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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: The Hide!

Club notes: The Committee of The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club would like to pass on our good wishes to British Detectives whose wedding anniversary it was earlier during this week. We hope that it was a very happy day.

 

 

 

 

 

Club Minutes:

Apologies: The Graf (Chairman) Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids, Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): ) Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon

Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1.Lady Liberty (Secretary) would like to thank our Treasurer, Lady Egality, for so ably Guest Posting and Hosting last week’s meeting. The Wimbledon-themed evening with strawberries and cream and champagne was deemed to be a great success and Lady Liberty was sorry to have missed out.

2. Lady Liberty (Secretary) is delighted to report that she was contacted earlier this week by SingleMotherAhoy who comments, “I have never watched Foyle’s War, despite harbouring a rather inappropriate crush on Horowitz. Am thinking if you are into it enough to have a club for watching, perhaps I should get in on the act? ”

LLH would like to formally extend an invitation to SingleMotherAhoy to become a virtual member of the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club immediately!.

 

It’s Independence Day! Hurrah!

3. During tonight’s episode, the Committee will be thinking of all those of our fellow (virtual) members who are celebrating 4th July !

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O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

 

 

 

 

In honour of Independence Day (and please note, we’re just going to gloss over the bit about exactly whom America decided to sever her connections with and why) Lady Egality and I spent a happy morning with Google, trying to find suitable ways to salute the Land of the Free. Click on this link  for all sorts of patriotic sounding July 4th Drinks; it’s where we found the recipe for the drink we decided to go for :

4th of July Watermelon Cocktail

7 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed, fruit cut into 1-inch cubes 4 teaspoons superfine sugar 8 ounces silver tequila 12 basil leaves 12 mint leaves 2.5 ounces Cointreau 6 cups ice

Make watermelon ice cubes by putting 24 pieces of cubed watermelon on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze for one hour, covered.

Take the rest of the watermelon plus the sugar and puree until smooth. Strain into a bowl. Put the tequila, basil and mint in a pitcher and muddle. Then stir in Cointreau and watermelon puree. Pour mixture into cocktail shaker with ice and mix for each cocktail. Put watermelon ice cubes in a glass and pour cocktail in. Garnish with herb sprigs and enjoy!

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Doesn’t that sound delicious? Lady E and I made the watermelon ice cubes this afternoon so as to be all ready to go! (recipe source:www.drinkoftheweek.com )

As American as …

The Actual Members shall be serving our watermelon cocktails ( RED) with slices of Apple Pie with cream (WHITE) to continue tonight’s Americana theme . As we can’t think of any thing blue to eat, Lady Sebright is bringing a big jug of bachelor’s buttons  (BLUE) with which to decorate the table.

3. A reminder to all Club Members – don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.

Our one for tonight shows 3 American Soldiers  stationed in an airbase in Hastings who came up against DCS Foyle , Sergeant Milner and Sam Stewart in ‘Invasion’ (Series Four)

 

 

The Hide:

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:

Episode 4 , Series 6*: ‘The Hide!

 

Plot:

DCS Foyle is replaced and is free at last – he’s resigned his position and planning to travel to the United States for an extended tour. Before departing however, he’s asked to look into the case of James Devereaux, a young man who joined the Nazi British Free Corps during the war. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and refuses to explain to anyone, including Foyle, why he agreed to join the Free Corps in the first place. In a related case, DI Paul Milner investigates the murder of Agnes Littleton who was strangled with a nylon stocking. The woman worked as a secretary for James’ father, Sir Charles Devereaux. Agnes was living with the Devereaux’s now retired cook, Mrs. Ramsay and from all accounts was quite happy there. She also had a friend named Jack who did something hush hush during the war. A case of mistaken identity and events from James’ childhood are key to solving the mystery. Sam Stewart and her friend Adam Wainwright meanwhile have lost the support of the bank who have refused to increase Adam’s overdraft. In fact they’ve asked him to pay what he owes forthwith. The news that developers may want to buy the property doesn’t provide much solace as the proposed new development would destroy the village green, something Adam and Sam decide they will work against.Written by garykmcd http://www.imdb.com/

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘The Hide’ as Episode 4, Series 7

 

 

Mr. Foyle is never wrong. Spot on!

Having noted that SingleMotherAhoy has not yet seen an episode of Foyle’s War, Lady Liberty is delighted to reproduce this snippet of dialogue from ‘The Hide’.

In 5 words, Mr. Wainwright encapsulates the central tenet of the programme. Nothing more needs to be said.

Dialogue:

Samantha Stewart: Perhaps Mr. Foyle was wrong about the settlement.

Adam Wainwright: Mr. Foyle is never wrong.

(Source: http://www.imdb.com/ )

Yours admiring Adam Wainwright’s talent for succinct character analysis,

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Killing Time

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Killing Time

 

 

Killing Time

 

Lady Egality Guest Posts and Hosts!

 

 

In the absence of my dear esteemed friend Lady Liberty Hen (at a wedding in Newmarket today), it falls to Lady Egality, moi-meme, to address you all this evening. 

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club:

This evening of course is The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club which I shall be hosting (although without Sir Plym who will be found in The Ox and Moose). We are hoping for a full turn out of members both real and virtual except of course that The Graf is away in Scandinavia and Lady Liberty is in Suffolk.  Our episode this week is ‘Killing Time’.  Following a glorious day at Wimbledon yesterday (also quite another story) with my dear friend the beautiful Arabella Ancona who lives in London,  I have decided to serve strawberries and cream and a glass of fizzy noo noo for all those watching with us.
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Don’t forget to display a picture in the room where you are watching this evening.

…and don’t forget…..keep calm fw with frame

 

Yours, as Guest Editor,

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Club notes (written in advance by LLH): All the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching tonight’s episode of Foyle’s War except for the Graf who is holidaying in Sweden for the summer and Lady Liberty who will be out gadding (but who has watched this week’s episode early to keep up).

 

International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club Minutes:

Apologies: The Graf (Chairman) and Lady Liberty (Secretary)

Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids, Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon

Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1. This week, Lady Egality has kindly volunteered to act as Club Chairman and  Club Secretary in addition to managing the Club Finances in her role as  Treasurer.

 

2. During tonight’s episode, The Actual Members are planning a celebratory feast in honour of Wimbledon, please see above, with strawberries and champagne (and cream for those who like it).

 

3. A reminder to all Club Members – don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.

Wow! How about this!

Here is our picture – just look!!! 3 more new episodes are on their way!

How brilliant of C Nelson aka Port City Dreamer to initiate the conversation with Anthony Horowitz, the script writer for Foyle’s War. I am extremely proud to say that Port City Dreamer is a virtual member of our the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club!

In lieu of a more tangible gift of appreciation, the Club Committee would formally like to extend our sincere thanks to both Port City Dreamer and Anthony Horowitz  for this exciting bit of info – it has made our week!

 

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Killing Time:

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:

Episode 2 , Series 6*: ‘Killing Time‘!

