First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 39

May 2014

The Journal of the 81st Entry

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Welcome to the 39th edition of The Journal.

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The loss of any member of the 81st Entry diminishes us all.




The 81st Entry extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Alex Chambers (Armourer) who passed away on Wednesday 23 April this year. He will be sadly missed by us all.

Alex's funeral service will take place near to his home in Lincolnshire on Friday 9 May; if anyone other than those who have already asked for them would like the details please email me asap. Valerie and family will be only too happy to accept flowers, or donations to L.I.V.E.S. (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service); I have an address for the latter which I will pass on if anyone should wish to contribute.


You may recall my mentioning, in a previous edition of this Journal, that in 2011 Willie Keays had written, and published, a book called 'Drago and the Druids' Gold' and that it was avaiable for download, or hardback purchase, from Amazon. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and thoroughly enjoyed the read. Willie carried on writing and in 2012 produced his second book called 'Drago and the Exodus' - I wasn't aware of this until I followed up on an email he sent me about yet another book; this one produced this year is called 'Springtime in Talygarn'. Both these books are also available to purchase from Amazon. Willie has asked me to include the following in this edition:

'Springtime in Talygarn'. (Sex for the Over-60s.)


"Foibles, fetishes, fantasies, fears and fates are revealed in this entertaining tale of a cosmopolitan mix of retired people in a small Welsh village the embers of whose sex-lives are rekindled by the arrival of a Swedish sex-therapist. Some become extras in an 'art-movie' being filmed in the local mansion. There is a cracking climax. The story is set against a background of tensions between natives, incomers, the police and the Planning Department."

(Click on: 'Springtime in Talygarn') to read more about this book and to see the excellent reviews it has received.)


I can't help wondering how many of us read this little snippet of 'gen' that made the front page of The Telegraph on the 16 April (my wife certainly did!!) - it read:

"When do men develop Victor Meldrew Syndrome? On their 70th birthday according to scientists.
Although stresses and strains reduce for men after the age of 50 as their lives become simpler, happiness gives way to grumpiness 20 years later for a range of reasons.
These include health problems, declining brain power and the death of family and friends, said the lead researcher, Carolyn Aldwin.
Care for a loved one could also produce a cycle of gloom.
Dr Aldwin, of Oregan State University, added: "The most difficult sort of care-giving is for Altzheimer's patients, who often have personality changes like irritability or hostility - that is grumpiness."
(Well "Victors one and all", keep taking the tablets, read and enjoy this Journal, be thankful, as I am, to those who contribute - and then send me something of your own to add to it.)


Back a while Mike Stanley suggested that maybe a lot of our readers might respond to a very simple question, that being: "Why did I choose to join the RAF?" We all did join, some for as little as weeks, others to make it a life-time career, so each and every one of us has an answer to that question. Answers awaited with anticipation.


A warm welcome to another new contributor to the Journal; Tony Harvey, electrician, seems to have spent much of his service out in Oz - lucky him - where he now lives. Much of his RAF time out there is necessarily still classified but as he headed his article 'Part 1' I assume there is more to come. I do hope so.


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