The Sinews of War

By Major A D Bolland This is a surprising booklet ! Only 98 pages thin, but what an extraordinary account. It is the divisional ‘report’ of the logistics for the 53rd Welsh Division, on their quest to reach and defeat Germany  back in 1944-45. They landed in Normandy and wound…

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The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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Book review Objective Saint-Lô

Objective Saint-Lô By Georges Bernage George Bernage has produced an excellent book with his Objective St-Lô. The book does not provide a fixed story-line as such, but is rather a collection of eye witness accounts of the heavy fighting that took place in this part of France after the Omaha…

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Initial skirmishes

Here’s my first post on the actual initialization of my cockpit project. SO many things to prepare, to plan, to think about, to research…….. I wish I had more time ! 🙂 I started with laying out all the bits and pieces I collected over the years. Some bought, some…

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My Home Cockpit Project

This, my dear friends, has been on my bucket list for, oh, at least 30 years. Flight Simulation has been the ONE steady thing in my life ever since 1976 when I saw the very first non-mainframe computer….. and a crude flight simulator program on it. I have since owned…

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Retirement is here

Yup, you read that right…….. I turned 65, so I retired. Well….. or so I believe. But I seem to be the only one. Mind you, I’d LOVE to now ONLY do all the things I love doing….. but it turns out that it is not possible. For various reasons.…

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Reading about Dragoon

No, not the soldiers on horses but rather the ‘other’ landing that occurred in France, 2 months after D-Day ! Operation Dragoon was the concerted effort of the allies to land on the French Riviera coast and form a second front in France. So far a very interesting read, in…

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D-Day Airfields – Book Review

Airfields of the D-Day Invasion Air Force (Paperback) 2nd Tactical Air Force in South-East England in WWII By Peter Jacobs A book for researchers, tourists and history buffs alike ! For most people when we say ‘D-Day’, the pictures of the French beaches, smoke, men running through waves, landing craft…

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New WW2 Book review

One of the things I do regularly these days (what with no TV and more time to read in bed and elsewhere) is review books. Yes, for Pen & Sword Publishing from the UK, but also books from other publishers. Lot of fun, and I try to pick books that…

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An Italian mobile phone number

Alright, it took me a year of contemplating, several weeks of googling, and these past two days hours and hours of internet ‘work’ PLUS not one but TWO visits to Marsciano (the nearest town)….. but I now have CHEAP Italian phone number WITH 2 GBb of Internet…… only 10 Euros…

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New WW2 book review – Greece

When looking through the list of new titles I received a while ago from Pen & Sword, this book and its short description caught my eye. For one, I am not intimately familiar with that part of the second world war…. what went on in the Middle East and the…

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Ik ben een cultuurbarbaar

Ik heb geen geduld (meer) voor muziek, ben 3 keer in mijn leven naar het Concertgebouw geweest, krimp in elkaar bij opera, vind Picasso een knoeier en kan niet dansen. Sterker nog, ik werd toen ik een jaar of 14 was na 15 lessen van dansles verwijderd. Volgens mijn danspartner…

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Cotto, the local stones

Good, another step. We have found the hand-made tiles that will go onto our terrace….. the family business at the company below has a great and friendly attitude towards customers, an honest, local made product AND a great price ! Now we’ll need to drive down there with a truck…

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Italian traffic regulations

I am now thoroughly convinced that there is an Italian traffic rule that I was not aware of. As a foreigner here, you would never have guessed, just like me. But you know, in Italy it MUST be MANDATORY to use your cell phone while driving ! How else could…

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Bureaucracy ad infinito…..

Italy’s bureaucracy: one step forward, 2 backwards 6 months ago we tried to get Nina admitted as resident, but at the town hall they told us she has to have an approved Italian medical insurance forst. So we headed back to the little village where the closest first aid post…

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Fire !

Never a dull day here in our new place in Italy. Today, while I was cutting down some trees in our ‘garden’, suddenly a black cloud of smelly smoke emerged from the neighbour’s chimney! That didn’t look good! So we dropped everything and rushed over to warn them, but the…

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Watch the arms !

One of the things here in Italy you have to watch out for, is not hurt ladies’ hands while driving through the streets of your local village or town. Uh?? Well, the thing is, Italians gesticulate a LOT, even when talking to others on the opposite sidewalk….. already quite a…

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SOLD !

YESSSSSSS !! Against all odds (we think) we sold our little apartment in the French Alps. We had it for almost 17 years and we LOVED our times living there. And quite frankly, our last trip to the region to see the ‘notaire’ DID have some emotional moments. Like saying…

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Far and few between

…. blog posts that is. Let me tell you, working and living in two countries doesn’t leave much time to blog on top of it. Facebook still rules ! Sadly……. because writing articles, however short, on a a blog is more fun. But also sadly, Facebook has a much bigger…

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We’re moving

Well, we have STARTED to move at least. Just had news from our friends and neighbors in Umbria that the gas/heating system has been fixed….. good news now that it is still a bit nippy! We’ve loaded the car with boxes, gardening tools and a lot of other ‘stuff’ and…

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Stuff that needs sorting

When moving into another place there are many things to be taken care of. When moving into another country, there are many MORE! When we decided we were going to bid on our Italian house we knew that already, having bought property in France many years ago. But with Italy…

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