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Post  ian1954 on Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:41 pm

This 99 year old veteran (soon to be 100!) has beaten many records in the last few weeks. He has had surgery to his legs following a fall and some cancer surgery. He was so impressed with the NHS and the treatment he received that he decided to start a fund raising campain for the NHS workers.

Something simple, like 100 laps of his garden (using a walking frame) over several days and his target was £1,000 pounds in sponsorship.

He has gone on to raise MILLIONS!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs

He is the largest fund raiser ever on this site.

A version of Captain Tom was adapted in his honour.



But he also now has another record, produced with Michael Ball and it has reached number one. He could be the only Centennial to sing on a hit record.



At the same time in our charts was a charity single with Dame Vera Lynn (now 105 years old) - she sent hime a personal letter of congratulations and he apologised for beating the forces favourite(s) in the charts.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1271236/Captain-Tom-shut-down-Piers-Morgan-Dame-Vera-Lynn-charity-single-NHS-GMB-ITV-video











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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:30 am

Good on you and Captain Tom Moore Ian.  

Sentimental, nostalgic, and touching.  Thanks for sharing.

I have Vera Lynn's "The very best of" CD and play it often.  Most songs relate to WW2 and the brave men and women fighting that war.  Especially the hero's in Spitfires and Hurricanes that saved Britain in the early days.  She was such a bright spot during those dreary times.   I have researched her extensively and can verify that she is well worthy of her title.  

Pick up the visual cues in the cover...……..

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Post  Marleysky on Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:42 am

Very, very inspirational video and story of Caption Tom,  a National treasure.
Vera Lynn,  being public educated , I’d not heard of her before. Now I know who she is and why Roger Waters wrote about her on the Wall. I’ll have some new (old) songs to find and listen to.

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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:57 pm

Shoes on the other foot here Rene.  I have no idea as to who, where, or what a "Pink Floyd" is - animal, vegetable, or mineral.  But if it has high regard for Vera Lynn, it's ok with me.

From "White Cliffs of Dover"

I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in their eyes
And though I'm far away
I still can hear them say
Thumbs up
But when the dawn comes up


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Post  OhBee on Fri Apr 24, 2020 5:22 pm

Whats NHS?
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:05 pm

OhBee wrote:Whats NHS?

It is what intelligent governance provides for its taxpayers. Furthermore, the NHS is consistently ranked as the institution that makes people proudest to be British, beating the Royal family, …
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:59 pm

Indeed inspirational Ian.  Thanks for reminding us of this gentleman's dedication to the cause.  Certainly not the first time he has served his country.

On that note, may I just mention that today in Australia and New Zealand we mark Anzac Day, which today is very different to what we are accustomed.  It's our most solemn of days as we honour our veterans and current service personel from all world conflicts and peacekeeping missions.  We have not been able to gather at war memorials and cenotaphs at dawn this morning as we normally do.  No crowds, no public celebrations, just broadcasts from our memorial sites with minimal people involved.

One moving initiative was the call to honour the ANZACs in our own driveway.  All Aussies were asked to gather as families at their front gate or porch before dawn and "light up the dawn" with candles, and even their phones.  Those who are brass players were asked to play "The Last Post" at 6am as our neighbourhoods stood and reflected on sacrifice.
"Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".

At 6am, commemorations could be heard in the distance, even though we are semi-rural.  I gathered with my wife and son in the dark at our front gate with a lit kerosene Hurricane Lantern, I recited the Ode- "They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."  Then on my van stereo, as loud as it would go, I played a bugle rendition of "The Last Post" (death) followed by 1 minute silence, then played "The Rouse" (resurrection).  This scene was repeated around our country in lieu of being able to gather together with friends and comrades.  A very emotional time as we reflect on the current war we fight against an unseen enemy.
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:29 pm

Memorial Day ANZAC DAY

Thanks Rod!
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:35 pm

Sorry, I hijacked Ian's thread.

Thanks Rene. I shed a tear of two and just had to mention what we'd been up to this morning. I considered unfurling my RAAF flag for the event, but it is still folded as it was when removed from my brother Pete's coffin. Just didn't feel right. I'd never be able to fold it back up the same way.
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