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A Trieste caos in Stazione marittima per l'arrivo imprevisto di "Costa Deliziosa"
In Trieste there is chaos at the Maritime Station at the unexpected arrival of the "Costa Deliziosa". This chap was saying, "Honest; it was that big" and didn't even see it coming through the mist. Apparently, The "Deliziosa" had tried to enter Venice but found it...
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Last Post: Nov 22, 2016 3:53pm
by Harry Dixon
Date of Next Meeting
My next meeting will be on Thursday 2nd February at 11.30 Gusto Bistro, Commercial Road, Southampton
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Last Post: Nov 18, 2016 12:41pm
by John Barron
Earthquake in New Zealand.
There has been a tremendous earthquake in New Zealand. 7.9 on the Richter Scale. The centre of Wellington has had to be evacuated.
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Last Post: Nov 13, 2016 10:53pm
by Larry Southgate
Rememberence
This is the day that all members of BETFOR should take a few minuits to remember the members that have attended their last parade. also the men and women who lost their their lives in the persuit of a better world.My best regards to you all Roland.
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Last Post: Nov 11, 2016 10:47am
by Roland
493 Mr Samuel Pugh
Does anyone have an updated phone number for 493 Mr Samuel Pugh?
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Last Post: Nov 2, 2016 7:56pm
by David Broadhead
A New and Shiny One.....
Il Piccolo carries this photo of the familiar "El Tram" but isn't there something odd about it? It's made of Lego.
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Last Post: Oct 31, 2016 3:10pm
by Harry Dixon
Oh dear !!
I don't know about you but I find the increasingly early appearance of "Christmas" parafenalia (don't know if that's how you spell it and I won't dignify it by looking it up) a pain because it's merely an extension of what has become an annoying marketing exercise....
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Last Post: Oct 27, 2016 2:09pm
by Harry Dixon
Earthquake.
There's been another earthquake in Italy tonight with a range of 5.6 on the Richter Scale. This time it's been the central zone of the country to get a good thumping. Places named in the reports given in Il Piccolo are Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Visso and Preci in...
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Last Post: Oct 26, 2016 9:39pm
by Larry Southgate
Palaazzo Carciotti
The "palace" stands on the Riva to the right of the "Grand Canal". IT is clearly a huge building and was to have been a museum. The new "junta" Decided to put two thirds of it on the market but were advised that no-one would want it on those terms. It is now for sale...
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Last Post: Oct 23, 2016 4:23pm
by Harry Dixon
How to learn to be English!
There is a small article in the web-site of Il Piccolo tonight which is vairy interesssting: For the past two or three years there has been established in Sistiana a Language School teaching English and other languages. Unfortunately for the owner, apparently an...
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Last Post: Oct 21, 2016 11:05pm
by Larry Southgate
S nippets from Il Piccolo.
From tonights Piccolo web-site: The Euro has fallen below $1.10 today on the markets but the sterling has gained a few points. 20,000 babies and infant have arrive as migrants in Italy so far this year, according to Unicef. A couple of months ago a children'...
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Last Post: Oct 18, 2016 11:13pm
by Larry Southgate
Drivers and words.
Drivers first of all - I used to blame Clarkson for the growing tendency amongst drivers to consider the whole exercise a challenge. Clarkson clowns seem to feel that any car in front of them MUST be passed - even if there is a chain of other cars in front and their...
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Last Post: Oct 17, 2016 7:32pm
by Harry Dixon
Freebees!
There must be some of you out there, even the 'silent majority' who have grandchildren, even great and great-great grandchildren who could be interested in LEGo. So do them a favour and get them some LEGO toys for Xmas. Buy the Daily Mail on Saturday and the Mail...
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Last Post: Oct 11, 2016 8:55pm
by Larry Southgate
What are the odds...........?
This morning I went to the local health centre for a routine blood test and took a book of crossword puzzles to pass the time - there can be a bit of a queue. i took a ticket, saw there were 7 before me and settled in for a wait. I came to a clue which read, "Rupe...
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Last Post: Oct 7, 2016 2:15pm
by Harry Dixon
Trooping the Colour 1947
In the journal (well done again Geoff) Edward Lawton tells a great tale about playing in the King's Own Regimental band on this occasion and he would love to see a copy of the programme. There is such a programme at the King's Own Royal Regiment's Museum in Lancaster...
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Last Post: Oct 5, 2016 8:03pm
by Harry Dixon
Never let your right hand........
THE TRIESTE COUNCIL BEAUROCRATS GOT THEIR KNICKERS IN A TWIST THIS WEEK. 18 September 1938, Benito Mussolini announced, from a balcony overlooking Piazza Unita, to a huge welcoming crowd, the promulgation of the Racial Laws, which forbid the Jews any rights in It...
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Last Post: Sep 16, 2016 10:40pm
by Larry Southgate
Italy gets upset at UE meeting.
At the meeting of UE leaders in Bratislava, Renzi, the Italian Premier, has fallen out with Merkel and Hollande, saying - "we cannot agree in any way on migrants and austerity". Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, one time President of Italy, who led the country in the troubled...
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Last Post: Sep 16, 2016 10:26pm
by Larry Southgate
Love thy brother **?......
Headline in Il Piccolo web-site yesterday: KOSOVO calla out halt from Belgrade to Europe. SERBIA, in her negotiations for joining the UE: "We will respect all the conditions, excepting that on the independence of PRISTINA." A short synopsis of the article is...
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Last Post: Sep 16, 2016 10:20pm
by Larry Southgate
Brace yourselves !
Dave was quite right to fear the worst about the new "advent" - the coming of the greatest merchandising opportunity of the year - and we shall all be the victims. I've already been a victim; I've had two mince pies. The guilty party was the shop I praised so re...
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Last Post: Sep 15, 2016 7:37pm
by Harry Dixon
Pola.
Whilst I was on holiday I took a trip down to Pola. To celebrate the fact that it was 70 years ago that I had spent almost six months there in Monumenti Barracks. They have done a lot of building in the town but most of the old town is still as I left it. The P...
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Last Post: Sep 11, 2016 10:33pm
by Larry Southgate
Has the world slowed down?
Has the world slowed down?? I ask the question because today, it seems, has been the longest Sunday I have experienced for months. Every time I looked at one of my clocks it seemed as if the hands had stopped. Same thing when I tuned in the telly. I was sure...
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Last Post: Sep 11, 2016 10:20pm
by Larry Southgate
Anybody know (or knew) this person in Trieste?
I've been exchanging e-mails with a friend in Trieste and in his latest he tells me his father knew a person called Terry Norris, who was also an Interpreter/Translator. Anybody got any memories?
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Last Post: Sep 9, 2016 10:30pm
by Larry Southgate
Old friends
Recently I have lost two very good friends David Tynan and Gordon Bishop.I am in the fortunate position that I speak to members most weeks and we go over the time we spent in Trieste. If you are one of our members that keeps saying to your self I will Phone an old fr...
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Last Post: Aug 19, 2016 11:08am
by Roland
Holidays
Evening all. I will not be contributing much in the next 15 days as I am going on holiday to Trieste and Tarvisio tomorrow. Back in the UK on 29 August. Cheers, Larry
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Last Post: Aug 8, 2016 10:13pm
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
LAST POST
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
LAST POST : DAVE TYNAN - (598)
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
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
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
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
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
Untitled
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
Referendum
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
BETFOR GRAND NATIONAL WINNERS
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
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
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