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post #131 of 136 Old 02-22-2012, 01:55 PM
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The reason why the students travelled across the Atlantic was because there wasn't enough safe airspace for the students to learn to fly in. The training would have been given by RAF pilots who had been stood down from active duty. In sailing across the Atlantic the ships carrying the students were at risk of being sunk by U-Boats.

The reference to a high death toll, was more to do with the high losses sustained by Bomber Command during WW2 - not thru poor training - but because of the increasing competence by the German Ack Ack in shooting down planes. Statistically the new pilots had weeks to live, once classified as 'occupational'.

In effect I made a 'quip' - perhaps classifiable as sarcasm - even innuendo, maybe 'double entendre'. But it misfired as often this style of writing will do, if the humour is not shared. Not that there is anything humourus about WW2 or WW1 or indeed war at all.
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Rosie, do be aware that it is very likely that tresspass laws in Canada will be significantly different than those of the UK. And also be aware that those laws will likely vary to some degree from one province to the next.
Oh, don't worry, I won't be pushing my luck by riding where I'm not invited! Round where I am now you're likely to be threatened with a shotgun if you stray off the bridleway. Which, by the way, I would never do because I am a very law-abiding type of girlie

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In effect I made a 'quip' - perhaps classifiable as sarcasm - even innuendo, maybe 'double entendre'. But it misfired as often this style of writing will do, if the humour is not shared.
See, now you're making assumptions. I knew what you were doing, which is why I 'quipped' back at you about the trainers and trainees.

I presumed if I answered in kind you'd 'get it'. You didn't. So the humor barrier doesn't just go one way.

Sarcasm needs to be fairly broad in the written word, in my opinion. It can be difficult to understand intent unless it's spoken and one can see visual cues, and hear voice inflections.
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Speedie. Point taken.

Maybe now we have a clue as to how a horse feels.
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During the war my maternal Grandmother told me that she had two American Airmen stay with her for a coupe of months.
They had come over and joined the RAF before the US came into the war. One was a bomber pilot and the other a navigator and they had been shot down over either Holland or Belgium and finally got back to England via the Resistance. Both had been injured and were recuperating from their injuries.

Gran was an avid wine maker and these two discovered a cache of wines in the cellar. They were allowed to take what they wanted and they did! The parsnip wine evidently tasted rather like a good Scotch whisky which is what they were selling it as in Portsmouth. When they asked Gran to make more she said she couldn't because of rationing and no sugar. A couple of days later there was a hundredweight of sugar at the backdoor.
These lads could get anything it seemed, and the house and guests ate well. It was nothing for a leg of lamb or pork to be found in the cold store and no one ever admitted to how it got there!

Things must have gone a bit to far because the house was raided by the M.Ps. Not a thing was found that should not have been there. Gran knew what was going on but never realised just how much. These to had to report back and before they left they told Gran to go into the neighbours attic. They had been stashing their loot in the neighbours attic which involved putting a plank across the gap between the houses and crawling over the 15 feet, As the house was four stories there was a fair drop.

Both survived the war and returned to the USA and both kept in contact with Gran for many years.
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Lovely story.
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