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1776 And all that ...

Old 4th Jul 2013, 12:16
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1776 And all that ...

Happy 4th of July to all our friends and colleagues over the pond. Glad to see you haven't turned out too bad following our help to get you started



Be careful with the fireworks

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Old 4th Jul 2013, 12:52
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Thank you!

Guess we should wish you a Happy Mother's Day then?

Although your German, George III, didn't seem to want us out of the house...




And, at $15 trillion in debt, in another 237 years, this baby will be paid for!
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It's probably a breach of the 'flag code' to display the pre-1959 48-star flag, CS.

Or have you got something against Alaska and Hawaii?

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My bad ... Now corrected

Alaska ... too cold, Hawaii ... nice climate but not my taste in shirts

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But Hawaii has excellent taste in the choice of (elements of) its State Flag!
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Ms BB (of the American persuasion) and I (not so) went out this evening to celebrate the 4th of July. We decided that a hamburger was the way to go. It was excellent; it came with a Teriyaki glaze and Japanese mayo (surprisingly good). So talk of who won various wars seemed otiose. God bless those United States.
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But Hawaii has excellent taste in the choice of (elements of) its State Flag!
Not when the Union Flag is incorrectly mounted in canton as in that image, teeteringhead!

This is the correct version:


And the Anglo-American design we used on EX. GIANT VOICE 1979 - when we flew from Barksdale!:


Anyway, enjoy your holiday, you darn revolutionaries! Particularly if you're serving away from home.

Back in 1976, at RAF Brawdy we had a co-located USN sneaky-beaky organisation, known (officially) as the 'US NAVFAC', which looked after the SOSUS installation - if I'd muttered 'SOSUS' back then, it would probably have ended up in a small room with an invitation to meet Mr. Latex Glove.... Anyway, taking a short cut through the SeaBees' yard, one of my course mates spotted a suspicious looking bell-shaped object. "Ah-hah", he thought, "a diving bell - they must use that to check the SOSUS cables in St. Brides Bay!".

Unfortunately our amateur sleuth was rather miffed to see the 'secret' bell a few days later on the back of a low loader - all painted up for the American Bicentennial celebrations as the 'Liberty Bell'!

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The American War of Independence

I often like to remind my American acquaintances that Britain did not lose the War. It was a war we could not lose since it was really just Brits fighting Brits. Some of those Brits were shipped across from Britain to quell the uprising of the colonial upstarts who themselves were just Brits who lived overseas. So, in effect, it was really more of a civil war. I will of course conveniently ignore the involvement of other foreign nationals who called America home at the time.
Regardless of the aforementioned error in the annals of time the America based Brits had one thing right as far as I'm concerned. If I had my way all tea would be thrown into the sea since it tastes like dirty dishwater. The fish in Boston Harbour probably felt the same. I realise I may be in the minority on that point though!
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Can Britain (or at least England) apply to become the 51st State? I think we would get more control over our own affairs than we do as a member of the EU.
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You might want to re-think that....under the Odumbo Administration....individual Freedom has been greatly harmed by centralization of power in the Federal Executive. Add in Congress enacting really disastrous Laws and spending twice as much as they take in taxes.....and a Supreme Court which seems to be acting politically rather than enforcing the Constitution and we are far and away not what we used to be.

On this Independence Day I am looking at the TV admiring what I see going on in Egypt.....Millions upon Millions of Citizens taking to the Streets to stand up against Tyranny by a runaway Government!

As we say over here...."Freedom is not Free and is only one Generation from Extinction!".
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You darn revolutionaries !
With a quote like that from BEagle ... there is only one film clip that will do


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Old 4th Jul 2013, 18:51
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Smile

Of course, we Brits don't celebrate Independence Day because we were born independent!!
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Happy Independance day you Yanks. We love you all really, just need to do it in a "reserved" way.

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Of course, we Brits don't celebrate Independence Day because we were born independent!!
Happy 4th to the USA.

Oh, by the way I'm not sure how the UK celebrates this day: 10th October 1066>>
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Old 4th Jul 2013, 23:55
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1776 And all that ...

TBM.
It's all lies. Completely made up with unreliable records from that era. It's not like anyone wrote a big book about it. Or made a giant tapestry.
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Beags

I think it was Teeteringhead's error rather than mine.

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I think it was Teeteringhead's error rather than mine.
Oops, yes, you're quite correct. Sorry about that - post duly amended!
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Can Britain (or at least England) apply to become the 51st State? I think we would get more control over our own affairs than we do as a member of the EU.
In idle moments I've wondered if the original 13 colonies/States could be invited to join the Commonwelth.
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Scotland may be secretly planning to join the Union! Free military bases in exchange for protection and foreign aid..
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Or made a giant tapestry.

BV technically it's not even a tapestry, and it never happened (well not at Hastings anyway).

Aren't the original 13 States known as 'The Commonwealth of Virginia'?
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