Sunday, 23 July 2017

Victoriana 2

Tachybaptus, Going Postal

Chapter 2

As Victoriana passed back through the garden gate, a terrified scream rent the air. 
She rushed up the steps and entered the house to hear another squeal of horror which seemed to emanate from the nursery, towards which room her father and mother were hurrying, followed by one or two of the braver domestics armed with brooms and dusters and whatever else they had to hand. Her father was carrying a ancient umbrella with a carved eagle’s head, with which he thrust open the door whence the screams were crescendoing. What a sight met their eyes – Nanny Prewitt was wobbling dangerously as she stood on a chair clutching her skirts around her.

Postcard from Way-Els

Sophie

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Operation Ironclad 1942 - The Almost Forgotten Art of Fighting and Beating the French

Blown Periphery, Going Postal

The Madagascar Campaign of WW2 was a combined operation fought by the forces of the British Empire, to  capture and occupy the island of Madagascar in 1942.  It took place in a seemingly remote backwater  and the operation has been overshadowed by events in the Middle East and the Western Desert.   Madagascar was a French Colony and even in wartime there are political considerations.  While the  Free-French forces were aligned to Britain, the Vichy Forces of Marshal P├ętain were not.  The Vichy  Government was pro-Axis and the British feared that Madagascar would be handed over to the Japanese.   This would constitute an unacceptable threat to British and Allied supply routes in the Indian Ocean,  specifically the route round the Cape and through the Mozambique Channel.

British agents on Madagascar reported on 17th February 1942, that three Japanese warships were in the  harbour at Diego Suarez.  The British Government made a request to South Africa for a photographic  reconnaissance flight over the harbour.  Two SAAF Glen Maryland bombers fitted with cameras and long  range fuel tanks, were dispatched to Lindi on the East African coast.  The aircraft flew 700 miles  across the Indian Ocean, photographed the harbour and returned safely to Lindi. More recce flights were requested, which revealed a further six merchant ships, a cruiser and two  submarines.  These flights involved a flight of eight hours, often in atrocious weather conditions and  the SAAF crews should be commended.


Postcard from Cornwall

Thorty Two, Going Postal

Friday, 21 July 2017

Turin Brakes - Painkiller



A Demographic, Disenfranchised - Part One

Coloniescross, Going Postal

The Referendum and the Immediate Aftermath

I know this isn't news, and probably isn't even worth a comment TBF, but, we're getting lied to, about  child poverty, recession, prices, Grenfell, inflation, the ABBC, suicide rates, mental illness, the EU,  Russia, Labour voting patterns, Tory briefings, Donald Trump, faggotry, "climate change", emissions, the  NHS, Foreign Aid, Charities, immigration, housing, homelessness, the far right, the rabid nasty left,  terrorism, Islam and may many more things on top.

The above is a recent post that I made on this esteemed blog. The point I wanted to make, which a few of  those that didn’t read it picked up on, was the dilemma that I face, as a “normal” sort of person, when  it comes to deciding who to vote for in any upcoming election. For several years now I have taken some  comfort in the fact that, along with quite a large number of other people, I have been able to “protest  vote” by putting my X next to the UKIP candidate where such a choice has been available. I even  harboured the faint belief (for a short period of time) that my protest vote could become something more  and might even be instrumental in UKIP getting a couple of MP’s  into parliament and from there creating  a small “revolution” as it were.