Plot: 

July 1945: Sam moves in with Adam Wainwright to help run his guest house though,due to his shyness,they are not a couple. One of the tenants, Mandy Dean,is having a tough time, raising a baby fathered by black G.I. Gabe Kelly. Her old boyfriend Tommy Duggan is devastated when he returns and makes the discovery, To Foyle’s dismay segregation is enforced in Hastings to prevent inter-racial fights and Gabe is beaten up for dancing with Mandy in public. They plan to move to New York but she is murdered on the night a robbery takes place at Gabe’s barracks.Two pleasant boarders at the guest house are not what they seem but, with Mandy’s killer behind bars, Gabe has an unusual offer of help to mind his child until he can return from New York for her. Written by don @ minifie-1

 

DI Milner does not appear in this episode. (source: Wikipedia)

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘Killing Time‘ as Episode 2, Series 7

 

Dialogue from this episode: (source: www.imbd.com)

Harry Delmont: Sorry things didn’t go your way, Foyle.

Christopher Foyle: Well, that’s democracy for you!

 

Oh, how I admire DCS Foyle’s philosophical approach to life!

 

Yours, in absentia,

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Royal Ascot

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Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

 

Lord and Lady Eftie Nudge  are keen Racegoers and the dates of Royal Ascot are penned into their diaries in permanent ink every year.

 Over the past 300 years, Ascot has established itself as a national institution; with Royal Ascot becoming the centrepiece of the British social calendar,’ states the race-course’s web-site. Doesn’t it sound fun! And you get to look at the Queen too!

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This year (as they do every year), the Nudges drove off in the Bentley in brilliant sunshine, down the M3 (through all the roadworks) with a picnic from Fortnum’s in the boot.

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How scrumptious it looks!

There is a jolly strict dress code for the Royal Enclosure and Lord and Lady N always look terrifically smart.

The Dress Code for Royal Ascot:

GENTLEMEN

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include:

  •  A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
  • A black or grey top hat

  • A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

  • Black shoes

(information courtesy of: www.ascot.co.uk)

Luckily Lord Eftie wouldn’t dream of pairing brown shoes with morning dress. Neither would he ever wear a customised top hat despite the charms of this one:

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The dress code for women is also pretty draconian:

LADIES

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

  • Fascinators are no longer permitted.

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  • Midriffs must be covered.

Lady Nudge is as correct a dresser as her husband. She is a firm believer in formal daywear and shudders at the idea of off the shoulder numbers before it’s time for evening cocktails. Needless to say, her midriff is always covered.

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Yours trying (and failing) to picture Lady Nudge in a dress which is

  • a) strapless,
  • b) off the shoulder, or
  • c) a halter neck

and which shows off her midriff at the same time…

What do you reckon? Imaginable?

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The F.N.F.W. Club: The Russian House

Club notes: All the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching tonight’s episode of Foyle’s War except for Lady Egality who is driving her Auntie Bing back home. Auntie Bing who has been staying with Lady E and Sir Plym this week, was a Land Girl during WW2.

The Women’s Land Army:

WWILandArmyPoster Although only 18ish when war first broke out, Auntie Bing could already drive! Swopping her car for a tractor, she was tasked with ploughing up loads of previously uncultivated ground to help increase UK wartime grain production. So much north american wheat was lost in the war years during trans- Atlantic crossings, that acres and acres of extra wheat were sown in the UK to help fight food shortages.

In December 2007, (source: Wikipedia) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced that the efforts of the Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Timber Corps would be formally recognised with the presentation of a specially designed commemorative badge to the surviving members.

The badge of honour was awarded in July 2008 to over 45,000 former Land Girls including Auntie Bing who says it is a rather beautiful brooch!

International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club Minutes:

Apologies: Lady Egality

Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids, Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon

Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1. This will be our Chairman’s last opportunity to attend our meetings in person for a couple of months as he leaves Castle Coop on Monday to summer in Scandanavia. He will be back at the end of August but we shall miss him very much in the meantime.

2. During tonight’s episode, we are planning a celebratory feast in honour of our Chairman. The Committee will be drinking snaps and eating a smörgåsbord prepared  for us all, by the Graf.

Smögåsbord:

I have never, ever shared an authentic smörgåsbord before with friends and I shall be very interested to find out what it will be like. I’ve looked it up on Wikipedia which says: A traditional Swedish smörgåsbord consists of both hot and cold dishes. Bread, butter, and cheese are always part of the smörgåsbord. It is customary to begin with the cold fish dishes which are generally various forms of herringsalmon, and eel. After eating the first portion, people usually continue with the second course (other cold dishes), and round off with hot dishes. Dessert may or may not be included in a smörgåsbord. Gosh…eel ??? eek!

 Snaps:

A group of people are clustered around a table for a typical lunch that will include several courses and a clear, fiery drink. The host pours the ice-cold liquid into frosty, conical glasses with long stems. He raises his glass, at which point the diners turn to one another and make eye contact, making certain not to leave anyone out. “Skål!” calls out the host, and everyone takes a sip. Again there is eye contact, and then the glasses are set on the table, not to be lifted again until the host raises his. The liquid is aquavit. The ritual is virtually the same throughout Scandinavia. The snaps sounds as if it should be approached with extreme caution…we’d better make sure not to say “Skål” until the end of the Foyle’s War episode or we won’t be able to concentrate on the plot.

 

3. A reminder to all Club Members – don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting. The Graf has chosen our picture for tonight; it is a huge one of Sam Stewart as he has such a massive crush on Honeysuckle Weeks!  

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching: Episode 1 , Series 6*: ‘The Russian House‘!

Plot: Keen to step out of Foyle’s shadow and prove himself as a detective, the newly promoted Detective Inspector Milner in Brighton is called to investigate the death of Sam’s new employer, a famous artist. He is disappointed when Foyle, on the trail of an absconded Russian prisoner of war, arrives at the scene. Foyle’s investigation leads him to a supposed safe house in London for members of the Russian Liberation Movement (aka “White Russians”), seeking to avoid repatriation to the USSR. He encounters an international cover up which, if exposed, could bring down the British government.(source: Wikipedia)

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘The Russian House‘ as Episode 1, Series 7

 

Yours,

a) hoping that all actual and virtual members enjoy tonight’s meeting very much,

b) suspecting that if I’d been a Land Girl and had had to plough up fields, my furrows would have been very wiggly and

c) particularly looking forward to the opening sequence as it was filmed in Odiham – hurrah!

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This post is dedicated to Auntie Bing who worked incredibly hard in the Land Army while still only a girl!

See Lady Egality’s comment below to find out more….

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Hen’s Teeth!

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Hen’s Teeth!

 

Hen’s Teeth!

Recently, the Agent and I have not been seeing quite eye to eye on certain topics, namely teeth and frightening professionals in white coats.   This morning we were hardly on speaking terms.

A Small Falling Out!

In fact, we have had a small falling out as the Agent has been advising me to go to the Dentist

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Just look at these horrific looking instruments!

The beast!

And what about this horror?

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Doesn’t it strike a chill into the very core of your heart? It certainly does into mine. The Agent knows perfectly well what a coward I am and he still went ahead and said to Dr. Lamona when we met up at the May Bank Holiday Barbecue, that I’d like to book an appointment to have my teeth checked!  What!!!!  Can you believe it?

