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yngwies Cat 2:20 Sun Sep 15
Battle of Britain Day
I'll be toasting many a drink to the few.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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BRANDED 2:01 Tue Sep 17
Re: Battle of Britain Day
I wonder how many sung it and if they used WHOONLINE?

Northern Sold 1:52 Tue Sep 17
Re: Battle of Britain Day
* sigh *

Golden Oldie 1:42 Tue Sep 17
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Field Marshall John Dill and Lord Gort were among the prominent opponents and critics of Hore-Belisha from within the British military. Gort -- who would go on to be the leader of the British Expeditionary Force in France -- was said to be so annoyed by the pretentious-snideness of Hore-Belisha, that he refused to be in the same room as the jewish Minister of War.

In the early months of the war, a popular song, inspired by Hore-Belisha, became popular in the British armed forces. It was sun to the tune of "Onward, Christian Soldiers":

Onward Christian Soldiers,
You have nought to fear.
Israel Hore-Belisha
Will lead you from the rear.
Clothed by Monty Burton,
fed on Lyons pies;
Die for jewish freedom
As a Briton always dies.

When word of the song reached him, Hore-Belisha issued a proclamation banning members of the military from singing it.

Northern Sold 12:36 Mon Sep 16
Re: Battle of Britain Day
I had a B17 Flying Fortress buzz over our house yesterday... quite a sight...

riosleftsock 12:34 Mon Sep 16
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Fog 7:26 Sun Sep 15

As long as the weather is clear I can see most of that from my back garden.

BRANDED 12:33 Mon Sep 16
Re: Battle of Britain Day
To all the fighter pilots from all over the World who stopped the hun.🍺🍺

yngwies Cat 2:23 Mon Sep 16
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Eh?

the last eastender 9:57 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Bleeding forriners stealing r Inglish plains.

yngwies Cat 8:30 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day


There goes the siren that warns of the air raid
Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak
Out for the scramble we've got to get airborne
Got to get up for the coming attack
Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines
Remove all the wheel-blocks there's no time to waste
Gathering speed as we head down the runway
Gotta get airborne before it's too late
Running, scrambling, flying

Rolling, turning, diving, going in again
Running, scrambling, flying
Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
Run, live to fly, fly to live Aces high

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers
Let off a sharp burst and then turn away
Roll over, spin round and come in behind them
Move to their blindsides and firing again
Bandits at 8 O'clock move in behind us
Ten ME-109's out of the sun
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them
Heading straight for them I press down my guns

Rolling, turning, diving
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again
Rolling, turning, diving
Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high

yngwies Cat 8:26 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Cheers Fog.

Fog 7:26 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
For anyone interested, there's a big Battle of Britain celebration at Duxford next weekend including a mass Spitfire flypast. I can't make it, but seems you have to book tickets in advance.

zebthecat 4:37 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
A flight of steel eagles tearing by
The ripped silk scream of the rended sky
Flame on through sound and make time fly
What a good way to go....
What a good way to go
In the aerospace age.......inferno
Fly through sound like a circus hound
Through the burning hoop with just one bound
So not even your ashes will be found
What a good way to go....
What a good way to go
In the aerospace age.......inferno
Set the controls for the heart of the Earth
The silver machine is worth more than you're worth
But the Phoenix soul is bound for rebirth
What a good way to go....
What a good way to go
In the aerospace age.......inferno

zebthecat 4:36 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
I don't feel fear or panic
Nothing brings me down
I'm an aerospaceage warrior
I fly sideways through sound
My reflexes and reactions
Are as fast as a machine
I'm the right stuff, baby
The right stuff
I'm the right stuff, baby
The right stuff
The right stuff, baby
The right stuff
Watch my trail

Eddie B 4:11 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
https://youtu.be/GLUyEXO-jI0

martinbritt_63 3:30 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
For Johnny
by John Pudney

Do not despair
For Johnny-head-in-air;
He sleeps as sound
As Johnny underground.
Fetch out no shroud
For Johnny-in-the-cloud;
And keep your tears
For him in after years.

Better by far
For Johnny-the-bright-star,
To keep your head,
And see his children fed.

John Pudney was serving in the RAF I believe, when he penned this in 1940.

Mike the Hammer 3:24 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
I'll give 'Spitfire' by Public Service Broadcasting a play...

Mr Anon 3:02 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Those magnificent men in their flying machines,
They go up, Tiddley up, up,
They go down, Tiddley down, down

Far Cough 2:52 Sun Sep 15
Re: Battle of Britain Day
Per Ardua Ad Astra





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