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France, guns from front page to forbidden, armes des premieres pages a la disparition.

Growing up in a small town where two world wars had taken place, not to mention the war of 1870 where Germany overrun Lorraine, guns were part of our everyday life, although kids didn’t have any, which is a good thing. If most mine workers didn’t have any guns either, it wasn’t because it was … Continue reading »

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Poland MS Batory memorabilia for sale, Pologne MS Batory souvenir a vendre

As I mentioned in other posts my family members were hoarders, and if some of the stuff they accumulated went straight to the dump few others findings were treasures. Few month ago I found a plastic bag in a stash inside mother’s closet. When I open it, wrapped up in saran wrap I found some … Continue reading »

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France idiocracy jihadists vs vets, djihadistes contre veterans.

When I got turned down for a disability pension from the French government for an accident that happen in the French Army (back in the days, anybody who was born in the country was drafted regardless of nationality) I got mad but I knew there wasn’t anything I could do to make the machine move and … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, the war years continued grandir a Piennes les annees de guerre 5

When WW1 begun in 1914, Poland didn’t really exist, it was split between the Russian Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire. If my paternal Grandpa found himself immediately enrolled on the Germanic side, the other was on the Russian side. And yet he found himself prisoner of war of the Bolsheviks. Go figure. Was he forcefully enrolled … Continue reading »

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Back to Walden, a healthy(ier) living, Retour a Walden, un mode de vie (plus) sain

OK I lied, I can not return to Walden as I never went to it in the first place. What I know of Thoreau comes from reading his books, mainly “Civil Disobedience” and of course “Walden” but of course the two are linked. Moving to Walden was for Thoreau the beginning of civil disobedience. Also, … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, the war years continued grandir a Piennes les annees de guerre 4

War years weren’t rosy even for this area.  Although protected from bombs and real physical abuses by the German High Command, many young boys without jobs ended in STO, Service du Travail Obligatoire aka forced labor camp.  One of my Grandparents’ neighbor, a miner’s widow, hid her two sons in a hole she dug in … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, Radio Caroline the making of a rebel, Grandir a Piennes la creation d’un rebelle

Recently I decided to sell stuff  on Ebay.com rather than use the French counterpart.  At the end of every description I wrote about “Growing up in Piennes Lorraine” which is a way of explaining  buyers who I was.  One day I received a question to buyer and to my surprise it was from a gentleman living … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, the war years continued grandir a Piennes les annees de guerre 3

What make people changes, make him communist one day fascist the next. If the majority of Italians who moved to the States were ordinary folks looking for work and freedom to do so, if some made it to the Front page of national media for unfortunate reasons, the majority just wanted to make it by … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, the war years continued grandir a Piennes les annees de guerre 3

Had not been for French cops and all the food restrictions like in the rest of the country, life in Piennes was almost normal, lots of work, and in Grandpa’s case listening to de Gaulle speaking on the BBC at night, shades over the windows in room lit by a candle, one of the kids … Continue reading »

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Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, the war years continued grandir a Piennes les annees de guerre 2

In the last post I mentioned the Germans were older vets who had served during one war already and weren’t really into serving a second sentence. I know in movies we see those guys pushing French folks (and other nationalities also) with the butts of their riffles. But not in Piennes. Not in the area … Continue reading »

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