The dreaded white coat:

Dr. Lamona of the Dreaded White Coat, is a lot more fiercesome wielding her terrifying scrapers and drills,  than her husband Dr. Asil who is gentle and lovely while he pumps up blood pressure cuffs and writes out prescriptions. I don’t think Dr. Lamona believes in’ bedside manner’. And..there’s no accidentally forgetting on purpose to turn up to the appointment as her receptionist sends out stern reminders to attend and they ping up on one’s mobile.

 The Chair!

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Aaggghhh! Doesn’t that picture give you the heebie jeebies? And why do dentists always ask for the low-down on one’s holiday plans just when one’s mouth is stuck wide open? Dr. Lamona only lives round the corner and knows perfectly well that I’m not going away until the Poppy Pedal to Paris ride.

 

Yay – I escaped!

Hurrah!!! I only had to have my teeth cleaned! I was out of that chair (almost)  faster than you can say the alphabet backwards. What a relief! Now it’s all over, I can be truthful and admit that actually Dr. Lamona isn’t really as terrifying as I thought. Or she isn’t now anyway. By the time my next appointment is looming, I suspect she may have morphed into the White Coat Horror once again.

A happy knock-on effect:

A happy knock-on effect of my escape from the drill, is that this evening finds the Agent and me in complete harmony. He is again my convivial partner in life. Possibly though in 6 months time, there might be another dental crisis on the domestic front.

When facing the dentist, are you brave and sensible (as is the Agent) or weedy and cowardly like me?

 

(N.B. please say weedy and cowardly so I’m not the only one…)

Yours with sparklingly clean teeth,

 

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Post script: for a most encouraging link, please see ayersorchids’ thoughtful comment below!

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Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe!

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Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe!

 

 

Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe!

During the most recent meeting of our Friday Night Foyle’s War Club, the Actual Members gathered round the pool instead of missing the lovely evening by sitting inside. Lady Egality had most brilliantly produced some delicious salmon blinis and the Agent had left us a jug of Pimm’s which tasted very good indeed. So, as DCS Foyle was called in to get to the bottom of another frightful murder in 1940s Hastings, we were watching him en plein air  with a mini picnic spread about!

 

Lady Sebright decides to take on Manet!

It was so relaxing sitting outside that as the closing credits came up on the screen, instead of packing everything up and leaving to go home Lady Sebright suggested that we should pose ourselves lying about as if we were modelling for Manet’s ‘Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe’. Once we’d arranged ourselves in appropriate positions, she could try sketching us!

Spot the difference!

We took loads of liberties as of course

  1. it wasn’t lunchtime at all  and
  2. Lady E and I certainly weren’t prepared to lie about in the nack as Manet’s ladies did.

However, we still had some Pimm’s and blinis so when we pushed the tv and the table and chairs away, the picnic part looked pretty authentic. Lady Sebright then suddenly turned into a diva! Apparently, it was absolutely necessary for either Lady Egality or me to jump into the pool. If both of us were on dry land, her sketch would be pointless as it wouldn’t bear any relation to Manet’s ‘Le Dejeuner…’  Gosh, I had no idea that Artists could be so demanding!

Guess who was brave enough to volunteer!

Here is Manet’s masterpiece:

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Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (English, “The Luncheon on the Grass”) – originally titled Le Bain (The Bath) – is a large oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet created in 1862 and 1863. The painting depicts the juxtaposition of a female nude and a scantily dressed female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. Rejected by the Salon jury of 1863, Manet seized the opportunity to exhibit this and two other paintings in the 1863 Salon des Refuséswhere the painting sparked public notoriety and controversy. The piece is now in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. A smaller, earlier version can be seen at the Courtauld GalleryLondon  (source: Wikipedia)

Here is Lady Sebright’s masterpiece:

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(left to right: LLH (me!), Colonel Beverly Pyncheon, Lady Egality (in pool) and The Graf von Blommehön)

Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (English, “The Luncheon on the Grass”) – originally titled Le Friday Night Foyle’s War Club (The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club) – is a small crayon sketch by Lady Sebright created in June, 2014. The painting depicts the juxtaposition of a female fully clothed and a female bather in a swimming costume on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. Rejected by the Chairman of the Village Hall of 2014, Lady Sebright seized the opportunity to exhibit this sketch in Lady Liberty’s blog post of 16/06/14 where it sparked universal acclaim and admiration. The piece is now published  in ‘The Awesome Hen’ on the World Wide Web. A smaller, earlier version can be seen in Lady Sebright’s sketch pad, Castle Coop(source: www.theawesomehen.com)

 

Going by how much Manet’s paintings cost, we are all sure Lady Sebright’s sketch is worth at least a few million…

Yours, definitely about to be contacted on Lady Sebright’s behalf, by the Tate Gallery,

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: All Clear!

 

Club notes: All the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching tonight’s episode of Foyle’s War together again. Hurrah!

 

International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club Minutes:

Apologies: None Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids, Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1. I felt rather chastened when  Brown Owl likened  our flower beds to a jungle yesterday and so today I was busy with the secateurs out by the pool. To do Brown Owl justice, a machete might have been more effective.

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It has been such a beautiful hot day that in the middle of snipping and slashing away, I suddenly had a brilliant idea: Tonight, the actual members of the Friday Night Club are going to watch ‘All Clear‘ outside, sitting by the pool! Won’t that be fun!

The Agent, while remaining unswerving in his loyal attachment to his Friday Night Ox and Moose Club, has kindly fixed up the extension lead so that the tv will work outside and I am about to run and set out some cushions for the garden chairs so that our F.N.F.W.C. committee can all be comfy.

2. During tonight’s episode, the Committee will be drinking Pimm’s no.1

 

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with lots of cucumber, apple and strawberries floating about  so that we may feel summery. Lady Egality is most kindly bringing some smoked salmon blinis over. I know they will be absolutely scrumptious because I’ve eaten them before!

 

It will be our version of Manet’s ‘Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. A reminder to all Club Members – don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.

Colonel Pyncheon has chosen us one for us for tonight. with a picture of George VI with the flags in the background as he is extremely patriotic. 

 

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:

Episode 3 , Series 5*: ‘All Clear’!

Plot:

It’s early May 1945 and the formal announcement that the war is over is imminent. The station is being relocated and Foyle is definite that he is going to retire. DS Paul Milner anxiously awaits news of a possible promotion to Inspector. Sam is trying her best to find a job, but finds it a hard slog. Foyle’s son Andrew also re-appears and wonders if Sam will have anything to do with him after the way he treated her. On the policing front, Foyle investigates the murder of Dr. Henry Ziegler, who was stabbed on the street. Ziegler was a transplanted Austrian but had recently faced the brunt of anti-German feeling in the community. When one of his patients soon after commits suicide, Foyle and Milner must determine what, if any, connection there might be between the two deaths.Written by garykmcd http://www.imdb.com/

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘All Clear‘ as Episode 3, Series 6

The Body in the Library!

Hurrah! I think DCS Foyle and Andrew must play Cluedo – my top favourite Board Game! Just look at this

Andrew Foyle: Poor Dad, it could only happen to you.

DCS Christopher Foyle: What do you mean?

Andrew Foyle: The whole country preparing for a giant knees up and once again you’re stuck with the body in the library.

