Saturday, September 12, 2020
A visit to the Royal Air Force Memorial overlooking the Thames at Runnymede
My Uncle John's name is on this memorial - Pilot Officer John Michael Campbell RAFVR.
His name is on Panel 123. He was killed in 1943.
There are 20,000 names on this memorial - airmen who died for our country in World War II and have no known grave.
Recently our family received some extraordinary news. Uncle John's aeroplane - a Stirling bomber - has been found deep in a lake in Holland where it fell. It was identified by its number...and the crew were identified when Uncle John's silver cigarette case was found, bearing his initials JMC. The Dutch army is now helping to recover the aeroplane, and a local museum honours the crew. The Dutch are grateful to the Royal Air Force for helping to liberate their country from Nazi occupation.
The Queen's words at the opening of the Runnymede memorial in 1953 have never seemed more important. At Runnymede King John signed Magna Carta, establishing the freedoms that British people have treasured down the years.
Saturday, September 05, 2020
They call themselves "Extinction rebellion". But they are not rebelling., merely shrieking out the standard leftwing line on a range of issues, and using militant tactics in attempts to stop healthy debate and if possible to wreck Britain's economy, on the grounds that our industries damage the world's ecological balance.
Meanwhile China mines coal and launches new power stations month by month, and buys up large tracts of land across Africa, establishing ports and transport links on a massive scale, establishing her new empire.
There could be no music - all the restrictions were obeyed. But it was good to get together, in our robes, and to honour St Gregory and be inspired and reminded of our calling as Christians...and the need to re-evangelise our country and to offer the glorious message oi Christ...
We posed for the traditional photograph - robed and masked, a picture for history.