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3735) Clive Napier 
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Bedfordshire Location
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Thursday, 23 April 2020 11:41 Permalink

OK! I’ll contribute! Every kind of meeting, entertainment and re-union cancelled.
So I spoke to my local Police control room and they said that as I was ‘paid’ by the farmer in kind (rabbits), I can call it work that I can’t do from home! I have shooting permission over 2000 acres of farm land. But, unfortunately the world and his wife and kids are walking all over the place, so the shooting has had to stop. People don’t seem to be concerned about shotguns, but I use a .22 firearm rifle with telescopic sights and a silencer or a CZ .17 HMR with ballistic bullets and I think they find it a bit intimidating and of course with all these people walking about the rabbits are keeping their heads down.
I have another smaller farm I shoot on but I went round the fields last Friday and they don’t seem to have any crop damage from rabbits. So, no shooting there.
In the garden I have put up a couple of flag poles and fly the Union Flag and a Royal Signals Flag. After all it is our Centenary.
Thursdays people come out to clap so I have been playing ‘Simply the Best’ by Tina Turner at the same time. (Still got the disco gear)!
My wife, Rosie, has been laid off so she has got stuck into re-decorating the kitchen.
We have some paint in the shed and she got some wallpaper from e-Bay. The garden has been getting some attention too. The grape vines are sprouting, onions are in, the weeds in the stream at the front cut down. As for the TV……What a load of……..
Here’s some thoughts for a bit of distraction. [www.flightradar24.com] Track the aircraft in real time! Or…. [www.shipais.com] Again, tracking shipping around the UK. As for radio I listen to Rocket radio and Pumpkin FM, both on the internet and doing all the oldies.

Clive Napier
3734) John Kirby 
Location:
Cambridgeshire Location
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Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:22 Permalink

Hi All,
Well like everyone else we just have to grin and get on with it during this Coronavirus. Don't listen to the BBC the doom and gloom station but listen to Radio 4extra where you get all the old radio programs like the Goon show, Hancock’s half hour, the Navy Lark and Dad’s Army etc. I am catching up with gardening and all the odd jobs that I can find. One of the things that is frustrating me at the moment is, just before the lock down I bought myself an AJS motorcycle with the plan to get out and about the countryside this summer like I did as a Royal Signals DR.
I managed to get one ride of 24 miles and that's it because like most bikers we are obeying the "stay at home advice". Never mind the day will come when we can get back to normal again just like after WW2.
Stay safe everyone and good luck. smile
3733) Mike Graham 
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Thursday, 23 April 2020 10:04 Permalink

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Len Brace
3732) Alan Wood 
Location:
Barnstaple, N.Devon Location
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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 06:37 Permalink

A great read Mike, I wish you well in your new home. We live in a Parkhome, in the country, just outside Barnstaple: in mine and other residents' opinions a very safe place to live. I was looking forward to going to Blandford in June but that is not to be. I do the weekly shop at 8 am on a Tuesday because I will not admit to my age by going at 9. I refuse to have my mind scrambled by daytime TV and rarely listen to the news because I think that there is a lot of false news and scaremongering out there. I have a nice little garden and I've done a few jigsaw puzzles. Now into redecorating the whole home although at a certain age the body gets weary going up and down steps. I'm still in touch with some of the people from my time in the Royal Signals: in fact I've had a couple of messages yesterday from Sheila Hulks going way back to Lisburn in the mid 60s. Stay safe out there folks, look on the bright side and as they say, don't let the bastards get you down.

Mike Graham Wednesday, 22 April 2020 08:42
You're coping well, Alan. I hate decorating but luckily this new house had been done top to bottom before we moved in.
But apparently one of the hardest things to get nowadays, even on-line, is paint since everybody rushed to get it as the lockdowns started!
Although happy in our new place we should have been back in Cyprus at the beginning of April (we're going to split our time between our two homes) but sadly (or fortunately as it turned out) that was not to be. Just looking forward to getting back out there later in the year, inshallah!
3731) Mike Graham 
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:47 Permalink

PART 2

But something else happened during that time - a little beastie called the Corona virus appeared on the scene.

All around us businesses slowly, then more quickly, closed down. At the end it became a rush to get even the keys of the new house (the solicitors and estate agent were among the first to shut down), then the furniture shops, white goods and even a TV were threatened. We still have our house in Cyprus and so were literally starting again in the new place as far as goods and chattels are concerned.

But luckily, by the skin of our teeth, we managed to get in, complete with the necessaries of beds and settees etc.

So here we are, cosy in our new second home but with the 101 jobs which need to be done in any new house on the long finger because all the shops are still closed!

And to pass the time we go out for our permitted walk (within 2km of our home), do our permitted shop once a week (during the special time set aside for old people!), and have our brains turned to mush by afternoon television. Thank goodness for Netflix!

And the word of advice?

DON'T EVER MOVE INTO A NEW HOUSE DURING A PANDEMIC roll eyes (sarcastic)
3730) Mike Graham 
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:45 Permalink

Since I started it, here goes. And a word of advice at the end.

PART 1

As some of you many know I took early retirement in January of 2016 and moved with my wife Janet to beautiful North Cyprus (the Turkish side) where we have eventually rented a lovely little village house in Ozanköy, close to Kyrenia.

However, at the end of last year due to circumstances beyond our control, as the saying goes, we decided we should re-establish a base for ourselves back in Ireland where we'd lived for 30 years until our move.

We owned an apartment in Dublin city centre which we'd had since our youngest went to university there and which was where we invested our capital to buy a house whenever we did decide to retire (we were lucky enough to have a house provided as part of my work). But Dublin wasn't going to be our home and so the plan was to sell that and buy another house in our old stomping ground of Drogheda, about 50km north of Dublin.

This we did and the sale and purchase slowly progressed through the Irish legal system (there's a saying in the West of Ireland, where we lived in Galway when we first moved in 1987 that when God made time s/he made plenty of it. And when asked what the Irish for the Spanish word mañana the reply is "We don't have a word which conveys such a sense of urgency"!)
3729) Mike Graham 
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:11 Permalink

These are strange times indeed that we're living through and as John said in his message a lot of us would fall into the "endangered species" classification in many countries. As he says here's hoping we all stay safe.
But since so many of us are "locked in", wherever we may live, what are you doing to survive through this time?
One of the main things that most of us will perhaps be missing, being Communicators of one sort or another, is just that - face-to-face, personal, communication - with friends and loved ones.
So c'mon tell us what you're up to to pass the time.
3728) Mike Graham 
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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 08:40 Permalink

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3727) Laura McLeod 
Location:
Suffolk Location
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Monday, 13 April 2020 13:51 Permalink

Hello,
I'm looking for any information on my Grandad or any idea on where I can find information.
His name was Norman Carson McLeod, born in 1917. He served in WW2 and I believe his service number was 2325854, and that he was a signalman.
Unfortunately, he passed away in 1994 and we have limited information on him. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to email me if you can be of any help!
Thank you so much
Kind regards,
Laura McLeod

Mike Graham Tuesday, 14 April 2020 08:32
Laura
See [www.gov.uk]
Mike
3726) Mike Graham 
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Saturday, 11 April 2020 08:09 Permalink

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Tony Pule
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