VE Day . . . 74 years ago !

Back in 1945 as May progressed it was obvious that the war on the western front must end soon but it seemed to drag on endlessly. We spent the final month digesting the horrors of Belsen. It seemed as though horror was building to some sort of climax.  Eventually of course “Victory in Europe” was declared, the German surrender was accepted and everyone wondered what had happened to Hitler.  I do not recollect any great celebrations where we lived. There was more of a feeling that we had been holding up a very heavy weight for a long time, and at long last had been able to put it down, and now all people wanted to do was to sit down and have a rest. There was this uncomfortable feeling that we wanted to behave as though the war was over, and our daily lives no doubt improved because tis indeed was so in that we could expect no more air raids or V1s or V2s, but yet there was the uncomfortable remembrance that in the Far East the war was far from over and now troops and materiel must be sent out there to finish that job.  The dripping of the atomic bombs in August was greeted with great relief – a mixture of half knowing that something new and terrible and destructive had been invented, and gladness that it had because it stopped the whole Japanese business dead in its tracks. And we have lived with that conundrum ever since, and it won’t go away any time soon. Someone has said (who was it ?) that the nuclear weapon had been invented and you can’t uninvent it.  And so we and future generations have to live with it.

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Today’s doings . . .

1. Rain at first, brighter as the day wore on, but light showers continued.

2. Political party leaflets coming through the door and going into the recycling box in the garage.

3. Very little news about Brexit, but glad to see that Full Fact picks up the lies told by MPs and other “influencers ” and states the facts, if indeed there are facts to state. As far as our alleged political leaders are concerned they are best ignored. Most of the Government’s ministers have told lies over the past three years and must be discounted as honest and reliable men or women. What a state we are in ! –  and the EU leaders, parliament and the remaining states know this to be so and wonder at it.   How did it come about ?

I read today that Mrs. May is going to represent the UK (with others) at the upcoming VE commemorations.  A more unsuitable, unrepresentative person I cannot imagine. Prince Charles is going and that is very suitable, but there is no one on the political scene fit to be there apart from one or two outstanding back benchers.

4. I note from Facebook that we are to have three new Bishops in the C of E – and all are women. Shrewsbury, Stepney and Huntingdon. So we are getting on steadily. This website says we are now up to 22 female bishops. Not bad, eh ?

5. Yesterday we visited Hazel’s emporium in Castle Douglas and chose a bookcase to stand in our hallway – £25. But the car was full at the back then, so today we went and collected it. With the back seats tipped forward it went in easily and we brought it home and gave it a dose of “Pledge” which cleaned it up well.

6. I ordered some alcohol free beer from St Peter’s brewery in Suffolk and it was delivered today. Tried it at lunchtime and it was quite good, much better than the last lot which was mainly brewed in Germany and the Czech Republic. The German beer was mainly wheat beer, the Czech was the nearest to a UK style. Today’s delivery was St Peter’s Original, but there is a St Peter’s Golden too and I might give that a whirl. Original is described as being malty, while Golden is hoppy.

7. Also today someone called APC tried to deliver something that needed a signature, but if course we were enjoying ourselves in Castle Douglas. So via the wonders (mysteries) of the internet I have fixed delivery for Friday next. I presume this is our missing bag of compost.

8. The new royal baby is going to be Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

9. Tomorrow the plan involves going to Castramon Wood to see bluebells which are now plentiful and colouring the roadside woods all around here.

About The Author

Born 9 December 1933. Former Royal Air Force person. Retired Church of England Clergyman. Father. Grandfather, and now, Great Grandfather. Citizen of "Nowhere" acccording to my Prime Minister. Citizen of Europe according to me. Fervent Remainer. Thinks that Members of Parliament and especially Ministers of the Crown, who lie to Parliament should be barred from any sort of public office until a public recantation - three shots, then out for life.
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