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Author of Burnt Vengeance
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The latest pet portrait by the talented Mrs B. She paints using acrylic and the canvas is ready to hang on the wall. This one cost the proud owner just £60. See more examples of Karla’s work at karlascreativecapers.co.uk
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The Compassionate Friends provide support to anyone who has lost a child, sibling or grandchild. They offer a range of help for bereaved families which includes local support, a helpline, supportive closed Facebook pages and a community forum. They also hold retreats throughout the year where you can meet other siblings/parents/grandparents and immerse yourself in the comfort and warmth of a dedicated team of bereaved parent supporters. These include organised talks and discussions and a range of activities including crafts and writing.
www.tcf.org.uk
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and grandads who cherish and love their children and grandchildren unconditionally, play with them, dad dance away without a care, embarrass them, give advice, are the Bank of Daddy and are there in the good times and the bad. Have a great day!
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My dear wife and fellow ex-QA, Karla with a Yeomen of the Guard at last Thursday’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party for The Not Forgotten Association. The QARANC Association received ten invites and being registered disabled, she kindly received one of the invites.
Karla was an army nurse from 1987 to 1993 and was in the same student nurse group as our current Chief Nursing Officer, Colonel Alison McCourt! They trained at the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich and at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.
The Garden Party was for The Not Forgotten Association who help bring fun and entertainment to ex-servicemen and women, as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are wounded or disabled. Karla has Rheumatoid Arthritis, which affects most of her joints. I was also able to attend as her carer; my first experience of being a husband-of!
There were over 2500 serving military and veterans along with carers and escorts.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, was in attendance as she is the Patron of the NFA. It was so lovely to be so close to her and see her talk away to fellow veterans and war pensioners. Though we were unable to be introduced to her, we did have a gentle walk along the Queen’s private lake and gardens. Here we got up so close to geese teaching their goslings to eat the grass, moorhens and coots. The Queen has the most-gentle of waterfalls cascading into her lake through a series of beautiful stone steps.
We were delighted to meet Stephen from Channel 4 Gogglebox and have a cheeky photo and brief chat with him. Other celebrities in attendance were Wayne Sleep and Alfie Boe, who sings so beautifully at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall, most years.
The Band of the Royal Marines played throughout the afternoon whilst we enjoyed the most delicious sandwiches and cakes with our afternoon tea. Her Majesty certainly knows how to look after her troops, because soon after these had been enjoyed, then generous helpings of strawberries and cream was served along with refreshing lemon cordials. A tame grey squirrel joined us and went from table to table looking for a treat.
We were able to meet members of the Yeomen of the Guard and met the lovely gentleman in the photo, who served in the army for over 25 years, serving in every rank from Private through to Regimental Sergeant Major and then commissioning to Captain. He now has the privilege of guarding Her Majesty and her family.
The afternoon was finished by a parade by the Royal Marines band with some rousing renditions of Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy themes, before HRH took the salute.
Though stairs are painful to climb, Karla. like many veterans, including those recently disabled in Afghanistan and Iraq, through to World War Two heroes, were helped up the stairs so that we could exit through the Grand Hall. This was worth the pain to see the plush gilded surroundings that the Royal Family enjoy.
Though her nursing and army days are long behind her, Karla now work as an artist, specialising in pet portrait and paintings of cap badges along with name, rank, regimental number and years of service to provide a lasting keep-sake for fellow veterans. Her website is www.karlascreativecapers.co.uk
We’d like to thank any readers who have donated or fundraised for www.nfassociation.org/ and for giving these veteran army nurses a day to remember. If, like Karla, you have a disability, then why not apply for a place in next years Garden Party. It’s a day to remember!


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“The token sprang out like the coin reward at a noisy, flashing seaside amusement arcade, only this was no highly regarded prize.”

An insight into my next novel, a non-Scott story, can you make a guess at what I’m writing?
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Thank you Angela for the wonderful review of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital.

“This book is not so much a ghost story but an exploration of nursing techniques in World War I and the modern day. Clearly written by someone who has first-hand experience, there are no punches pulled in the descriptions of warfare and the carnage it creates.
In the current day, Scott is a medic and returning to work after convalescence. He has just moved into a flat with his fiancé Naomi. These flats are a conversion of an ex-military hospital and the titular Grey Lady Ghost roams the building.
There was a point where I thought the book was going to walk down the horror route but thankfully it didn't. The Grey Lady only gets seriously spooky when angered - her aim is to show Scott the truth of her death, the horrors of World War I and to help him deal with his loss.
This would undoubtedly interest anyone with an interest in the military and warfare but there is also a poignant pair of love stories within its pages. This gives it a broad appeal.
There's a cracker of a tale within these pages.”

http://www.cgbuswell.com/The-Grey-Lady-Ghost-of-the-Cambridge-Military-Hospital-Novel.php
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Life is a blank photo frame waiting for you to fill it with happy memories. Get off your phones and tablets and go away and make them, have conversations, be happy and delightful and have fun. Embrace life and fill many photo frames.
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May I please ask a favour from you, dear reader. It’ll only take a second:

Bravehound is a charity close to my heart and matches specially trained dogs to veterans with PTSD. They need your free help to vote in the National Lottery People’s Project at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/bravehound-taking-the-lead where you simply select the project, click through to vote and give your e-mail so that they can verify you.

With your help Bravehound hopes to create a permanent exhibition on the role of military dogs from their base at Esrkine House. They would like the exhibition to inspire members of the local community to become supporters or volunteers and to encourage more veterans to come forward to request help. The group will also organise regular events for locals including dog shows and coffee mornings.

www.bravehound.co.uk

Thank you!

Chris
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So mortals, you think you have survived Friday the 13th…think again humans...I still have time…
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