DCS Christopher Foyle: It was in the museum.

Don’t you agree that this sounds as if  DCS Foyle is thoroughly au fait with Cluedo? If so, he’s pretty cutting edge vis-à-vis Board Game Development. I gather from Wikipedia that Cluedo was invented in 1944 apparently with a view to whiling away time spent in air-raid shelters. As it was not officially launched until 1949 however, DCS Foyle must have had friends in high places at Waddingtons Games. Or… perhaps he knew the inventer, (a Mr. A Pratt)  and played a prototype version. What do you think?

 

 

Yours, going with Colonel Mustard in the Billiards Room with the

Lead Piping,

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Tea with Brown Owl!

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Tea with Brown Owl!

 

 Tea with Brown Owl!

I had tea with Brown Owl this afternoon. She is in charge of Castle Coop’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and rang me  to say she was coming over as she had decided to go round all the houses to check everyone was on the qui vive!

‘Gloria dear,’ she announced purposefully, as she sailed through to the kitchen, ‘it’s really no good you wafting about in your usual dream land. We all have to be on the alert and you really must pull yourself together and concentrate. The Baddie has turned out to be an escaped jailbird and as the police haven’t managed to catch him yet, we must all try to do our bit!’.

 

PC Ixworth’s hotline number:

I was so anxious to hear about the escaped prisoner that I elected not to bring up again that I’m actually called Liberty and not ‘Gloria dear’. Instead, I pressed her for more details. Apparently, PC Ixworth has sent her a mobile text message to tell us all that if we spot anyone looking even the slightest bit suspicious, we must ring his special hotline number immediately.

Gosh ..to think just a few days ago the special hotline number was simply to enable us to report cars parked up with 2 wheels on the pavement and now we’re to use it to report escaped prisoner sightings…. I just can’t believe that Castle Coop has suddenly turned into a world with Cops and Robbers running about!

 

Lend a Hand:

As I poured out a second cup of tea for us both, Brown Owl suddenly jumped up from her seat by the kitchen table and marched purposefully out to the garden. Calling out to alert the Agent  in case the Baddie was about to be set upon by Brown Owl, I rushed outside, only to find her inspecting our flower-beds.

‘Now Gloria dear, I’m going to send the Brownies round to ‘Lend -a- Hand’  in your garden. They can have a go at weeding some of this jungle and they can do the watering here and there… if there’s any time over, they can be useful helping you inside’.

Apparently Brown Owl has been doing some research on the web and she’s found lots of  brilliant  ‘Lend a Hand’ ideas for the Castle Coop Brownies. Here is a copy of the Canadian Brownie Program dating from 1996 which is responsible for inspiring Brown Owl:

Title: Lend a Hand Action
Equipment: a list of activities that Brownies could do to Lend A Hand, music (optional)

The girls are scattered around the playing area. When the leader calls out an activity, the Brownies act it out. Suggested ways that Brownies can Lend A Hand: sweep the floor, wash the dishes, make the bed, peel vegetables, wash the clothes on an old-fashioned washboard, water the plants, crush cans for recycling, put away toys. This activity can also be done with music. While the music plays the girls run, skip, jog or walk around the room, when the music stops, the leader calls out the activity.

Oh no! The last time the Brownies came round to ‘Lend a Hand’, it took me a week to clear up….

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Yours, feeling dispirited,

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Broken Souls!

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Broken Souls!

Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Broken Souls!

Club notes: All the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club were watching tonight’s episode of Foyle’s War together again. Hurrah!

D Day:

Tonight I am posting this after we have watched ‘Broken Souls’. There was no time to post earlier today as we have been watching the BBC coverage of the 70th Anniversary of June 6th, 1944 D Day Normandy Landings most of the day. You may find some photographs of the  D Day Landings published by the Huffington Post

A Fantastic D Day story – The Great Escape  (2014 style):

There’s nothing broken about this soul!

Hero’s welcome for runaway D-Day veteran

The 89-year-old war veteran who slipped out of his care home to attend D-Day commemorations in Normandy has arrived back in the UK to a hero’s welcome

 

International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club Minutes:

Apologies: None Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids, Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Egality (Club Treasurer), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations. Announcements: 1.I copy this information in from http://www.foyleswar.com/the-official-foyles-war-blog/  in case any Friday Night Foyle’s War Club member might wish to see the video. 

Honeysuckle Weeks will be interviewed tonight on the Late Late Show by Foyle’s War super fan, Craig Ferguson.

Click this youtube link for this interview (at 28.50) but alas IMO, it is not worth watching.

2. During tonight’s episode, the Committee drank tea and ate crumpets which were delicious!

3. A reminder to all Club Members – don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.   Tonight, as it is June 6th and so the very day of the actual anniversary of the D Day Landings, the F.N.F.W Committee decided for once, our picture wouldn’t be taken from Foyle’s War. Intead we displayed one of WW2 soldiers (to represent all those in all services and from all the Allied Countries, to whom we owe so much).

 Broken Souls!

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:  Episode 2, Series 5*

Plot:

October 1944: Foyle meets Josef Novak for a chess game. Novak is a Polish-Jewish psychiatrist at a nearby military mental-health institution where Dr Worth is found murdered. Foyle is called in, having to delegate the finding of a missing East End boy (formerly a child-evacuee in the Hastings area) to Sam. Meanwhile Fred Dawson, a crippled former POW, arrives back at his farm to find his wife and child being helped in the farm work by Johann, a German POW. Suspecting his wife Rose of an affair with Johann and resenting his easy manner with Fred and Rose’s son, the couple argue, and Johann is later found dead after escaping the camp. (The above information is taken from Wikipedia )

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘Broken Souls‘ as Episode 2, Series 6

 

Yours feeling our Club meeting to watch a fictional representation of WW2 was a really good finish up to all the BBC coverage today of the anniversary. Foyle’s War helped us to imagine some of what people went through seventy years ago,

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This post is dedicated to my dad who landed on Gold Beach on D Day +4.

 

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Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 2

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Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 2

Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 2

 

The Agent and I had a fabulous time at Lady L-B’s party! The marquee was full of all our friends and we laughed and danced and quaffed and ate until the early hours.

There was a great band which kindly accepted requests to play all our favourite songs.

We jived….

Sir Plym whirled and twirled Lady Egality about on the dance floor:

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We danced the Conga…

Brown Owl,The Graf and I joined a long line of villagers and danced the Conga round and round the marquee. Every now and then, in perfect time to the beat, Brown Owl jumped up high from joie de vivre – she was really in the mood to party!

 

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They danced the Last Waltz…

Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon were still on the floor for ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ which was the very last dance. They looked very happy…

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It was an absolutely wonderful party to mark the beginning of summer!

Yours, dizzy from tripping the light fantastic,

 

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Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 1

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Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 1

Lady Lohmann-Brown throws a Party! Part 1

Helping set-up:

Thankfully, the rain has finally stopped and the sun is out -ish..(Hurrah!)…just in the nick of time because Lady Lohmann-Brown has decided to throw a party tomorrow night to celebrate her birthday. Everyone in Castle Coop has been invited. The Agent and I went round to her house yesterday to help at a ‘setting-up-pre-party’ . In a jiffy, the menfolk had put up Castle Coop’s marquee (available to hire out to any Castle Coopian for £50 +£50 deposit) in Lady L-B’s garden:

marquee 1.jpgI sprinkled grit on the paving slabs for our recent bout of dreadful weather had made them very slippery; they were just like an ice-rink.

