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Steve's blighty diary.

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Hi folks, I'm now going to bore you all to death with my escapades in England.

I'll update, as and when I get access to a secure computer.

After an uneventful flight from Ireland, I landed and picked up my hire car,
of German manufacture. Petrol powered, but sounds like a diesel powered car of the 1960's.

Got to my brothers abode in just over an hour, stress free.

Went out and about today around Aylesbury. Had a pint in the tudor built Kings Arms.
Beer supplied by the local Chiltern brewery.....luverly stuff.:)

Bought some hooky tobacco from a local market saleman, who shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons.

I then made a trip to my home town of Princes Risborough, and sampled some more real ale in the Bird in Hand. Can't say I was enamoured with the sulky management.:mad: But nice beer though.

Wandered down across the railway tracks to the local footy ground to watch the local team........cuppa tea and a burger, plus 45 minutes of entertaining football.:)
I then moved further into town and had a swift half in The Bell PH, diffo strory there.....very friendly bunch.:)
Onwards to The George and Dragon Hotel(pub), and was distraut to find that they had ripped out 200 years of history and turned it into a wine bar type atmosphere. :). Nice beer though.:rolleyes::biggrin:

Leefer Lee, if you get stuck in Aylesbury over night....get to the Kings Arms.....you won't be dissappointed.;)

And Oz....the beer was not 'warm', but perfectly presented, and a delight to drink.:)

Not much else going on yet, just getting myself re-aclimatised to blighty.:2fun:

Oh yeah....weather is wonderful. wish you were here.:)


Steve.:)
 

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I didn't think you were going on a pub-crawl, but there again I'm restricted to a club that sells a pint of bitter at £1.60 a pint, and as you know, Steve, us ex-servicemen/rugby players don't drink much anyway!

Enjoy the trip

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Ooops...Kings Head it is. Blame that slip on the beer.redf):D:2fun:

Been out and about today.(Sunday). First stop was Bledlow, to try and get some bone yard photo's of rellies, for an FHUK member......no luck there, 90% are unreadable being made of sandstone (weathered away). Got piccies of a few houses and the church though. And the local pub, the The Lions.....didn't go in because I'm driving. Double drat.!!!!

I then proceeded to travel backwards(according to census) to the villages of my rellies. It all made perfect sense doing that.

Some absolutely wonderful landscapes, mostly ploughed flint and chalk fields and beech woods. One touching the other.
Took some photos but they could not do the scenery justice, so they got deleted. I'll try again with a different camera.:rolleyes:
Travelled down miles and miles of lanes beneath a canopy of beech trees, with a billion pin pricks of sunlight breaking through the leaves. Magical.

Parked up to have a cigarette at the main entrance of Chequers(prime ministers country retreat), and got some worrying glances from the security forces sat in their landrover......I didn't hang about when I saw the machine pistols hanging from their neck.:eek:

Drove past the foot of Coombe hill, near Butlers Cross where the Boer War memorial is undergoing renovations.

Through Butlers Cross and onwards to Terrick, turned right to have a look at The Chiltern Brewery .......but it was closed. More drats.!!!!

Returned to 'base', after 3 hours of the most wonderful sights, just in time to watch the Italian Grand Prix.

Home made beef pie and chips for tea. Yummmeeee.!!!

Rest my bones for tomorrow now. See ya'll later this week at some point.

Steve.:)
 

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Can someone tell me what chalk field are please? I tried googling but just talk of chalk fields but not what they are:confused: And how come England is called "blighty" at times?:confused:
 
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Hi Gibbo - here commences the first lesson

Chalk (pronounced /ˈtʃɔːk/) is a soft, white, porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. Calcite is calcium carbonate or CaCO3. It forms under relatively deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite plates (coccoliths) shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores. It is common to find chert or flint nodules embedded in chalk. Chalk can also refer to other compounds including magnesium silicate and calcium sulfate.

Chalk is resistant to weathering and slumping compared to the clays with which it is usually associated, thus forming tall steep cliffs where chalk ridges meet the sea. Chalk hills, known as chalk downland, usually form where bands of chalk reach the surface at an angle, so forming a scarp slope. Because chalk is porous it can hold a large volume of ground water, providing a natural reservoir that releases water slowly through dry seasons.

You will have heard of the White cliffs of Dover. These are made of Chalk. The chalk deposits run accross the country and up into Yorkshire. Bempton cliffs near Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast are part of this. Mostly the chalk is out of site, but when nearer the surface show white and are known as chalk fields, or chalk hills

As a child we would collect chalk from the area and mark out our hopscotch with it, or draw on the pavements, only to get told off for making a mess.

Blighty is a slang term for britain, used by the troops to refer to home. I think it originated in India. It tells you if you google Blighty.

