New art shop opened

Having been banned from Facebook for the umpteenth time I found some extra time in my busy retired life. So I picked up painting again. And in a special way too. I decided to try my hand at something different than just landscapes, and started experimenting with combining it with…

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From Arromanches to the Elbe

by Charles More Marcus Cunliffe and the 144th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps 1944–1945 Marcus Cunliffe was an officer of the 144th Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps when it landed in Normandy back in June 1944. His notes and diaries are kept in the George Washington University in Washington DC and…

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Excellent book on the Battle of the Bulge

The Americans and Germans at Bastogne (Hardback)First-Hand Accounts from the Commandersby Gary Sterne Now here’s a book to my heart !! Not only is its subject about one of the iconic battles in Europe during the Second World War, but also it is chockful of maps and situational sketches. AND…

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Playing artist again

I bought a training course on architectural acquarel techniques, but figured I wanted to try it out on another pet subject: the LST325 in Evansville. Using a photo from Craig as model, I started on my first attempt. Got some of the scaling wrong, but figured to continue anyway, to…

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Duel Under the Stars

2020-06-18 The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II by Wilhelm Johnen Another one of my favorite World War 2 books, because it is written relatively shortly after the war, in 1956, by someone who was one of the actively involved participants. In this case, a young…

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Bye Bye Zuckerberg

All the way back in November 2008 I added my first friends on Facebook, on my brand new account. I started it out of curiosity because many of my flight simulator friends were talking about it. And those were the ones I added at first, indeed. Now 12 years later…

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A lot happened

But unfortunately not on the actually cockpit build….. However, not all is bad, although getting old really feels like it… <grin>. Time passes at lightning speed these days, and so it happened that instead of continuing to build the cockpit, we continued building the house instead. Matter of priorities. But…

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NO Facebook, so peaceful

The Facebook Gestapo has locked me out once again, this time for sharing a joke on good old Hitler….. totally irrelevant for their ‘community standards’, whatever those may entail. Totally random too of course, I am just on their blacklist, like some of my friends, for not just posting pink colored,…

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The F-4 Phantom – book review

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archivesby Martin Bowman Usually I am very happy with this series of ‘Rare Images’ books from Pen & Sword, and the good old Phantom being one of my long-time favorite aircraft I was interested in this book.But truth be told, it was somewhat of a let-down.…

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The Second World War Explained

By Michael O’Kelly Here’s an excellent book explaining World War 2 in an overview fashion. Excellent for those who have never really looked into this part of history, excellent for younger readers too. Looking at the many 10’s of thousands of titles on this bit of our history their is…

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Shopping Corona-style

So if you think only my good friend Glenn Colin de Kavanagh-Norman can write adventure stories….. think again… . ‘Operation Spesa’ was successful. Today I had to go down the hill…. My anti-migraine meds ran out, and after 15 days without leaving the home, so did some other things like…

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Book Review: A Spy in the Sky

A Photographic Reconnaissance Spitfire Pilot in WWII Very interesting book. I love all stories about WW2 written by the people who actually were there, and this one is no exception. It not only tells the story of a young man who joins the RAF (more or less by mistake, to…

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Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles

in the second world war Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War (Paperback)Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives Recently I have been reading books about topics that are a little outside my ‘regular interest’, and this little book is one of them. This book by a Spanish(?) author is…

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I took a sabbatical from riding

And I have hesitated a long time to tell you all (as if anyone would be interested, really). You would think your life will quiet down once you get older….. well, not so. Time passes more quickly, or so it seems, but things have not become more quiet for Nina…

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Absence

Dear readers and Facebook followers. There are 2 reasons for being absent these past few days. First is some heavy migraine attacks lasting multiple days. The other is yet another ban from Farcebook, being squealed upon by some (probably British) expats in Robbie's Expats in Italy Farcebook page. I'll be…

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Monte Martano

The mountain across from our place is called Monte Martano and is almost 2000 meters high (6000 feet). You can actually drive up almost to the top, where all the big antennas are. There are gravel roads to the top, and the military fort up there. From the top you…

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Christmas under fire, 1944

The last Christmas of World War 2 By Kevin Prenger Here is a world war 2 book that is a little different from what we are used to. For once not about famous or unknown heroes, or battles and campaigns, or analyses of what caused which victory or defeat. No,…

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7th SS Mountain Division

by Ian Baxter7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen At War 1941–1945 (Paperback) A History of the Division Another interesting book compiled by Ian Baxter on one of the German SS divisions. Lots of interesting archive photos make up the major part of the book. The 7th SS started in 1941…

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