Green Blood!

Lady Lohmann-Brown is such an amazing gardener, she must have green blood. She is Castle Coop’s Gardening Guru. A few weeks ago, she grew so many plants in her greenhouse for the recent Village Hall Plant Sale that when she carried them into the hall, it was very hard to make her out from behind all the foliage:

lady lohmann Brown.jpgHer garden is already full of flowers – it looks beautiful.Perhaps you can just see how summery it looks from these photographs:

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Aren’t the foxgloves underneath the apple trees pretty!

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Whenever I see this garden, I resolve to try harder with our one but I forget about all the knowledge and graft that goes into creating something like this.

 

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At the bottom of her garden is a field in which there are 3 cows and a ewe whose twin lambs are 3 weeks old.

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Flowers for inside the marquee!

The garage was a hive of industry as Lady L-B and her daughter had been arranging flowers for the tables all day! They look amazing already even though they’re not quite finished yet- she is very talented!

Here is a pedestal arrangement which apparently Lady L-B ‘just threw together..’ :

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and here is a little arrangement for one of the table tops:

 

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Yours, greatly looking forward to the party,

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Apology – Friday Night Foyle’s War Club Meeting cancelled:

N.B. As all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club – the Graf, Lady Egality, Lady Sebright, Colonel Pyncheon and LLH, will be out on the tiles tomorrow night, we have had to take an executive decision to postpone the next meeting of the F.N.F.W. C. until Friday 6th May 2014.

Please will all Virtual International Members accept our apologies.

Yours, with thanks,

Lady Liberty – Club Secretary.

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Summer is icumen in!

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Summer is icumen in!

Summer is icumen in!

 

 

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Sumer is Icumen in,

Loudly sing, cuckoo!

Grows the seed and blows the mead,

And springs the wood anew;

Sing, cuckoo!

A Summer Bank Holiday Barbecue!

The Ox and Moose decided to lay on a beautiful summery Barbecue to enable Castle Coopians celebrate  the summer-is-a-coming-in May Bank Holiday. Hurrah! This is what living in a tiny English village is all about! What could be a more convivial way of passing a bank holiday afternoon than chatting with one’s friends and neighbours in the local pub’s garden?  Pimms in hand, children and dogs running happily about, delicious scents wafting over from the steaks on the barbecue and the lilac blossom on the trees – what a great recipe for a relaxing village get-together.

 

Ingredients for the Ox and Moose Village Barbecue:

  • A freshly mown beautiful green sward for us all to stand about on and chat together … Tick.
  • Tables dotted about the green sward for families to sit at with parasols to give a shade/sun option…. Tick.
  • A Bouncy Castle for the little children to jump about on….Tick.
  • The Castle Coop Village Barbecue laden with sausages & burgers ready to waft out the requisite delicious summery smells on summery breezes…Tick.
  • Countless jugs of wonderful summery Pimms to accompany the scrummy barbecue….Tick.
  • The traditional convivial atmosphere of a British village party held outdoors in the sunshine…. Tick.

Hurrah!

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 Revised ingredients for the Ox and Moose Village Barbecue:

  • Wellington boots as the Ox and Moose’s beautiful green sward was awash….Tick.
  • Umbrellas  rather than parasols….Tick.
  • A Dripping Bouncy Castle…Tick.
  • The Castle Coop Village Barbecue hidden under loads of umbrellas to protect all the sausages and burgers from the driving rain…. Tick.
  • Countless cups of hot tea to protect against the chill factor…. Tick.
  • The traditional convivial atmosphere of a British village party held outdoors in the rain…. TICK!

 

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&…….. a very good time was had by all!

 

Summer is Icumen in (revised for our Great British Weather)

Sumer is Icumen in,

Loudly shiver, Brr Brr!

Pours the rain and blows the breeze,

And come our brollies out anew;

Put on your wellies, Squelch, Squelch!

 

The appalling weather blip going on in Castle Coop at the moment  means once again, I am wrapped up in my michelin-man look-alike outfit in a bid to stay warm. I hope you are warmer than I am…

Yours, feeling as if it’s November inside and out,

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Plan of Attack!

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Plan of Attack!

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Plan of Attack!

 

Club notes: Tonight all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again except for Lady Egality (Club Treasurer) who has a brand new puppy!

 

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 Happiness is a Warm Puppy!

 

The Agent and I went round to see her -she is completely delicious.

Club Minutes:

Apologies: Lady Egality

Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids,Miss Peppermint and British Detectives from America.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon

Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1. The Graf von Blommehön, our Club Chairman, is delighted to announce that now the Club is now watching Series 5, we are adding a ‘Series 5′ Rosette to be worn with the Club tie.

Here is yours to cut out and keep!

✂✂✂✂✂✂✂

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and here I am showing it off!

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If any Club Member – Virtual or Actual – has any suggestions we might implement in our future meetings, please let Lady Liberty, the Club Secretary, know.

2. Tonight, in honour of Lady Egality and Sir Plym’s new addition to the family, we shall be drinking a small glass of Bubbly which will be accompanied by a few ‘Devils on Horseback’ which Lady Sebright is very kindly bringing. Yum.

A Toast!

A request to all Virtual Members: Lady Egality would be delighted if you would join us in raising your glasses/mugs in a toast to wish Shadow ‘long life and happiness‘.

Thank you!

3. A reminder to all Club Members – virtual and actual: don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.

 

Plan of Attack!

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:  Episode 1, Series 5*

Plot:

Milner and DCS Meredith (Foyle’s replacement) have arrested a racketeer, but this has to take a back-seat when a highly-strung map-maker is found hanged in local woods, after confiding in a local Catholic priest (a German, but apparently anti-Nazi). It looks like suicide but Milner is not so sure. Threatened by the racketeer, Milner is the subject of an attempted assassination, which instead leaves Meredith dead. Foyle is reluctantly called back from retirement to solve both the cases, which he successfully does, and decides to stay in police work until the end of the war. (Wikipedia)

Character and plot development:

At the start of the episode Foyle is in retirement after his resignation a year earlier at the end of Casualties of War, Sam has ceased to be a police driver on being sacked by Foyle’s replacement Meredith and is now working as a librarian in the Air Ministry’scartography facility at Beverley Lodge, having been recommended for the job by her seniors at the Mechanised Transport Corps (where, as seen in “The Funk Hole”, she never fitted in). She is also helping Foyle to write a book on the Hastings Constabulary by acting as his typist (though it is implied that Foyle is quite – and indeed, more – capable of typing the manuscript himself). Milner is finding Meredith difficult to work with and therefore considering leaving the police. However, by the end of the episode, the original team of three is reunited.

