It's the first time in my life that I've read such interesting, tolerant, civil, good natured, respectful opinions on a such "touchy" subject on any Message Boards.
This demonstrates the quality, intelligence and friendliness of the people posting on these wonderful Message Boards and I feel so proud of being part of SSO.
Thanks to all for being the way you are!!
I couldn't agree with you more
I love the kind things you say about my country.
I'm fascinated by tales of life during the war. Were we are there was a large air base and many GI's were stationed here. Clark Gable passed through. My mother's cousin married a GI and went to live in Pennsylvania, it wasn't unusual. The older generation had lovely things to say about the GI's that were stationed here during the war. Sure they had things that we couldn't get hold of like stockings and chocolate. They were boys and young men a long way away from their families, often frightened and we took them to our heart.
Where we are was near a big munitions factory and we got heavily bombed, they often flew over us on the way to Liverpool. My mum remembers Liverpool burning and the air raid shelters.
There is a film called 'Yanks' which I believe is very close to what life for both the Brits and the GI'swas like here at that time.
I have often wondered about why we didn't fall to Hitler. Our island nation sheletered us, true. We are very proud that we held out until you joined us and the Second Front opened. To hear from someone who was stationed over here that he felt it was the British spirit that kept Hitler at bay is indeed very heartening.
You must visit the British isles. There is so much to see. I haven't seen it all yet, my parents weren't travellers. My children will see a great deal of our sceptured isle, from the capital to the countryside, the coast and the lakes, the National parks. I want to instill in them a feel for our history and heritage. I'm proud to be British/English.
If you're interested in the music of the sixties then you must come to Liverpool. I don't live that far from Liverpool about 40 min away. I'm close to the Lake District National Park which is a must.
There is a lot to do here.
I love the history of your name too, things like names really fascinate me.
Take care of yourself
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself - Charlie Chaplin