Latest posts by Palaisglide

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:51

Got the message Verdun and wilco. A last word, it takes 75% of the forces to put 25% near a fighting line, in the first world war or the early years it was about 50% and cooks clerks orderlies could find themselves in the fight. Those in the lines went through hell though unless it was a set piece battle most would be well back. The old adage of 90% boredom 10% wish you were not here still goes today in Afghanistan or any war zone. The forces did not dwell on the bad bits they let their hair down and did all the normal things between but when called toed the line. I found ICI after my service a much more dangerous place, the hairs on the back of the neck are the usual warning device but at ICI you needed eyes and sensors in every orifice. Will now back off do not want to become that too much information chap who is flooding the threads.


What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:10

I would ask who are the experts people who tell us their own likes and dislikes or forbid us to eat as we wish, we are our own experts, we know what we like, what is good for our particular needs and may it always be so.

I eat thinning's raw in salads, washed salt pepper a drop of Olive oil. I love beans young green and tasty, depends on the type you grow, peas bring them on raw or just cooked not stewed as often happens, mange tout? do not see the point, no peas just pod. Love beetroot steamed and eaten warm. Cabbage is a favourite, properly cooked, still chewy with pepper and butter a meal in its self.

Raised beds some need them and why not make gardening easy for people who through age or various problems cannot get down to it just keep growing your own however you do it.



Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:54

Angela, your biggest problem is drying out Rhododendron hate that, they are setting root a mulch if you can get it of half rotted manure and straw helps keep the moisture in if not a mulch of garden compost or leaf mould. They do like well drained sandy soil, sounds daft after saying do not let them dry out, their natural habitat is part shaded woodland damp with morning dew. It will take a year or so to grow and flower properly both mine and my Daughters have been the best ever this year and they are both very old plants. Be patient, make sure the soil is slightly acidic and enjoy as they mature.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:41

I remain bemused, what is a glastonberry?? can you eat it, custard or cream. Says he  glued to the TV during the August Proms and John.Wilson with his music of the movies and shows is the icing on the cake.

Saw Matt Monroe many years ago at Great Yarmouth he was a lovely lad and after the show came out talking to the people passing, no airs or graces, one of us. Todays music is C and W one of my old long play records.



Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:36

Just another day.

How quiet it is under the trees

All cambed up enjoying the breeze

The dappled sunshine in forest glade

As we sit picking the grass sucking a blade.


Thinking of family friends far away

As at peace we while the hours away

The earphones hanging give the news

Followed by music singing the blues


A shout decam pack up mount ready to move

Pack it all back on board with one last shove

Then sitting and waiting always a bore

Before start up move out with a mighty roar.

And back home people got on with normal life, did they ever give the forces a thought, at that time no, we blocked the roads with convoys damaged property with our machines just a nuisance but, large but, there comes a time when they are needed, bring out the flags.



Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 00:12

Big questions Fishy, Infantry DLI then REME forcible transfer as they needed tradesmen, served with 4th RTR in the Middle East twice then Cyprus twice and Europe managing by being in the wrong place at the wrong time to make it to Warrant Officer First Class. Always with armour. If you thought the Cold War a peaceful era I am afraid you never knew how close you came. What ever forces men and women served in it was live today forget tomorrow and we did. Owen was a graduate he had to lead that is quite a Burdon to carry your orders can get people killed yet you have to get the job done, Owen did have a breakdown but went back, there were many poets and diarists in that war and we hear them quoted all the time. There were others who's letters tell of the best time of their lives, clothed fed and the comradeship like being on holiday they write, those letters are coming to light now.

It was called the war to end all wars yet 20 years on it was raging again and from then Politicians have revelled in war to enhance their standing, they never learn, the serving forces do though, we all become pacifists when we see the stupidity of it all.


PS sorry it is becoming a bit heavy, war solves nothing.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:28

Fishy, My point is Infantry once engaged are far too busy to be thinking morbid thoughts. As to the poetry we ran a poetry thread last year, people who had never put pen to paper became stars then as with all threads it faded away.

If you read the Regimental Histories you find men spent more time out of the trenches training. A Battalion would take over a trench system then rotate Companies in and out anything from a week to ten days. There would be anomalies there always are, we would have rations for two weeks up the blue and end up doing three weeks you made the best of it and old hands knew the system being good Boy Scouts in our time we came prepared. 

The horror came when men went over the top in droves and died without ever seeing the enemy or firing a shot, that could never happen again and by 1917 they did know better, modern infantry skills were born at that time and are still practiced today. No matter what inventions they come up with feet on the ground are always needed even today.


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:04


The observers see the horrors and dwell on them, the infantry man is as always optimistic, you have trained for this now get on and do it.


We sing as we march to the starting line

Maggie may and songs of women and wine

As overloaded we march in bright sunshine

All of us know we will survive this time.


Drop heavy kit and stand around wait a while

Check you weapons top up ammo from that pile

Line up bayonets fixed and still we smile

One last fag before we advance that one last mile


Right lads beyond that hedge the enemy lay

Not sure where on the hill or in the hay

Advance to contact when I say

Keep spread out it's another day.


Your thoughts are where is the next cover, the rock, ditch, dip in the ground or a fold in a meadow, you do not know the grand plan and only see what is within two hundred yards of you, you have no interest in what other troops are doing just your own platoon. You may never make contact or come under fire within yards, then it is chaos you look after your own mates and they you. We are not thinking morbid thoughts because we are fire proof, then one day you are not.




A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:16

I lock the front door when in the back or side garden a s I can neither see or hear anyone there. So out the front locked the door pottering about thought I need some tools from the garage get the keys. back down the drive unlocked the door and opened the key drawer! no keys. Searched everywhere coats trousers in the wash basket desks cupboards and then sat down to think it out. Idiot, the garage keys are on the key ring for the front door, relief, where did I put those keys? "oh Heck as like" cannot find them went through the same routine and no result. thinks, must have left them on the greenhouse shelf. Out the front door turned to shut it there are the keys complete with garage keys.

What was I thinking why the sudden Senior Moment when they do not usually happen to me, am I flipping my lid I ask, the task I meant to do had by then vanished from my thoughts so some lucky weed had a reprieve. Does this happen to others?

Frank blushingly.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 23:27

Half the road seemed to have put a light in the window as I did and they went out just after eleven, we remember them.


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