Historical context:

The cartography activity at fictitious Beverly Lodge is based on the activities of the secret mapmaking activities at Hughenden Manor during World War II,[2] which wasn’t known until two years before the shooting of this episode. The series’ author, Anthony Horowitz, based much of the story on the experiences of Victor Gregory, who was one of the mapmakers at Hughenden, and who also was engaged as a consultant during the shooting of the episode.[3]

Another theme within the episode is efforts by the English church to preach forgiveness of the enemy, to establish relations with the German church (such as the German Confessing Church), to grant Germany a conditional rather than unconditional surrender to prevent the unnecessary killing of innocents by indiscriminate bombing of German cities, and to oppose that bombing in itself. The efforts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer towards such aims are mentioned, the fictional Francis Wood (holding the fictional bishopric of Cirencester) leads the movement (in place of the real-life George BellBishop of Chichester), and the character of Samantha’s vicar uncle Aubrey Stewart (Brian Poyser) recurs from the episode The French Drop.

The general setting is also significant, with mentions of increased troop movements down to the south coast and that “the end of the war is in sight”. This indicates the April 1944 setting, two months before D Day.

(The above information is taken from Wikipedia )

*N.B. The Episode categorisation is a complete muddle – The I.F.N.F.W.C. Committee has decided for clarity’s sake to categorise each episode as it is named on the ‘Foyle’s War: The Complete Collection’ dvd disc set. Wikipedia however, categorises ‘Plan of Attack’ as Episode 1, Series 6

Yours looking forward to toasting both the new puppy and DCS Foyle with a small glass of fizz,

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Casualties of War!

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Casualties of War!

 

 

 

 The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Casualties of War!

 

 

Club notes: Tonight all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again except for Lady Egality (Club Treasurer) who is visiting St. Petersburg with Sir Plym.

Club Minutes:

Apologies: Lady Egality

Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids,Miss Peppermint and our newest international virtual member: British Detectives from America.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon

Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations.

Announcements:

1. The Committee are delighted to announce the admission of our latest recruit to the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club – British Detectives – and we offer a very warm welcome.

2. Tonight, in honour of our loyal American branch, we shall be drinking Manhattans made by ..Me! Chicks ma, mi and min gave the Agent this book

cocktail book

for Christmas a couple of years ago and I have purloined it…

Here is tonight’s recipe – yum!

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3. A reminder to all Club Members – virtual and actual: don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.

 Casualties of War!

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:  Episode 4, Series 4

Casualties of War:

Plot:

March 1943: Foyle receives a visit from his goddaughter, whom he has not seen for 10 years, and her young son who is shell shocked from when his school was bombed. When she runs off leaving her son, Foyle must locate her. A new Assistant Commissioner is after Foyle to crack down on illegal gambling. Sgt. Milner is assigned to the case and goes undercover with mixed results. Milner sees two young lads gambling lots of cash and decides to find out where they’re getting their money. Foyle is also investigating a group of saboteurs. When a murders occurs near a military research facility, Foyle believes he has solved the crime but the new AC insists he release the subject in question. Foyle in turn feels he has only one option open to him. (Written by garykmcd)

http://www.imdb.com/

 Point of Naval Ettiquette:

The above web-site points out that the (costume?) director of Foyle’s War has made a bish. Captain Boothroyd is a naval officer with a moustache. In the Royal Navy, officers were (and still are) allowed either to be clean-shaven or else to have a “full set” (beard and moustache). A moustache on its own is *not* permitted.

To clarify:

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No wonder I’ve never seen David Niven in a film about the navy.

 

‘Casualties of War’ has this reassuring bit of dialogue …

George Woodridge: [to Brooke] “You can’t have people shooting each other in the middle of the night. It’s not right.”

 

Yours delighted to have this important point cleared up once and for all,

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The I.F.N.F.W C: Bleak Midwinter!

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The I.F.N.F.W C: Bleak Midwinter!

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club:

Club notes: Tonight all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again except for Lady Egality (Club Treasurer) who is visiting the Badminton Horse Trials today and tomorrow.     Club Minutes: Apologies: Lady Egality Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids and Miss Peppermint.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations. Announcements: 1. The Committee are particularly looking forward to tonight’s episode –see below 2. Tonight we shall be drinking Coffee for a change – Fazenda Lagoa from Brazil – Coarse Grind, and described thus:

Fazenda Lagoa, Farm by the Lake, is as wonderfully flavorful as it is smooth and mild. Buttery and mellow with hints of peanut butter and cocoa that balance a light and sweet berry tone which rounds out the finish. This is a perfect choice for those looking for a full-bodied coffee without undue acidity.

I’ll let you know how many points out of ten we give it. We shall be eating Chocolate Chip Cookies because coffee and chocolate are such a scrummy combination. And I can cook them thanks to my dear sister-in-law, who years ago, took me in hand and gave me ‘The Silver Palate Cookbook‘ by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. The splats on the page are testament to how much Chicks ma, mi and min loved these cookies when they were little! choc.chip cookies.jpg

For anyone who’s feeling hungry, here’s a close-up of a recipe of total deliciousness:

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3. A reminder to all Club Members – virtual and actual: don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting. Here is ours for tonight!

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Bleak Midwinter!

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club is watching (certain bits several times):  Episode 3, Series 4

Bleak Midwinter:

Plot:

  • December 1942: DCS Foyle investigates the death of Grace Phillips who died in what appears to be an accident in a munitions factory. Grace, who had been living with her boyfriend Harry Osborne, had become very sad of late and had mysteriously mentioned something about thievery to a fellow worker just a week before her death. Sgt. Milner’s estranged wife Jane, whom he’s not seen for over two years, visits him unexpectedly. Jane knew the dead girl and had important information for her husband, but she is killed while on her way to tell him. When evidence points to Sgt. Milner as the perpetrator, Foyle is forced to suspend him. Meanwhile the staff at the police station are overly preoccupied with the evidence gathered in a racketeering case – especially a plump turkey.

    http://www.imdb.com/Written by garykmcd

This is all very well but tonight, the Actual Members will not be thinking about the plot particularly because just look at this picture below! Any old Church? NO! It’s the one right at the end of this episode (1.31.44) when the ARP Warden wishes DCS Foyle a Happy Christmas. The exact same one ! In real life, the church is All Saints’, Odiham and is less than 3 miles away from Castle Coop!   All saints odiham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at this pub! Any old pub? NO!  Recognise The Bell? It’s in Odiham!

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And did you spot a sinister looking passage at 36.15? Where Mrs. Milner gets clonked on the head? I walk down there almost every day! I’m glad to report that actually it’s not creepy at all

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but if I feel daily life needs perking up a bit, I can always pretend that I’m Sam Stewart looking for clues to clear Sergeant Milner’s name, rather than just plain old Liberty Hen nipping along to Odiham’s library. How great is that!

A Disgruntled Resident:

A resident writing a grumpy  blog entry  about the downside of living alongside the filming has attached a picture of a signed photo of DCS Foyle which she was given as an olive branch. It made me laugh!

