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Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:28 am
by Bill Bentley
Yesterday was the 50th aniversary of the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. To me he will always be a hero, as a soldier and as a politician. Sure he made mistakes, but those who don't make mistakes will never make anything. Mistakes are a part of gaining experience. At the end of the day it is the sum of what a person achieves that counts and without Sir Winston our country would have been far less great.

For me, Sir Winston Churchill is an absolute icon, a corner stone in the foundation of the free world which we enjoy today.

I gladly salute his memory and raise a glass to 'Sir Winston' !

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:11 am
by Bob_H
Having lived in Oxfordshire for a few years I was a frequent visitor to Blenheim Palace. It is of course the home of the House of Marlborough, and where Churchill was born. He often described the view from palace as the "best in England" and I wouldn't argue, it is a stunning location.

The building of the palace was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation for the Duke's military triumphs against the French and Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. However, with politics being fast-changing, funding was withdrawn and the Duke had to find the funds to complete the building from his own resources over many years.

He was interestingly: Colonel of the King's Own Royal Regiment of Dragoons.

Across the downs to the rear of the palace lies the village of Blaydon which Churchill considered to be his home town. Both he and Clementine are buried there in a modest grave, he having opted not to be buried in St Paul's alongside greats like:
  • Ethelred the Unready
    Sir Christopher Wren
    Horatio Nelson
    Duke of Wellington
    Sir Alexander Fleming
An avid reader, an author, an artist, a grandfather and family man, but most of all an ability to inspire. A great orator who never failed to use humour in his speeches, even in the darkest of hours.

He was the lion who roared when the British Empire needed him most.
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Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 10:10 am
by Arnie
Hi Bill and Bob,

couldn't agree more with your sentiments. Instead of the greeting 'Hi' I would have put 'Vigaters Ehnen' (phonetic) Sorry Bill forgot how it is spelt. Same as in other circumstances as signing off with 'Dos vedanya, If Sir Winston had not recognised and named the Iron Curtain and been a stalwart in the first part of the 'Cold War'.

Dos Vedanya.

Arnie :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:06 pm
by Bob_H
Wie geht es ihnen? Dasvidaniya?

Of course when we're speaking Arnie we don't have to spell anything.

The strength of the Soviet Empire in Europe after the war was of course Churchill's greatest disappointment when he failed to have the support of President Roosevelt who, poor chap, was to die six weeks after the Yalta conference, although he did regain some ground on Stalin under Truman at Potsdam.

Bob_H

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:10 pm
by Arnie
Hi Bob

Ta Bob for the spelling lesson.

Guten abend.

Arnie :D :D :D :D :D :D

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 5:45 pm
by singe Powell
Helloooo Bob and Arnie,
I've tried really hard to keep up, but I'm afraid I lost the plot after Bill's post, don't go over it again, I'll live with it!! Singe

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:07 pm
by Bob_H
singe Powell wrote:Helloooo Bob and Arnie,
I've tried really hard to keep up, but I'm afraid I lost the plot after Bill's post, don't go over it again, I'll live with it!! Singe
Go and have a lie down Singe. It works for me :)

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:26 pm
by Bill Bentley
I would not ever attempt to mimic this great person, his own words say it all:

"We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender".

Much of course has be written about Sir Winston Churchill ... here's a link which makes very interesting reading:

http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/b ... wn-hussars

Thanks Bob for those splendid pictures and comments.

Danke Arnie, ich verstehe haargenau, was du sagen wolltest :wink: !
Without my dictonary I would be lost and that's just the English words :lol: .

Oh LION of ENGLAND when shall we see your like again ? (Sorry Jock).

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:52 am
by tigger
Churchill was renoun for many comments in his career some of my favorites are as follows

Sir if I was married to you I would bake you a poison cake (Lady Astor - I think) (Churchill) Madam if I was married to you I would eat it!

A member of Parliment had broken house ettiquette on the last day of sitting and insulted Mr. Churchill.
The speaker called the offende to his office and told him to travell to Chequers and appologize, the next day he travelled to the house, knocked on the door he gave his card to the butler who informed him Mr Churchill was engaged on an urgent matter and would he take a seat in the hallway. The butler then climbed the stairs to the door at the head of the stairs (toilet) knocked , the door opened a little and the butler said there is a gentleman to see you sir, a hand snaked out took the card, the door closed for a moment then opened again.

Churchills voice boomed out in a theatrical manner "Tell the gentleman , he'll have to wait as I can only deal with one Shit at a time !"

Re: Sir Winston Churchill

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:37 pm
by Ged Preston
And was said to him by Lady Nancy Astor, Mister Churchill you are drunk and abusive, to which Winston replied and you are ugly, but in the morning I'll be sober.