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I’ve been thinking of my grandad who had fought in World War 1

He went but went reluctantly to meet the Bosch head on;

Emerging from the trenches, a Lee Enfield in his hand

To play at “Shoot-my-bollocks-off” across that No Man’s Land.


I also think about my dad who sailed Pacific seas

On Royal and Merchant Navy ships to fight the Japanese,

In fear of planes’ and submarines’ torpedoes, bombs and shells

As Davy Jones’ Locker beckoned underneath the swell.


But neither suffered hardship nor a sacrifice like this -

That students are prevented from a night out on the piss.




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John Coopey

Wed 25th Nov 2020 18:05

I have nothing but the greatest of respect for those previous generations, MC.
And thanks for the Like, Trevor.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 25th Nov 2020 15:19

There is a sardonic tone here that would surely have been known
and understood in other days - a way of coping with what they were
experiencing. Is there such a thing as too much freedom? From
some behaviour seen at present it seems a pertinent question!.
Surely, with freedom comes the need for self-discipline...and that's
not a quality we see much of nowadays.

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John Coopey

Wed 25th Nov 2020 07:59

Blimey, Greg! I never knew that’s how it was spelled. But I shan’t change it - I rather like the idea of the old boy fighting a war over white goods.

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Greg Freeman

Tue 24th Nov 2020 23:07

They always made better dishwashers than we did, those bloody Boche ...

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John Coopey

Tue 24th Nov 2020 20:03

Quite, Stephen. “I’m not wearing a mask because it makes my glasses steam up”. “Try dying, then. See if that’s better”.

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 24th Nov 2020 19:48

😄 excellent John. And yes, some poor souls through this awful pandemic have complained because they've had to go without haircuts & nights out on the piss. Poor buggers

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John Coopey

Tue 24th Nov 2020 18:34

We should be grateful it was those previous generations who stood up when they did and not today’s, Stephen. They were made of better stuff than us.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 24th Nov 2020 18:01

Well put, John. Wars and pandemics have some similarities, except that in the latter case the chosen few don't quite understand that they are involved.

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Paul Sayer

Tue 24th Nov 2020 16:54

I don't know if I should be laughing

Certainly not laughing till I cry.

I guess I could try reading again and see

I need to get out more I think.

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