Monday, July 24, 2017

Operation Dynamo - 'Dunkirk'

I have always said that history is very important. There wouldn't be a today if it wasn't for yesterday and all of those brave people who lost their lives during the WW2 and during 'Operation Dynamo.'

This evening I went to watch the film 'Dunkirk' .....What a fabulous ffim!

The film told the story of true events which took place during the Dunkirk evacuation, code named 'Operation Dynamo' AKA the Miracle of Dunkirk.

The film starred Kenneth Branagh,  Fiennes Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Callan Murphy, Jack Lowden and Mark Ryland.

The film is set in May 1940 when Germany advanced into France and the allied troops were trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Troops were slowly evacuated using every navel and civilian vessel that could be found. 333,000 soldiers were safely evacuated.

Spitfire aircraft joined the aerial battle in Dunkirk.

Winston Churchill called the events in France 'A colossal military disaster' saying "the whole root and core and brain of the British Army had been stranded at Dunkirk and seemed about to perish or be captured. In his speech, he hailed the rescue as a " Miracle of Deliverance"

3,500 British soldiers lost their lives.

The film was wonderful. Definitely one to go  and see. :)

P's When I saw the letter LC written on the side of the Spitfire, I immediately though about my daughters Catherine and Lauren.  😀


SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I Can Only Speak English

*Tuts* Asking me to like something I do not understand completely, is asking too much. I have never learnt another language apart from schoolgirl French. I can only speak English fluently. :)

I would never live in another country whereby English was not the main spoken language. I would not expect people to understand me when I am visiting abroad, but I would expect them to be hospitable and helpful, particularly if there is a language barrier during my short visit to their country. I am not planning on permanently living anywhere that does not speak English as the main language, however I can embrace someone else's culture etc during my visit/when I am in their country.

I have lived abroad in Cyprus for 3 years, as a child. I made friends during my stay.  I learnt a little of the Cypriot language, but not enough as I had no plans to live in a non English speaking country. My Father was only based there temporarily with the RAF. I respected the Cyprus people/Cypriots and their culture during my stay. They are indeed such lovely people. I have since visited friends who live there. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wimbledon :(

Oh no! So sorry to see him out! An injury may cause #AndyMurray to take a break after losing a five-set battle to Sam Querry.:

SmileyRoseFrances x

Antarctic Iceberg and Climate Change

The UK needs to urgently tackle climate change after the recent Antarctic iceberg, the size of Wales and four times the size of London, splits from ice shelf.

Scientists say the iceberg would not have an effect on global sea levels as it was already floating on water.

Click Here
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/28/science/what-is-climate-change.html



SmileyRoseFrances x

More Breaking News- GP's To Take Part In A Ballot

Some More Breaking news - GP's are to take part in a ballot later on this year. They are considering stopping the registration of all new patients. About 23,000  GP' s in England are to take part in the ballot. It could see them collectively suspending all new registrations. People moving area/home could be left without a GP.
If all in favour, a second ballot will take place and it will determine if closures will go ahead.

These drastic measures are said to be necessary to defend patient
Safety, morale and health. The increase arose after mounting pressure on the GP Surgeries  re mounting workloads and patients requiring double slots for their appointments, if they do not speak the English language, because they need to allow the extra time for interpreters etc.

In the mean time, GP's in Northern Ireland are carrying out a ballot over whether or not to resign from the NHS and consider charging for appointments.

Click here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4524240/GPs-threaten-stop-taking-new-patients-protest.html


SmileyRoseFrances x

Pig Skin Bra

Apparently, there is a new breast reconstruction procedure called Braxon. It is for women who choose to have reconstruction after having a mastectomy.  The procedure entails a mesh made up of specially treated pig skin, like an internal bra, to hold the silicone implants in place. It helps to give women a more natural look after having a mastectomy. It can be modelled into a natural breast shape and it integrates well inside the human body.

Another medical breakthrough. ☺

SmileyRoseFrances x

Finger Prick Test For Stroke Patients

Some more breaking news. Apparently,  there is a new finger prick test which could help to save a Stroke patient's life by cutting diagnosis time to under 5 minutes. A simple drop of blood entered onto a reader, detects purine levels within minutes. This can help identify an acute brain injury and help to save someones life.

As some of you may already  know, my late Father was a stroke patient. I am so pleased to hear this news. :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

Breaking news:

Breaking news: A meningitis vaccine could help combat sexual disease and protect you from gonorrhoea.

SmileyRoseFrances x

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SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Board Games :)

I have just read an article in today's Daily Mail re how families are returning to playing board games and completing jigsaw puzzles. Board games seemed to die down for a while, with more and more youngsters favouring Computer games instead.☺

Personally speaking, I love playing Scrabble, Monopoly and Trivial Persuit,  however as a child I had hours of fun playing card games ie; Patience, Mouse Trap, Connect 4, Twister and Buckeroo. I also loved to play dice games, such as Ludo, Snakes and Ladders and Frustration.  I was very fond of playing Draghts with my cousin, who believed strategy was the only way to win! In more recent years, I have played Who Wants to be a Millionaire with a friend;) .☺

My grandmother was very fond of card games. We spent many hours playing cards together, when I was a child.  There was a fabulous board game I remember, called Carroms. I remember playing it with my Father, uncle and cousins. It was a favourite game. The board game originated from India. :)

When I eventually had children of my own, I encouraged them to play lots of board games too. It didn't do them any harm :)

My thoughts on the subject: I think playing board games are a great way of interacting together, as family. It's fun too. The only disadvantage is losing! Lol I am a bad loser. 😅



SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, July 10, 2017

An English Accent


There are a lot of folk who can speak the English language, who all live in England, however not everyone has an English accent. ☺

I have an English accent, some people call it RP,  Received Pronunciation, it's the accent of Standard English and it used to be commonly used in mostly the Southern part of England. The English language is the language I was taught as a young child, by both of my parents. I was born in 1961. ☺

There are also regional accents around England. Depending upon where you grow up, you are likely to have a regional accent. This is still typically known as having an English accent. :)

Again, there is also a diifference in accents across the United Kingdom as a whole. You can often tell the difference between the English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents.

SmileyRoseFrances x

"The Last Word"

The Last Word

I simply loved this film. A very touching film which stars the brilliant actress #ShirleyMacLaine and #AmandaSeyfried. :)

Spoiler Alert

The film tells the story of a wealthy business lady named Harriet, who hires a young writer, Anne, to write her obituary. Her expectations of having a great obituary written about her soon fade when she learns that not many people actually have a good word to say about her. She trys to reshape her life, with the help of Anne. The two women strike up a strong bond together. Anne encourages Harriet to change her legacy  so that she is remembered and at the same time, Harriet encourages Anne to take a good look at reshaping own future as a writer.

I found the film very touching and funny. ☺

SmileyRoseFrances x