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Foyle’s War: Trespass!

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Foyle’s War: Trespass!

 

 

The Friday Night Foyle’s War Club: Trespass!

 

‘Trespass’, the second episode of series 9 was shown on Sunday night, here in the UK.  The Friday Night Club (virtual members) met up at Lady Egality and Sir Plym’s house for our Foyle’s War session. However, this particular episode is rather brutal watching.  For any virtual member who hasn’t been able to view it, here are 2 of Anthony Horowitz’s tweets which explain why we found it harrowing . While sitting on the sofa cosily looking at a TV drama, suddenly one gets to see what can happen all too easily, when extreme views are taken too far.

 

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ITV did consider postponing last night’s Foyle’s War. Brave – and right – of them not to (12/01/15)

 

Quite shocking – and moving – watching Foyle tonight in the light of events in Paris. (11/01/15)

 

 

Series 9, Episode 2

Trespass!

 

The son of a high-profile Jewish businessman is attacked in the grounds of a university, leaving Foyle to consider the possibility that the attack was racially motivated…

…At one point in this story, Foyle is called on to resign. And being Foyle, he does so with all the pomp and melodrama of someone announcing they’re popping out to buy a pint of milk. It’s a marvellous scene and typical of the show, which every now and then captures a clipped decency and general stiffness of lip that feels thoroughly 1940s.

Then again, decency is in short supply as an assortment of storylines branch off from an attack on a Jewish student. He’s the son of a shipping magnate, who for some reason doesn’t want Foyle to interfere. There’s a slippery fish at the FO (Alex Jennings); a rabble-rousing politician in Peckham whose rallying cry is “Britain for the British!” (Ukip, basically); and Sam takes pity on a sick boy for whom the NHS can’t arrive soon enough. The complex circuitry of the plot needs a bit more voltage early on, but it builds to a tense climax.

Source: Radio Times:
Yours feeling anxious,
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Going Out versus Staying In!

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Going Out versus Staying In!

Saturday Night Entertainment in Castle Coop!

 

 

 Going out:

On Saturday nights, the Agent, Sir Plym, the Chairman of the Village Hall, Colonel Pyncheon, the Graf and Sir Burford Brown go out. Propping up the bar at the Ox and Moose, they have weighty discussions & a thoroughly enjoyable evening putting the world to rights.

Propping up the bar at the Ox and Moose

 

 

 Staying in:

On Saturday nights, Lady Egality & I stay in.

playing cards together

 

Playing vingt-et-un in front of a log fire, we have a cozy tête à tête & a thoroughly enjoyable evening putting the world to rights.

 

 

Where is your favourite port of call for putting the world to rights? Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

Yours looking for some matches to use as my stake during my Saturday night’s entertainment!

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Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

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Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Pedal2Paris Sponsors & Supporters – A Big Thank you!

Oh wow! Justgiving.com have just sent me this email:

 

You were in the top 1% of fundraisers for 2014

 

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I am so grateful to everyone who sponsored my Pedal to Paris fundraising efforts.

You helped me raise £6000 for The Royal British Legion in memory of WLS. Hurrah!

Thank you so much!

 

Kind Graham from The Royal British Legion also emailed me just before Christmas:

Dear Liberty,

We wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the whole team at The Royal British Legion.

We’ve had an incredible year with bike rides raising just under £600,000 to support the charity’s essential welfare work helping Service men and women, veterans, and their families. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support in raising this record amount.

Have a wonderful festive season,

Best wishes,

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How your sponsorship money is distributed by The Royal British Legion:

British Legion sponsorship money

Yours wondering if The British Legion will send some families on a good holiday in 2015 or maybe buy some mobility vehicles !

 

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A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies

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A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies

 

 

A Prototype Display for the Ceramic Poppies:

 

Since the 5 ceramic poppies arrived from The Tower of London, we have been trying to come up with a way to put them on display in the Village Hall so that they can be used to commemorate the  5 soldiers from Castle Coop who were killed in WW1.

