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Mons - The Overture

I've just been watching with some interest, a programme on the History Channel, which describes the first action of the First World War; the 23rd August 1914, a cavalry engagement at Soignies in Belgium, between the 4th Royal Dragoon Guards and German lancers. This had me running upstairs to my bookcase and my great uncle's book: 'Unwilling Passenger', because on page 24 and a new chapter 'Mons the Overture', he describes the action in some depth as he was present.

He describes the German cavalry as 'Bavarian ploughboys' who were routed by the professional British cavalry and adds: "Some of our men pursuing them had refrained at first from running them through because their backs were turned. This gallantry was not to last very long!"

He adds: "I asked one of the prisoners for a button, which he cut off, my first souvenir! Rather tearfully he insisted that his brother had been shot at Munich for refusing to join-up and that he himself wa…

Dogfight Over Margate

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My own flight was blown away by the weather this morning but from the look of it, everything else went according to plan at the ‘Big Event’ and when I was up there at lunchtime, there were so many fairground amusements, it did rather remind me of Dreamland in its heyday.

I had lunch at the Phoenix club mess and watched the Red Arrows take-off at Manston and almost instantly disappear into an intense downpour but assume they popped-out of it in time to entertain the crowds at Palm Bay.

A little later, I was at the seafront in Westgate waiting for the Lancaster, Spitfires and ME109 to appear and managed to get some photos of the mock dogfight swirling over Margate. How times have changed!


As a photographed the Me109 fly past back along the coast towards the west, followed by the Spitfires, a group of boys playing football didn’t even look-up, not even when the Lancaster swept by in the opposite direction towards the airshow. I was of course raised with the excitement engendered by the a…

A Little Bizarre

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Here's a sneak preview of the next in a series of television advertisements from creditexpert.co.uk  filmed earlier in the week. What is the strange purpose you may wonder of the ornate 'Tardis-like' box in the middle of the room at  the  Tudor stately home, Dorney Court and why is Basil the butler in a suit of armour?

All will, I'm sure be revealed in the not too distant future, as will my own small role, as the 'Master'; one of the most bizarre things I've ever done to be sure!

It's the  'Big-Event' and air show of course this weekend and the forecast is a little iffy, for  me at least, as I'm up at the start with a banner for a local business, www.tradeshop.org.uk each day. If the winds don't die-down a bit, it's going to put me out of the picture and with a northerly wind blowing, may impact the vintage aircraft trying to operate from Manston's runway in a cross-wind. Finger's crossed though, that the gods will bless the e…