Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn 3:31pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in News 1 TWO events in Blackburn with Darwen will highlight the contribution of the Indian British Army in the First and Second World Wars. Shared Histories will give residents an opport-unity to learn about the role of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers in the two conflicts. It is an entertaining educational programme which looks at the role played by the ancestors of Britain s African, Caribb-ean, Bengali, Indian and Pakistani communities during the world wars.
Including a high-resolution slideshow, arch-ive film footage, de-act- ivated weapons, ordnance and uniforms, the event will seek to recreate the hardship, bravery and suffering of soldiers in a classroom setting. The first event takes place on Thursday at Blackburn Central High School, while the second, on March 12, is at Darwen Aldridge Community Aca-demy. Council neighbourhoods boss Arshid Mahmood said: This is a fantastic event which provides an opportunity for residents to learn about those who served in the British Indian Army during both world wars, the part that they played and the conditions they had to endure.
Coming together as a community to take part in such an event is really important, and I urge as many as possible to take part. Borough armed forces champion Trevor Maxfield said: In the year of the anniversary of World War One, this type of event, which gives the opportunity to really get an impression of what it was like to be involved in this conflict, gives us an opportunity to remember what was sacrificed. I hope as many as possible attend this and other events during this centenary year, to learn more about what it was really like to be part of such a terrible conflict, and to make sure it is remembered for years to come.
Both events have registration and refresh-ments at 5.30pm, with a 6pm start. They are part of borough commemorations of the outbreak of the First Word War. The sessions are free but registration is essential for catering.
To register, contact Amanda Grimshaw on 01254 222154 or Amanda.
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Published time: March 06, 2014 05:39 Soldiers of the British Army (Reuters/Nigel Roddis) A British army commander has penned a letter to his troops and officers, in which he vents his displeasure at slovenly manners, a lack of respect and a general want of behavior worthy of a gentleman. In the three-page letter, Major General Cowan unleashed an attack on the frankly barbaric eating techniques used by his soldiers and officers and that a gentleman and a lady use a knife and fork. Cowan is in charge of the third UK Division of 20,000 soldiers and 2,500 officers, mostly based at Bulford in southern England.
He addressed the letter to chaps, a familiar term used by the English upper classes. Quite a few officers in the divisional mess seem to be under the illusion that they can eat their food with their hands. The practice of serving rolls and sandwiches must stop, Cowan writes.
He also suggests that respect between the ranks is slipping and that junior officers don t have much to say for themselves. Ten years ago, officers would stand up when the commanding officer walked into the room. This doesn t happen anymore.
I expect a junior officer to make an effort at conversation. Start by introducing yourself and talk on any civilized subject outside work , he recalled. In other tips on acceptable etiquette for soldiers, he advises that holding either a knife or fork like a pen is unacceptable.
Traditionally in Britain, although mainly in England, it is only the lower classes that hold their knives like a pen, which can often raise a disapproving eyebrow from the more enlightened at the dinner table. If at a dinner party, Cowan is quite clear that a husband and wife should not sit next to each other, as this displays a marked degree of insecurity. On the subject of conversation at dinner, he was equally disapproving.
A good party relies on good conversation. This requires you to come prepared to be free, funny and entertaining. Thank-you letters are an art form, not a chore.
It is generally considered better manners if the spouse is the person who writes , Cowan advises. The Major General was also disparaging about the state of his juniors grammar and writing techniques, advising against abbreviations and advocating simple, engaging language. In common with officialdom the world over, military writers love to use pompous words over simpler language.
Combined with underlining and italics, the wanton use of capitals, abbreviations and acronyms assault the eye and leaves the reader exhausted, he says.
A spokesman for the army insisted that the three-page note was light-hearted and meant to be taken as a bit of fun.
Cowan s remarks are likely to be welcomed by traditionalists in the British army, which is based on a centuries-old regimental system, which they say has been weakened by recent government spending cuts on defense.
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Mayor says there’s fundamental questions that need to be answered before serious discussions begin on expanding Soldier Field. Time Lapse: Soldier Field Gets Blackhawks Ice Crews turn Soldier Field grass into Blackhawks ice for Saturday’s Hawks-Penguins Stadium Series game in Chicago. Tune in at 6 p.m.
Saturday on NBC 5. Time-lapse video courtesy NHL.com. More Photos and Videos 1 Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cautioning people not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the expansion of Soldier Field.
The Chicago Park District and Emanuel are exploring ways to expand Soldier Field by 5,000 seats, but on Wednesday, the mayor said it’s too early to talk about how to pay for it. “Before you get to how you pay for something, I’m asking a more fundamental question. Does it make sense?” Emanuel said at a news conference. “If it does make sense, I didn’t say how we were going to finance it, that’s a whole other question. We’re not going to get there yet because there’s a primary question before you get to that.” Emanuel says events like international soccer games, and outdoor NHL and college hockey games weren’t factored into the equation when the stadium was last renovated. “We never envisioned that, and it’s a clear revenue generator for the city and for the Park District,” Emanuel said.
Adding extra seats to the top ring of the stadium is one way an expansion could occur. Emanuel has spoken to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the past about the possibility of Chicago hosting a Super Bowl, which would need a minimum of 70,000 seats. Ald.
Scott Waugespack (32nd) doesn’t think that will happen. “That’s a pretty far stretch for the people at the NFL who would have to look at this. They’re not just going to look at the seating capacity, they’re going to look at a lot of other factors,” Waugespack said. Other alderman are also interested, but at the same time, cautious. “The details will awfully important to me.
If it involves any sort of taxpayer-funded subsidy, that’s probably where you’d lose my support,” 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly said. Soldier Field currently has a capacity of 61,500 for football and 63,500 for other events.
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