Ceramic Poppies

 

Arranging the Poppies for Display:

The poppies arrived on quite long steel stalks – about 14″ or so and we’ve been trying to think of a way to arrange them so that they can all be seen together in a way that doesn’t look too stiff or formal.

Here is what we’ve come up with!

 

 The Prototype

Step 1:

Amazingly, the Chairman of the Village Hall has an original WW1 barbed wire screw  picket. It was found on a Somme field as part of the annual ‘Iron Harvest‘ and he’s very kindly donated it so that the ceramic poppies can be displayed against it.

During the First World War, screw pickets were used for the installation of wire obstacles; these were metal rods with eyelets for holding strands of wire, and a corkscrew-like end that could literally be screwed into the ground rather than hammered, so that wiring parties could work at night near enemy soldiers and not reveal their position by the sound of hammers.

(source: Wikipedia)

It still has a bit of (modern) Somme mud on it.

 

We thought we’d try entwining the poppies around it, bending the steel stems so that the flower heads face upwards as if growing towards the sun.

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Step 2:

The Castle Coop gamekeeper then produced a bit of barbed wire which the Chairman of the V. H. wound around the whole thing, having bent the stems a bit more:

Ceramic Poppies arranged 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If other villagers give the arrangement the thumbs up, we’ll need to encase it inside a box frame. Then it can be put on permanent display inside the Village Hall next to or near the Rolls of Honour on which the names of the 5 soldiers are written.The Rolls of Honour

 

 

What do you think?

Do you think it will look appropriate?

We are all very anxious to show the Poppies off to best advantage.

Yours absolutely thrilled to think that our 5 poor soldiers will now each have their own poppy by their names in their own Village Hall,

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Foyle’s War is Back! Part 2

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Foyle’s War is Back! Part One

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Foyle’s War is Back! Part One

 

 

 

Foyle’s War is Back! Part One

 

 

 

 

It’s true!

Hurrah!

 

Foyle's War is back!

 

The most fab detective ever will be back on screen tomorrow (Sunday, Jan.4th, 8.00pm ITV) with a brand new series! As our Foyle’s War Friday Night Club Secretary, I am absolutely delighted to announce that there will be a meeting for all club members tomorrow night, 8.00pm here at my house, Castle Coop. Virtual members will of course be most warmly welcomed.

We shall be watching High Castle, the first episode of the new series. A bottle of fizz will definitely be opened to celebrate!

Over the Moon - Foyle's War!

High Castle:

Plot:
 High Castle, focuses on the American oil companies who worked closely with IG Farben (Germany’s biggest oil company) to provide fuel essential for Hitler’s War Machine.

This episode touches on the Nuremberg trials and the lesser known story of thirty executives from IG Farben who built their own concentration camp near Auschwitz called Monowitz.

Foyle is drawn into their world when a London University Professor, William Knowles, is found dead in a park after working as a translator in Germany.

It looks like he may have taken a bribe to carry information back to England for a suspected Nazi war criminal; Herman Linz. When the Nazi war criminal is found dead, Foyle is under no illusion that foul play is behind the academic’s murder.

Sam decides to step up her role at work and volunteers for a risky undercover job and Foyle, unaware of her pregnancy, agrees.

Source: TV Guide.co.uk

Below is a link to the youtube trailer:

http://t.co/npOjfEbyH5

In an interview with The Telegraph, Anthony Horowitz says:

…The fact that we have managed to continue so long I put down to the really extraordinary, true stories that we have found, working from the start with the Imperial War Museum. This year, those include the industrialists’ trials in Nuremberg, a secret plot by the British government to limit the number of Jews emigrating to Israel, and a scandal within Churchill’s secret army.

It’s strange that we would never have been able to tell these stories to a mass audience if we were not seen and promoted as a “murder mystery” show. Certainly, I’ve lost count of the number of dead bodies and red herrings that have mounted up over the years. But the greatest pleasure, for me, has been not the crimes but the way we have been able to explore this extraordinary period in British history. These are stories that deserve to be told and I’m proud that we have told so many of them – often for the first time – in Foyle’s War.

The Friday Night Club reconvenes!

