Monday, 15 November 2021

An Important Start To The Day,

it was Remembrance Sunday,

the day is held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, it is held on the second Sunday in November (the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in World War I in 1918), at 11.00 the chimes of Big Ben,

wreaths are laid by the Cenotaph in Whitehall,

on this most special of days all differences are forgotten,

after the laying of wreaths the Last Post is sounded,

the Last Post was played after 2 minutes silence, Lest We Forget,

the day was also the start of our Christmas celebrations,

I had already put the tee up and made sure the lights worked,

so it was Diana's turn to play with the tree,

that is it for today, more decorations will go on over the next few days/weeks,

so time for a selfie,

I just had to get in for a selfie,


then time to light the candles,

for our starter a thick farmhouse county soup,

the Christmas decoration with candles looking so nice,

for our main course a chicken which we followed with a sticky toffee pudding, then it was feet up for the late afternoons film,

 Lawrence of Arabia, a classic, the story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks, the film Lawrence of Arabia, a film that I could never tire of watching, even though it is over 3 hours long, great film, as an aside, on his first location scouting trip in Jordan, director Sir David Lean discovered the remains of the Turkish locomotives and railroad tracks T. E. Lawrence had destroyed during the Arab Revolution, after forty years in the sun, they hadn't even rusted,

if you are into reading this period is covered in Seven Pillars of Wisdom  by T. E. Lawrence, and a good read it was too, 

almost as good is a book I have, written by a friend of mine Victor Winstone as I knew him, titled Captain Shakespear, as one reviewer wrote, 'This wonderful book details just how great our influence in modern Saudi Arabia would have been if it had not been for the incompetence of the British Government', incompetence, British Government? who would have thought that? for a brief look at the life of Captain Shakespear have a look here, we then started on some of the chestnuts as we watched another Endeavour before we were off to bed.

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