Arrsers self taken photo collection.

Hever castle gatehouse yesterday:
Out walking the dog yesterday and found these in an old fence post.
01 lady.jpg
02 lady.jpg

Now all I have to do is find a way to get them to live in my greenhouse for the summer!
Better was back in the day on the NATO ACE high network.

Having warnings like this ... and having armed MOD plod with flat dogs patrolling as well.

And the 'locals" and some of the locations meant the locals were just below the Neanderthal mind set. Places like Alnwick , Stenigot, Maidstone and having , pre Sat TV . Huge dishes on the hills above the town that could be seen from miles around.


Going on the lash , talking to said locals who asked...

"Who are you stranger, you don't talk like us? Where do you come from, what do you do?"

Telling them you were in the Army and worked "up on the hill".

"Ahh" , wink , wink ,
"We know what you are, those big dish things. Counterweights for the huge atomic missile silos built into the hills".

Err no they are just radio communication antennas.

"Ahh , wink wink we know , we know."


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Stumbled across this today outside George Heriot's School:

I was there at the unveiling. Personally I think they should have put it on the wall, not just on a well trodden pavement.
He was attached to the Machine Gun Corps at the time, a pupil of Heriots and Watsons. RA Association were in attendance as he joined them before getting his Commission. His citation

For the most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Hoogmolen on 22nd October 1918. He was in command of a section of machine-guns attached to the right flank platoon of the assaulting battalion. In the assembly position he concealed his guns on a limber under the bank of a sunken road.

Immediately the troops advanced at zero they were subjected d to intense enfilade machine-gun fire from Hill 66 on the right flank. Lieutenant McGregor fearlessly went forward into the open to locate the enemy guns, and having done so, realised that it was impossible to get his guns carried forward either by pack or by hand without great delay, as the ground was absolutely bare and swept by a hail of bullets. Ordering the teams to follow by a more covered route, he went to the limber, got on to it, and lying flat, told the driver to leave cover and gallop forward. This the driver did, galloping down about 600 yards of absolutely open road under the heaviest machine-gun fire into cover beyond. The driver, horses, and limber were all hit, but Lieutenant McGregor succeeded in getting his guns into action, effectively engaging the enemy, subduing their fire, and enabling the advance to be resumed. With the utmost gallantry he continued to expose himself in order to direct and control the fire of his guns, until, about one hour later, this very gallant officer was killed whilst observing fire effect for the Trench Mortar Battery.

His great gallantry and supreme devotion to duty were the admiration of all ranks, and especially of the officers and men of the 1st Border Regiment, who witnessed this extraordinary action.”
Pendle Hill taken from Boulsworth Hill



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