Yours thrilled to be reaching for the fedora once again,

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Why do I never seem to learn?

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year - Moscow Mule anyone

 

Yours very gingerly indeed,

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Home » Celebrations in Castle Coop! » Dancing The New Year In!

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Dancing the New Year in!

 

An exploratory email was sent around Castle Coop inboxes asking if everyone would like to celebrate the New Year in a sober and sensible fashion.

As there were no responsesSir Plym quickly posted out a revised email.

Just wanted to reassure you that everything is set for our party tomorrow night.  The supper is being prepared, playlists are being fine tuned, fizz is chilling and party poppers are ready……

Canapes, Supper, Cheese & Biscuits, Bar!

Dance to our very own Village playlist!

Celebrate the New Year with Fizz!

Looking forward to seeing you all at 9pm so we can get the Hogmanay celebrations going.  Remember to bring your dancing shoes, Sir Plymouth Rock
 
 
 
 

The Village Hall is decorated!

It took hardly any time at all to set the Village Hall up for the party as all the Christmas decorations already made everything look festive.

 

New Year's Eve Party - Before

 

Just before everyone started arriving at 9.00p.m. Lady Egality lit the candles:

New Year's Eve Party - ready to start!

 

None of us even attempted to celebrate in a sober and sensible fashion:

New Year's Eve Party after 2

 

Actually, we danced our heads off!

2015 NEW YEAR PARTY

 

 

Yours having twisted the night away,

 

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Reflections and Resolutions!

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Reflections and Resolutions!

 

 

 

 

Reflections and Resolutions!

 

 

I do hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas!

There has been such a lot of wining, dining and quaffing that has gone on here in Castle Coop recently that my belt now longer fits comfortably. I need to get a grip.

Luckily I was given a ‘Get a Grip’ FitBit for Christmas – it is awesome!

My one is exactly like this:

Black Flex Fitbit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strapline for the fitbit says:

Set a goal and go

Flex allows you to set a goal and uses LED lights to show how you’re stacking up. Each light represents 20% of your goal. You choose which one — steps, calories, or distance. It lights up like a scoreboard, challenging you to be more active day after day.

I love the idea of a scoreboard and look!! As well as all the LED lights which I keep admiring as they sparkle, the kind people at Fitbit have already sent me a badge to cut out and keep!

 

My Badge!

badge image

Whoa!
Your step count is heating up!
You’ve earned the Urban Boot badge.

The Urban Boot Badge … how exciting is that! I’m totally on board for badges and an urban boot badge sounds pretty edgy. I shall cut my badge out and wear it power walking whilst out and about in Castle Coop.

Liberty Hen power-walking

Resolutions for 2015:

Have you made any? If you have any good ideas, I should be delighted if you’d give me some inspiration as I have been getting depressed considering all the scope for self-improvement. Perhaps I could simply focus on accumulating edgy badges.

Should Hope triumph over Experience?

Should I or should I not put chocolate on the list? To date I haven’t done so as the idea of editing chocolate out of my life isn’t very realistic . On the other hand, there is the belt issue.  On reflection, I think chocolate had better go on the list.

Oh no!

Happy New Year!

Yours fatly,

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The Ceramic Poppies have arrived!

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The Ceramic Poppies have arrived!

 

 

 

 

The Ceramic Poppies have arrived…

 

 

& they’re so beautiful!

 

Ceramic Poppy Booklet

The 5 ceramic poppies – bought in honour of the 5 soldiers who enlisted from Castle Coop and who were killed in WW1 – have arrived safely.

Poppy with certificate

 

 

Here they all are:

 

5 ceramic poppies

 

Just as each soldier was an individual so each of the ceramic poppies is different from all the others.

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Ceramic Poppy 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Poppy 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Poppy 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Poppy 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t get my head round holding these poppies here in Castle Coop,  knowing that they were part of that incredible display at the Tower of London. It is amazing to think that those poor 5 soldiers who were killed, all have their own poppies now, right here in the village they once lived in…

poppies 1

 

What a thrill!

Yours feeling rather awestruck,

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