 

Yours, busy pressing the pause button to spot more bits our stamping ground,

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The I. F.N.F.W.C.: Bleak Midwinter

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The I. F.N.F.W.C.: Bleak Midwinter

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club:

Club notes: Tonight all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again except for Lady Egality (Club Treasurer) who is visiting the Badminton Horse Trials today and tomorrow.     Club Minutes: Apologies: Lady Egality Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D, ayresorchids and Miss Peppermint.  (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman), Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon Venue:  Castle Coop and various international locations. Announcements: 1. The Committee are particularly looking forward to tonight’s episode –see below 2. Tonight we shall be drinking Coffee for a change – Fazenda Lagoa from Brazil – Coarse Grind, and described thus:

Fazenda Lagoa, Farm by the Lake, is as wonderfully flavorful as it is smooth and mild. Buttery and mellow with hints of peanut butter and cocoa that balance a light and sweet berry tone which rounds out the finish. This is a perfect choice for those looking for a full-bodied coffee without undue acidity.

I’ll let you know how many points out of ten we give it. We shall be eating Chocolate Chip Cookies because coffee and chocolate are such a scrummy combination. And I can cook them thanks to my dear sister-in-law, who years ago, took me in hand and gave me ‘The Silver Palate Cookbook‘ by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. The splats on the page are testament to how much Chicks ma, mi and min loved these cookies when they were little!choc.chip cookies.jpg

For anyone who’s feeling hungry, here’s a close-up of a recipe of total deliciousness:

choc. chip recipe.jpg

 

3. A reminder to all Club Members – virtual and actual: don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting. Here is ours for tonight!

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Bleak Midwinter!

Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club is watching (certain bits several times):  Episode 3, Series 4

Bleak Midwinter:

Plot:

  • December 1942: DCS Foyle investigates the death of Grace Phillips who died in what appears to be an accident in a munitions factory. Grace, who had been living with her boyfriend Harry Osborne, had become very sad of late and had mysteriously mentioned something about thievery to a fellow worker just a week before her death. Sgt. Milner’s estranged wife Jane, whom he’s not seen for over two years, visits him unexpectedly. Jane knew the dead girl and had important information for her husband, but she is killed while on her way to tell him. When evidence points to Sgt. Milner as the perpetrator, Foyle is forced to suspend him. Meanwhile the staff at the police station are overly preoccupied with the evidence gathered in a racketeering case – especially a plump turkey.

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This is all very well but tonight, the Actual Members will not be thinking about the plot particularly because just look at this picture below! Any old Church? NO! It’s the one right at the end of this episode (1.31.44) when the ARP Warden wishes DCS Foyle a Happy Christmas. The exact same one ! In real life, the church is All Saints’, Odiham and is less than 3 miles away from Castle Coop!  All saints odiham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at this pub! Any old pub? NO!  Recognise The Bell? It’s in Odiham!

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And did you spot a sinister looking passage at 36.15? Where Mrs. Milner gets clonked on the head? I walk down there almost every day! I’m glad to report that actually it’s not creepy at all

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but if I feel daily life needs perking up a bit, I can always pretend that I’m Sam Stewart looking for clues to clear Sergeant Milner’s name, rather than just plain old Liberty Hen nipping along to Odiham’s library. How great is that!

A Disgruntled Resident:

A resident writing a grumpy  blog entry  about the downside of living alongside the filming has attached a picture of a signed photo of DCS Foyle which she was given as an olive branch. It made me laugh!

 

Yours, busy pressing the pause button to spot more bits our stamping ground,

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Bad Blood!

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Bad Blood!

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club:

Club notes:

Tonight all the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again except for Lady Egality (Club Treasurer) who is partying in London.

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Reading for my Ride to Paris

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Reading for my Ride to Paris

Reading for my Ride to Paris:

 

The Agent has been laughing his head off at me because he caught me studying ‘Cycling Weekly’ which I gather is the UK’s best-selling cycling magazine.

 

 

 

 

Don’t you think this week’s edition looks interesting?

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I’ve told him sternly he may laugh if he likes but although it’s true I may not exactly measure up to the prowess of the target readership of ‘Cycling Weekly’, I am considering taking out a subscription. If I’m going to be able to cycle to Paris in September, it’s simply not good enough to cross my fingers and hope for the best. I need to think myself into the role. Perhaps the Agent hasn’t heard of  ‘Method Acting‘.

Now that I have:

  • a beautiful bike to try to ride to Paris on
  • dear little lights which flash fore and aft from my helmet.
  • a training schedule as approved by the Poppy Bike Ride organisers
  • amazing magic clip-in cycling shoes and pedals
  • a  username for map-my-ride so I can log my training sorties
  • some WD40
  • a ticket from Paris to London on Eurostar to return home with….

‘Cycling Weekly’ might prove to be essential reading. I need to learn how to be ‘mentally prepared ‘!

 

This week’s edition:

This week’s edition has been very informative. I’ve read about techniques for effective uphill training, how to avoid DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness), interval training and the best ways to coping with potholes on the road. There was also an encouraging article called, ‘Starting afresh…you’re never too old..’

 

I love the sound of ‘Cycling cafés’; they sound fun!

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The April weather has meant my recent forays out on the Poppy Bike have been rather damp ones. Cycling in the rain is much better fun than I ever dreamed it could be. Other cyclists have started to nod their heads at me and it feels very convivial.

Lady Liberty training in rain

 

Yours, luckily without any delayed-onset muscle soreness thanks to my new-found knowledge gleaned from ‘Cycling Weekly’,

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Invasion!

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The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Invasion!

 The International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Invasion!

It has beensimply chucking it down with rain all day and I’m looking forward very much indeed to having a cosy evening tucked up on the sofa under a rug, ready to watch tonight’s exciting Foyle’s War installment. Bliss!!!

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A Magic Button makes everything ok!

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A Magic Button makes everything ok!

 

A Magic Button Saves the Day!

 

New Pedals for the Poppy Bike

 

The Agent spent a long time yesterday replacing the ordinary pedals on the Poppy Bike with some new ‘click-in/click-out’ ones for my  Pedal Power cycling shoes which he gave me the other day.

 

I stood by and admired while he and Chick Min wielded specialist spanners. The pedals are much smaller than the ones I’ve always used before:

 

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This afternoon I tried out my new shoes on the bike. The Agent held me up on one side and Chick Min held me up on the other. I definitely recommend clinging on to someone while trying to get the hang of clicking the cleats of new shoes into these pedals.

cleats

 

 

As soon as they let go of me, I fell off.

 

 

 

Every time I fell off, I remained hopeful that I’d get the knack of the click-in pedals with the next effort. After watching me wobbling round and round getting nowhere, the Agent seemed on the verge of a breakdown and needed to go inside to lie down. Chick Min kept trying to work out what I was doing wrong. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get the hang of the Pedal Power shoes.

But..Look what I found just in time! The Agent needn’t have worried!

A Magic Button to press and make everything ok!

Magic!!

Miracle produire par magie!

Zauberhaft Magie!

Prodigioso!

 

 

Here is the magic button link so you can solve all your problems too:

make everything ok button

Eureka!

I love this button! I love these Power Pedal shoes!

I”ve just come back from a trial ride out on the road with a kindly supporting escort in case of accidents –  Chick Mi rode in front of me and Chick Min behind. I rode in state in the middle and managed to click- in /click-out of the pedals loads of times; it all worked absolutely brilliantly! The shoes and pedals are really fantastic. They make a huge difference going uphill;  you can stand up so easily if the gradient is a bit testing. Even just going along on the flat is better as the shoes harness power more efficiently; you can push down while pedalling and also pull up.

