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by afew Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 11:29:35 AM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 11:29:59 AM EST
I've finally managed to track down my Great Grandfathers medal citation form the first world war. it turned up in the post this morning. Its for a day and night spent as a stretcher bearer crawling out into no mans land and rescuing the wounded, as family legend said.

Good to have written confirmation.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:00:38 PM EST
My grandfather was a doctor, he did the Gallipoli campaign (one of Churchill's disasters) as an intern straight out of medical school. I remember him talking about it. Gallipoli being part of NZ's national legend and all.

I learned many years later that he had also been at the Somme. He didn't talk about that.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:20:17 PM EST
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My father was at Stalingrad.  He got flown out because he was injured.  He had schrapnel under his scalp for the rest of his life.

Not a very glorious family history.  Yours is much better, I will admit.

by stevesim on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 01:36:46 PM EST
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your father did his duty, I guess. Very few people get to choose which army they fight with. And as for choosing a combattant or non-combattant role... I suppose that if my grandfather hadn't gone to medical school, he would have been an officer.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:59:03 AM EST
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thanks for this.  Outside of Germany, few people think that way.  
by stevesim on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 07:11:00 AM EST
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Anyone who knows their history should be able to tell the Werhmacht from the Waffen SS in terms of beahaviour and responsibility.

Unfortunately, it can bee too much to expect people to know their history.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 08:49:23 AM EST
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Actually, the Wehrmacht was involved in a lot of the atrocities in Russia and Ukraine.  
by stevesim on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 09:51:01 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:25:02 AM EST
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My grandfather designed airfields, then transferred into the Army band corps where he played E flat clarinet. I have an airfield blueprint around here somewhere...
by asdf on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 06:05:47 PM EST
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if only all armies were composed entirely of musicians, what a world we would live in!
by stevesim on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:50:49 AM EST
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Has anyone seen this new Ken Loach film yet? Planning to see it tonight.



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:10:57 PM EST
We were planning to go to see it, presented by Ken himself, as a backup plan if we didn't get tickets for his award ceremony at the Lyon film festival.

But we did, so we didn't. I missed it on release a few months ago.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:15:27 PM EST
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I saw it last month. Well worth it.

You may need the subtitles to follow the Glaswegian...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:20:44 PM EST
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I think I need subtitles, I couldn't even follow the trailer

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:37:21 PM EST
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I'll have Untertitels auf Deutsch.

i remember when Trainspotting first showed in the US, Glaswegian with english subtitles.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:40:02 PM EST
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My year living in Corby isn't wasted, and I shall have to watch that

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:50:25 PM EST
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As afew wrote, well worth it.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 04:22:20 PM EST
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Though they didn't mention Caol Ila.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 04:24:11 PM EST
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While you've been having fun, I've been washing out casks, then emptying a mash tun, ie after the brew all the spent grain has to be shoveled out and then trying to walk out the brewery without revealing that everything ached.

I don't know how long I can last before I crash, I am knackered

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:33:05 PM EST
In a maudlin, but commercial kind of way. (Stick around 'til the end when the players show, to get a flavor of this team, worth it if you can last through Freddie's gem.)

And don't forget how awesome they won it all.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:43:24 PM EST
Wow, Celtic beat Barca, 2-1. Winning goal scored by an 18 year old making his european debut.

Love this comment;
"When I was 18, I was writing pretentious lyrics, slacking my way through college, and wearing more black than was healthy. I was definitely not scoring against Barcelona on my European debut. Tony Watt never has to do anything else in his life. Git"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 7th, 2012 at 04:43:44 PM EST
apparently Celtic only had 16.2% posession, the lowest ever for a winning side in the Champions league.

the whole team will never have to buy a drink ever again

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 07:38:02 AM EST
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by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 04:53:14 AM EST
Yea, I more or less said the same thing to a friend of mine last Saturday

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 08:16:41 AM EST
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most of my friends tell me that my description of my job is the best cure for insomnia.
by stevesim on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:51:52 AM EST
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Twitter / StewartWood: US Treasury Sec's outgoing ...
US Treasury Sec's outgoing call-log to counterparts, Jan 2010-June 2012: ECB Pres, 58; Germany, 36; France, 32; UK, 19 pic.twitter.com/bvWPsrza


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 07:36:01 AM EST
So Europe has a phone number after all!

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 08:18:18 AM EST
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The ECB power grab proceeds as planned.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 08:50:14 AM EST
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That's not a phone number, that's the deficit ... :(


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by Number 6 on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:05:11 AM EST
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I was thinking of coming to Spain mid-January, but I now see that the Milan-Barcelona night train will be cancelled from Dec 6....
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 07:59:56 AM EST
Rachel Maddow schools the Wingnuts:



Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot

by ATinNM on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:39:58 AM EST
And I see CH has already posted it.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:56:12 AM EST
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