Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Friday, 26 October 2018
I hope you'll support my son Louis in this excellent charitable endeavour. He's already secured a £500 donation from the St. James's Place Charitable Foundation but more is needed! Please feel free to repost this on your own blogs.
The Long Walk Home is Haig Housing’s national event commemorating the centenary of the ending of the First World War. The event will consist of a pilgrimage on foot of 100 Veterans and Serving Personnel from across the United Kingdom who will walk the 100 miles from the Menin Gate in Ypres to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, timed to arrive for the National Service of Remembrance on Sunday 11th November 2018. Planned as a mark of respect to those who died in the Great War, it will also raise funds for the charity.
My name is Louis Blackwell and I am a serving member of the Royal Navy. I am proud to have been selected to be one of the walkers for the Long Walk Home. I will be walking 25 miles on 4 consecutive days from Belgium to London. The walk will begin at Ypres in Belgium - scene of three major battles and Headquarters of the British salient in the First World War.
I will be walking for those who came home and those who didn’t.
Haig Housing Trust started its life to meet the needs of Veterans returning from the Great War. Today they aim to provide homes at affordable rents to the ex-Service community, providing tailored housing solutions to severely wounded and disabled Veterans.
“The Long Walk Home recognises the great sacrifice given by so many and the pilgrimage to walk the route from Flanders to the Cenotaph to take part in the National Act of Remembrance by today’s serving personnel and Veterans will be a poignant commemoration”. General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO
I would be grateful if you felt able to support me in raising funds for the Long Walk Home. Please make your donation at my JustGiving page
Thank you for your support.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
In late September/early October we had a couple of weeks away in the Netherlands. While touring (in the Command Bus - as seen here) we again visited Den Helder. This has nothing to do with the motorhome parking being (a) very nice and (b) bang next to the Dutch Naval Museum.
While there I felt it would be rude not to visit the rather good model shop. Sadly this is now at the other side of town but we have bikes. As indeed does everyone in that country.
A brisk 3km of pedalling duly brought us to the requisite emporium wherein I uncovered a few bargains. Accustomed to the brand Marklin being a prelude to a ruinous price tag, I was pleased to secure the bridge above for a reasonable amount,
Saturday, 6 October 2018
Friday, 5 October 2018
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
The Syrian air attacks just kept coming... (this and next two photos by Ian)
By now Israeli reinforcements were gathering in some strength, with M-48...
Intriguingly, the Syrians spent a lot of time assaulting strongpoints
and only in the south was real progress made
On the ground the front ends of two Syrian divisions – two tank brigades and two motor rifle brigades confronted a thin crust of Israeli tanks and strongpoints. Both sides were also well supplied with air support. The scenario was broadly historical but supposed that the Syrians had gone with their preferred option of attacking early in the day, rather than delaying until noon at the behest of their Egyptian allies. Several crossings were made over the AT ditch although one of the Syrian bridgelayer companies had perished in an Israeli airstrike. Syrian casualties were relatively light, reflecting their deliberate approach. The flip side was that they didn’t push forward as aggressively as I’d have liked but that’s the joy of having real players!
The game proceeded at a healthy pace – it’s always pleasing when game time runs faster than real time. Even the players who were new to LCW soon picked it up, such are the benefits of simple mechanisms. Despite the breaks for tea, coffee and lunch (this was Knuston, remember!) we made good progress and all present claimed to have enjoyed the experience. Lunch-table conversation inevitably turned to other possible scenarios so it may be that the ‘big’ Little Cold Wars game at Knuston becomes an annual event. Watch this space…