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    Wearing the humble poppy causing trouble.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 29 Oct 2015, 12:33 pm

    How the annual poppy appeal has been hijacked online.

    Poppies are a common sight on British shirts and coats this time of year - but online some people are using the burst of poppy popularity to push their political agendas.

    Because of the free and open internet many religious nuts are taking the opportunity to denigrate our wearing of the poppy, and all it stands for.

    See what I read on the BBC website today:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34657975

    I think that this is outrageous and anybody denigrating the wearing of the poppy and what it stands for should be punished whenever they are caught.

    Don't you agree ?
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    Post by papa_umau on Fri 30 Oct 2015, 12:42 pm

    Hey, "religious nuts" is my favourite saying ! Twisted Evil

    I do firmly believe that the right to wear the poppy in this country should be protected so that these anti-British influences have no effect on how we remember our our lost family members over the years of war.

    The main argument is that the wearing of the poppy is an "insult" to the other religions in Britain, but that argument does not stack up unless they too want to start wearing a commemorative token on their lapels too.

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    Post by Angie baby on Sat 31 Oct 2015, 12:44 pm

    I wonder what might be said and done if any visitor to any Sharia law state were to wear a poppy there ?

    I find it severe double standards when these Muslim extremists do this online and expect to get away with it and yet they still expect freedom of speech when they live in Britain.

    They wouldn't get anything like their British freedom of speech if they were to go back home.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sun 01 Nov 2015, 1:28 pm

    Very well said Angie, as we see these sets of double standards all over the foreign countries.

    While we should be proud of our freedom of speech laws these rights should not be allowed to be hijacked by people who do not have such rights in their own countries.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Thu 19 Nov 2015, 5:37 pm

    Muslims, Sikhs, Gurkhas and many others have served in our armed forces during wartime, and the poppy is worn for their fallen as well as ours. In fact, one Muslim woman designed a poppy hijab which was on sale this year.

    We must not get sidetracked and forget our erstwhile allies, even if we are having trouble with their deluded descendants.
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    Post by papa_umau on Fri 20 Nov 2015, 1:38 pm

    Wonderfully well spoken HG !

    It is really sad that these decent people are all being rolled up together with the terrorist animals.

    I only wish the deluded-minority who think like that from these accepted religions around the world would remember that fact.

    It only takes a few to taint the reputation of these generally honourable and peace-loving religions.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Fri 20 Nov 2015, 3:00 pm

    The thing that Really grinds my gears is the fact that Britain First have started selling poppies too and the money they raise does Not go to the Royal British Legion, instead disappearing into that Hate groups coffers. BF sells them online.

    I will only buy from the RBL official collectors.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sat 21 Nov 2015, 12:45 pm

    Didn't know that either !

    You really are a fount of great information here on ROB HG.

    I hope the rest of the ROB-users appreciate your input here as much as I do. I love you

    In Scotland the official red poppy income goes to The Earl Haig fund under the name of Poppy Scotland which is also another sub-division of the Royal British Legion list of charities.



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    Post by Hell's Granny on Sat 21 Nov 2015, 2:17 pm

    Many years ago I worked at the Star and Garter home for disabled ex-servicemen in Richmond. The Haig Poppy Factory was just a little way down the hill, and many of the residents put in a few hours each day making poppies.
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    Post by papa_umau on Sun 22 Nov 2015, 12:16 pm

    Nice story HG !

    I am sure that the people who are marked by war, but who survived, are a great help in the ways of remembering our fallen heroes.

    How's this for another story:

    My dad was killed in the RAF in 1948 after going right through the war as aircrew in bomber command and coming out virtually unscathed. He was demobbed in 1946 after the war was done, but he could not settle back into civvy street so he went back into the RAF in order to get more qualifications.

    He was put back into aircrew and posted off to the Med' based in Luqa aerodrome in Malta doing maritime patrols during the Palestine crisis.

    Tragically, his Lancaster bomber crashed in fog into a small island off Italy called Monte-Cristo Island and all of the seven crew were lost.

    They were buried at sea from an aircraft carrier, so I have nowhere to go to lay flowers.

    I was four when my dad died and all I can remember of him was hanging onto his trouser leg as he carried me around on his foot

    He was 39 when he was killed and he never even got to see my young sister before he was taken.


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    Post by Angie baby on Sun 22 Nov 2015, 1:20 pm

    That's a terribly sad story Papa. I nearly cried when I read it. Sad Sad

    What do you mean when you say he got out "virtually unscathed" ?
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    Post by papa_umau on Mon 23 Nov 2015, 12:25 pm

    Thanks Angie. It is true that although I am now seventy-one my dad is still in my thoughts.

    When I said "virtually unscathed" I meant that he did not get out of the war without scars. He was badly burned when he helped to pull some American airmen from a burning plane that had crash-landed on the RAF airstrip.

    He was "mentioned in dispatches" for that act, and awarded the Oak Leaf to pin to one of his medals, of which he eventually had seven.

    Yes, he was my hero !

    And, here is the only photo I have of him in his flying jacket.



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    Post by zathrus on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 12:32 pm

    What a good looking young man Paps.

    Looking at your profile picture, you do not take after him Evil or Very Mad

    Anyway, that WAS a very sad story. Sad
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    Post by papa_umau on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 12:48 pm

    I do actually take after him in looks as when I was younger - up until I was around thirty-five - I was his double, with his narrow face and without my present beard, but I did not get his wiry and wavy hair. I guess he got his tight waves from his own dad in Ireland.


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    Post by Angie baby on Sat 28 Nov 2015, 1:06 pm

    Yes Papa, your dad certainly was a looker.

    He also looked so young there. Sad

    Have you any younger photos of yourself without the beard Papa ?

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    Post by papa_umau on Sat 28 Nov 2015, 1:26 pm

    What do you think of this one Angie ?



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