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Ok dont laugh at this cause im been serious here :rolleyes: but i thought it might have been a plant of some sort:eek:redf) I know chalk as chalk but when Steve said Chalk fields i thought it was like a field of some sort of plant:rolleyes:
I wasnt aware the white cliffs of Dover were chalk tho, thats interesting.

Ok thats the end of lesson one, think i will be needing some more lessons somehow:2fun::2fun:

Thanks for taking the time to explain Dave:)

If i waited for Steve to log in to ask him the chalk might have been ready to harvest:2fun::2fun::2fun:
 
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Hi Gibbo
at least you might not get such a ribbing off him, but I think thats a bit like saying night will not follow day. I thought you were going to get a couple of weeks peace. Not that I'm saying you can't look after yourself. I think you and the two Steves are all as bad as each other...:2fun::2fun:

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Hi Gibbo
at least you might not get such a ribbing off him, but I think thats a bit like saying night will not follow day. I thought you were going to get a couple of weeks peace. Not that I'm saying you can't look after yourself. I think you and the two Steves are all as bad as each other...:2fun::2fun:

dave

If anything else comes up on this thread that i dont understand i will just quietly PM you:2fun::2fun:
Thanks again:)
 
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Can someone tell me what chalk field are please? I tried googling but just talk of chalk fields but not what they are:confused: And how come England is called "blighty" at times?:confused:
Gibbo I'm surprised at you, when you went to school I'm sure they would have taught you about the seaman's and convict song " Bound For Botany Bay". It's in that ditty about old "Blighty".

Early Aussies called England "Blighty" and it was in use right up to about 1960
over here.

With the chalk, without doing an analysis, it could be any number of minerals,
Kaolin comes to mind so to Diatomaceous earth [Diatomite] chert,chalk or talc, any of these minerals are quite often called chalk just for simplicity's sake.

Why not Google" Bound for Botany Bay " you may be surprised at what else is there.

Oz >:D
 

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Gibbo I'm surprised at you, when you went to school I'm sure they would have taught you about the seaman's and convict song " Bound For Botany Bay". It's in that ditty about old "Blighty".

Early Aussies called England "Blighty" and it was in use right up to about 1960
over here.

With the chalk, without doing an analysis, it could be any number of minerals,
Kaolin comes to mind so to Diatomaceous earth [Diatomite] chert,chalk or talc, any of these minerals are quite often called chalk just for simplicity's sake.

Why not Google" Bound for Botany Bay " you may be surprised at what else is there.

Oz >:D
Hi oz,
I was taught a lot of those old songs at school but things like "Farewell to the well-known old Bailey" that is in one of the songs, we were never told was the old bailey was. Of course i know what it is now:rolleyes: I guess you could say we were told to learn the songs but never taught what it was really about.
 

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Maddie, I'm well aware that the "North-South" divide affected Wales as much as England. Our problem was that the majority of the coal mines were in our area and attracted people from all over the place, hence the erosion of "welsh-speaking" communities. At least this fills the gap until Steve lets us know of his latest pub-crawl.

TTFN

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Well folks, I was going to tell what and where I'd been doing today...the site timed out and I lost all I had put in my post.:mad:

Oh well, perhaps it'll save me boring you any more.:rolleyes:

Gotta go, my brother wants his PC back.:eek::2fun:

Steve.:)
 

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Well folks, I was going to tell what and where I'd been doing today...the site timed out and I lost all I had put in my post.:mad:

Oh well, perhaps it'll save me boring you any more.:rolleyes:

Gotta go, my brother wants his PC back.:eek::2fun:

Steve.:)

Well i have found it interesting Steve, not boring in the least. I have learnt a few things from this thread, the odd one or 2 things im not likely to forget neither:rolleyes::2fun::2fun:

So when your ready next update please:biggrin:
 
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Travel broadens the mind, and Steve's exploits are interesting. Boring would be me telling you of the hassles of getting across London on the underground when two/three of the lines are totally shut down for maintenance or whatever on the weekend I go!

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Well folks, I'm here again...... and two hours spent in High Wycombe town centre.
Most of that time I was trying to find something nice to see or say, about what used to be a wonderful town.

Who ever the planners were/are need stringing up and flogged with wet kippers.......it was very boring new architecture driven by commercialism. The architects of these monstrous structures should be put alongside the planners for a good slapping. All very 4th rate.:mad:

I'm all for change, but I really can't find anything nice to say, so I'll shut up.

Went to see my 'Smith' cousin' in Loudwater, a few miles out of Wycombe town centre. Spent a very pleasant couple of hours looking at all her FH. and yakking about family. Lovely women was Susan, and made wonderful tea.
She gave me a few copies of certs, and has plenty more if I need them.:)

Pleasant drive back to Aylesbury, and more chalky fields and beechwoods.

The Hell Fire Club Caves at West Wycombe beckoned, but time was marching on. Check out Francis Dashwood's Club for the Hell fire caves.

Later folks.:):)
 

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