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 Post subject: Re: Books: Change – Gay from China at the Chalet School
PostPosted: 05 Feb 2020, 15:35 
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We were delighted that my father lived to be presented with the Légion d'Honneur, as he was a Normandy veteran. That was a wonderful, wonderful party, and we learnt things about his war service (which he never spoke of, although we always knew he'd been wounded when the man behind him trod on a mine in Holland) that we had never known.


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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2020, 13:22 
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Weren't kids in Liverpool still playing on bomb sites in the '50s, if not the '60s as well?


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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2020, 13:52 
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There were certainly bomb sites in Bristol in the 1960s. Buddleias were known as the bomb site bush since they grew so profusely there.


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PostPosted: 08 Feb 2020, 20:03 
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I remember going to London Zoo in the mid-1960s and riding on the top of the 'bus. There were still many bombsites visible then and my grandmother was very forcible in telling me that you shouldn't play in them because of the dangers of unexploded bombs.


I lived in Sheffield at one point. The road in which I lived had a house missing at the end because of bomb damage and that wasn't replaced until the 2000s. Technically, children were still playing on bomb sites up until recently!


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Alison H wrote:
Things definitely took a turn during the war years. Hilda’s reaction to the news of Jack’s death was to quote from the Bible and tell Joey to trust in God that Jack was still alive. The chances that he was still alive were very remote, and it wasn’t really an appropriate thing for Hilda to say – shouldn’t she have offered her condolences and asked if she could do anything to help, rather than give Jo what was probably false hope? .


But for anyone who believes, Alison, it wouldn't have been false hope at all. Faith asks us to put our trust in the Lord, even in the worst of circumstances, when things seem hopeless. We know He holds us in the palm of His hand. Jo would have understood exactly what Hilda meant - though her feelings did rather run amok at the thought of being left alone to bring up the girls, didn't they? :? But that's also understandable. The Lord understands tears...

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lizco2 wrote:
There were certainly bomb sites in Bristol in the 1960s. Buddleias were known as the bomb site bush since they grew so profusely there.



I remember those!


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