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|>>|| No. 20445
Does that include the victims of state backed Unionist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland too then?
|>>|| No. 20446
Some of the eariler posts seem to have been deleted from this thread. Why is this?
|>>|| No. 20449
I deleted my own screencap of a bunch of DM comments because I considered it to be a weak and lazy addition to the thread. The iron fist of mod-kind played no role, nor did Big Poppy.
|>>|| No. 20450
How do you blink a dash and how do you blink a dot? Is a dash just a long blink?
|>>|| No. 20460
I'm always impressed someone picked up on what he was doing. I know morse code to an extent, but I'm not sure I'd have recognised that's what he was doing unless told. I suppose US intelligence bods would be much more likely to think about the possibility. Or maybe it's a thing they'd be trained to do, though the story told never makes it out like that.
|>>|| No. 20486
There's a huge difference between knowing Morse code and knowing it fluently. I'd expect any military-trained radio operator of that era to pick up on it immediately. For reference, this is what an exchange between two skilled Morse users sounds like:
|>>|| No. 20519
Everyone on Look North is wearing a poppy. It's not even pissing Halloween yet.
|>>|| No. 20537
We, comparatively speaking, hardly even lost anyone on D-Day. It was Omaha Beach where things went to hell in a hand basket.
|>>|| No. 20544
Omaha beach, comparatively speaking, hardly lost anyone in the second world war. It was the siege of Stalingrad where things went to hell in a hand basket.
|>>|| No. 20545
Yeah, and if there were a load of T34s on the hockey shirt I might have mentioned it.
|>>|| No. 20550
Honestly I'd rather have been at the Normandy landings than go back to Hull. Closest I've been to death, other than Doncaster.
|>>|| No. 20557
One of my great-granddads was on the German side (my nan was German). He was shot to shreds in a trench in northern France in September of 1944 by British aircraft attacking his post. His wife got a condolence letter from his regiment leader describing the events in eerie detail.
We fought a good cause, but that doesn't mean there was no human suffering on the enemy side. My great-granddad was a young lad of 27, with a wife and three kids at home, and I'm sure there were a million other things he'd rather have been doing than being cannon fodder for the Fuhrer in the latter days of WWII. If I remember my nan's stories correctly, he had made plans to escape deployment to the Western front and go into hiding, and he was on home leave just before he got sent to France, but he was too afraid the Gestapo would find out and arrest him or harm his family. The Gestapo didn't take kindly to that kind of thing, and they'd either execute you or send you to a concentration camp. So I guess in a world like that, bizarrely, you were almost better off sitting in a trench in northern France with your hands over your head, hoping against the odds that you would come back in one piece, than going into hiding and living in constant fear of being found out and shot in the head by secret police.
|>>|| No. 20590
People have been getting very mad about the rainbow poppy and the gays not being able to last one day without making it all about them.
|>>|| No. 20593
I really wish you hadn't deleted your messages.
Censorship first happens in the heart - that's why it hurts so much.
When you consider the amount of world war veterans left alive (i assume it's few), it seems reasonable to extend the symbol further to relevant parties - else the tradition be lost to time. The only alternative i can imagine is to create more war heros.
My Nan would recount fear of the bombs coming down every time i'd forgetfully scare her with a loud noise, and a lady i used to know would tell me how her brother said "that's me, i won't be coming back" whenever 'We'll Meet Again' came over the radio, but that's about all my connection to the world wars. Maybe that's why i don't think too much of this poppy rebranding.
Now, after a good 3 weeks or so, how has your thought developed?
|>>|| No. 20607
It's strange how the g appears to be lower case and the rest not. and the gap is rather large. Why is it such low resolution?
Surely that's not real, or someone pinned it to him while patting him down before a public appearance?
|>>|| No. 20609
... and here's the one they photoshopped on to him. The light reflecting on it is identical.
|>>|| No. 20644
A man who disrupted a Remembrance Sunday event with fireworks had to be rushed away from angry veterans by police.
The fireworks exploded in the sky as hundreds of people stood in silence at 11:00 GMT and listened to the Last Post at the cenotaph in Eccles, Salford.
A man had set them off from a window ledge in a disused pub across the road. Angry veterans began shouting, "Get him out!" and trying to break down the pub door before officers took the man away.
I don't think anything this year will top last year's paedo-vigilantes.
|>>|| No. 20645
I've heard/seen so many complaints about poppy burners this year yet I don't think anyone new has actually done it this time around.
People get really angry at the argument that burning something as a symbolic or political gesture is exactly the sort of thing that you're only really allowed to do because of the freedom are lads fought for.
|>>|| No. 20646
There's a video doing the rounds of an Irish woman burning a poppy in London. Probably a Labour voter.
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