Pedal Power shoes and the Make Everything Ok Button – a winning combination! I hope you find this magic button as useful as I have!

Yours, wishing you a very Happy Easter and very Many Happy Returns to my dear Correspondent, Digby D whom I hope will enjoy a very, very happy Birthday on Easter Sunday! ,

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P.S. Having discovered that Martha the dog (in a quest to eat up the cat’s food as a small post-prandial snack) has broken my best 10 wine glasses and a jug, I’ve just tried out the ‘make everything ok’ button again to see if it worked under extreme conditions. And it actually managed to make me laugh!

 

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Stop Press!

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Stop Press!

 

Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Stop Press!

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A Clean Church for Good Friday

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A Clean Church for Good Friday

A Clean Church for Good Friday:

The Call to Arms:

Last week, I received this trumpeting ‘Call to Arms’ in my inbox:     Dear Castle Coopians, Castle Coop Needs a  Clean Church! Easter is fast approaching. Now the village has been properly spruced up, we need to muster the troops and declare war on all the cobwebs and mud which have  invaded the church interior during the winter. The Easter Church Clean will be on Wednesday 16th April 10am to Noon. Let me know that you are able to come and help and I shall enrol you in the Cleaning Corps. Don’t forget.

Brown Owl  

 

Reporting for duty at St. Mary’s yesterday morning, ready for a head to head fight in the name of Spring Cleanliness, I found High Command directing operations from half-way up a ladder.   2014-04-18 19.30.56.jpg

 

This strategic position offered a brilliant vantage point from which to oversee the battle while simultaneously attacking spiders from the left flank and brushing them off the windows. The clouds of disturbed dust surrounding her were testament  to Brown Owl‘s fantastic Field Marshal capabilities. Here are the weapons with which I was issued to effect a vanguard Coup de Main against the enemy:

  •  Mop (Standard Issue)
  • Bucket (dating from previous campaign)
  • Soapy Water (courtesy of South East Water Co.)

The Campaign:

I set to wielding the mop on the Church Porch floor front line:

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Inside other members of the Cleaning Corps performed a  scouring pincer manoeuvre involving water, soap and dustpans and brushes. In the rear guard, Brownies armed with Brasso and dusters were earning marks towards their ‘good citizenship’ badges while the two Misses Pepperpot  – Eglantine and Clementine – wafted about rubbing lavender polish into the pews. Colonel Pyncheon counted up all the prayer books and hymnals and replaced them in orderly rows.

We  didn’t need the full 2 hours to get St. Mary’s ready for the Good Friday Service. By 11.30 we had a sparklingly clean Church

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and so had time in hand to properly appreciate the Chelsea Buns and coffee 

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which Lady Sebright kindly brought from her house to refresh us all. Yum!

A Vote of Thanks:

Brown Owl, waving a mug of coffee rather wildly about, gave a vote of thanks to the workers, very loosely based on the ‘Never in the field of human conflict..’ speech. Apparently, the Cleaning Corps showed ‘verve‘!

 

Yours dustily,

 

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Pedal Power!

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Pedal Power!

 

 

Pedal Power!

16.93 miles were covered today in the push for Pedal to Paris fitness, according to Map My Ride!

 

It has been another beautiful day and Lady Egality decided to join me on her bike. We cycled along the lanes in tandem which was very companionable.

 

About half-way round today’s training route, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a Chinook manoeuvre..

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We were cycling next to RAF Odiham and watched one of the Base’s Chinooks fly right overhead:

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It looked so ungainly and heavy in the air; we were both mesmerised watching it hover in one spot for simply ages.

 

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It must be a pretty extraordinary feeling to pilot such a whopping machine.

We stayed for a long time watching it; it was sobering to think all the training is necessary for the troops to be prepared for service out in Afghanistan.

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But then we cycled off and, once away from the RAF Base, felt fancy-free again.

 

[On April 26th, less than 2 weeks after this post was published, 5 military servicemen – 4 of whom were based at RAF Odiham – were killed out in Afghanistan. 

The Basingstoke Gazette report reads: 

 

‘The crash is the first fatal accident involving a UK military helicopter during the conflict in Afghanistan and it is the third biggest loss of life of British troops in a single incident in the country since the conflict began in 2001.

The incident brings the number of British forces killed in the Afghanistan conflict to 453.’

 

 

Maj Gen Richard Felton, Commander Joint Helicopter Command paid tribute saying:

“Events like this, whilst mercifully rare, remind us of the risks our personnel face in their work in Afghanistan as we approach the conclusion of the combat mission later this year.”

BBC News

 

It is dreadful news.]

 

An Un-birthday Present!

When the Agent came home tonight, he arrived bearing a parcel for me – how exciting is that!

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 Guess what was inside, wrapped up in all the tissue paper…..

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Pedal Power shoes with cleats attached! Gosh – that’s serious gear! There was even a shoe maintenance manual provided.

 

 

Advantages of Click-in Pedals & Bike Shoes

 

There is no doubt that click-in pedals are safer. They are designed to release quickly and easily. Similar to a ski binding, when you place your shoe onto the pedal and push down, the cleat snaps into place securing it firmly. To unclip, your simply twist your heel away from the bike.  Unclipping becomes second nature very quickly… the advantages of a firm cleat and stiff shoes will soon become very apparent.  The main advantage however, is that you can achieve a more efficient pedal stroke when using click-in pedals. When you learn how to maximise the full rotation of the pedal stroke by pulling up with your feet, your hill climbing ability will improve, as will your ability to pedal at a higher cadence and you’ll find yourself more efficient in the lower gears. All these reasons will lead to a significant improvement in your endurance but will also reduce wear and tear on your knees, helping you to enjoy your cycling for years to come.

MAGIC SHOES – WOW!

I LOVE the idea of getting ‘a significant improvement’ in my endurance and my hill climbing ability just by putting on a new pair of shoes –  what a result – YAY!
It sounds to me as if these product designers are seriously gifted. I need them to concentrate on designing magic shoes for gardening which will give ‘a significant improvement’ in the lack of weeds in the flower beds and some for cooking which will likewise improve my delicious-supper-making ability.
Now I understand why Imelda Marcos ravea about shoes and has all those thousands of pairs!
This magic shoe business is an extremely exciting concept.

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I’ve got to change the pedals on my Poppy Bike to these Power Pedals so that my feet in the new cycling shoes, will snap in and out of them.

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If I forget I’m wearing shoes with cleats, I will keep falling off. So…I’d better concentrate for a change.

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I’m going to have to practise clicking in and out of the pedals quite a lot to get the hang of it. Perhaps I should start off on the lawn – what do you think?

Yours hoping I don’t fall off however,

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A War of Nerves:

 

 

 

Club notes:

I am delighted to report that  The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman),Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon have returned safe and sound from their skiing holiday in Verbier with no broken bones.

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Home » Castle Coop News » Foyle’s War Club: “They Fought in the Fields”

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Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: “They Fought in the Fields”

 

Club notes:

I am delighted to report that despite being busy skiing all day in the Swiss Alps and enjoying the wonderful combination of late snow and sun, The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman),Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon have not forgotten the members of our International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club.

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