 2018 1:40pm
by Paula
Jim Arrives at TRIESTE security Office
TSO The Landrover, when it eventually arrived, initially took us back the way we had just come but then turned right into Via Milano, crossed Via Josue Carducci and into Via del Coroneo. We briefly stopped to let the sergeant (was his name Burton ? why cannot I re...
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Last Post: Jan 29, 2018 2:51pm
by Harry Dixon
Jim McLeish Arrives in TRIESTE
(Here he's still on the train) There, the train made a tour around much of the cathedral before crossing over to the right bank of the Rhine. As we reached the Mittel Rhein, the aspect changed again. The vine-clad slopes, topped with castles in various states of d...
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Last Post: Jan 24, 2018 3:50pm
by Harry Dixon
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 p...in 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
Word
"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
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
BETFOR MAILING LIST 2017.
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…....in 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
Previous post
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
Un'espresso,signor?
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
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
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