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Hot cross buns are a quintessentially British tradition at Easter.They can be eaten warm or split, toasted with butter for breakfast, tea or a snack. No one knows for certain when the tradition began, but in 16th century England, bakers were limited by law to occasions when these special doughs could be made. Good Friday was one; ‘cross buns’ marked this holy day towards the end of the Lenten fast. (U.S.Air Force photo by Senior Airmen Lausanne Morgan) 
British Billy bites into some hot cross buns
I always assumed everyone all over the world ate hot cross buns at Easter, but I discovered that it is a quintessentially British tradition. They are small festive bread buns and you are supposed to restrain yourself until Good Friday before tucking in. However, self control is so often lacking in the more gluttonous amongst us and we seem to have
0 4/04
2012
Resiliency Resources Resiliency tools for life's little challenges
It has been said that trouble or challenge is a tunnel through which we must pass and not a brick wall against which we must break our head.In the current world of high operation tempos, deployments, re-integrations, family-life cycles and permanent change of stations, navigating through the tunnel becomes critical. Common sense would say, and
0 3/27
2012
'Fly tipping' is a criminal activity that can cause serious pollution of the environment, may be a risk to human health and can harm wildlife and farm animals. It spoils our local neighborhood and quality of life, costing landowners and the taxpayer. If waste removed from your home is found to have been “fly-tipped”, you could be liable to prosecution. (Photo courtesy of Dominic Owner, Forest Heath District Council) 
Your waste - your responsibility!
Whether you are getting ready to leave for your next assignment or just spring cleaning, there is no doubt you will find yourself with plenty of waste to dispose of.Sometimes it seems the easiest thing to do is to hire someone to take it all off your hands. However, you need to check carefully that the company you employ is registered. Locally,
0 3/20
2012
In all the excitement, don’t forget to set your clocks forward by one hour March 25, officially the start of British Summer Time. We may be losing an hour, but with extra daylight in the evenings and a long summer ahead, there’s plenty to look forward to after the clocks change. Ask Billy about the things puzzling about about life and culture in the U.K., and if he doesn’t know the answer, he has ways and means of finding out. Feel free to send him any questions, and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out. British Billy welcomes springtime
I love the changing seasons in the U.K., and I especially love spring. My paw pads start to tingle, and my tail twitches with anticipation. So much is happening! The bees are buzzing around the heather, the rabbits and moles are frantic with activity, and the birds are busy impressing each other as they feel the urge to start their little feathered
0 3/20
2012
MOST HOME FIRE DEATHS HAPPEN IN PROPERTIES WITHOUT WORKING SMOKE ALARMS (File Art) A leap toward fire safety
The 48th Civil Engineer Squadron fire prevention office is urging members of the 48th Fighter Wing and their families to make a potentially life-saving move when they set their clocks forward on the weekend of March 25, 2012, by changing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates
0 3/19
2012
Billy the Cat (aka British Billy) lives in Elveden, a local village about ten miles from RAF Lakenheath. Billy has been around a bit. He came from a rescue centre and prefers not to dwell on the past. He is proud of his country and its heritage and counts his friends and family as hailing from all corners of the British Isles. He is proud to be a “moggy”. Many of his American friends and admirers ask Billy about the things puzzling them about life and culture in the U.K., and if he doesn’t know the answer, he has ways and means of finding out. Feel free to send him any questions, and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out.
British Billy celebrates U.K. Mothering Sunday
You call them 'moms' and we call them 'mums', but whatever word we use, they are all our mothers. American Mother's Day is always on the second Sunday in May, but in the U.K., Mother's Day falls on the fourth Sunday in the Christian season of Lent. This year, British Mother's Day - or Mothering Sunday, as we also call it -- is March 18. Since the
0 3/14
2012
The gaiety of an Irish jig is enough to set even my paws a-tapping, and the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, provides anyone of Irish descent with an opportunity to celebrate their Emerald Isle and all its extensive history and culture. March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, would seem to generously invite us all to be Irish for a day, should we so wish.Feel free to send British Billy any questions you have about British life and culture, and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out. British Billy celebrates St. Patrick's Day
(Editor's Note: This is the second in a four-part series Billy will write about the patron saints of Great Britain.)It would seem to be a generally acknowledged fact that the fine folk of Ireland know how to have a good time. The gaiety of an Irish jig is enough to set even my paws a-tapping, and the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, St.
0 3/14
2012
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: New commissary rumors
Question:Recently some of the old housing areas on RAF Lakenheath have had those old houses demolished. These areas by the housing office and the base gym are now large empty areas. Rumor has it that a commissary and BX will be built there. Can you tell us is happening in these areas?Response:Thanks for asking! The AAFES leadership has shown an
0 3/08
2012
March 1, Welsh people across the globe celebrate St. David's Day. Many Welsh people wear one or both of the national emblems of Wales on their lapel on this day to celebrate: the daffodil (a generic Welsh symbol which is in season during March) or the leek (St. David's personal symbol). The other Welsh symbol, Y Ddraig Goch (the Red Dragon, Wales' national flag), will be flown on many more buildings than usual. Feel free to send British Billy any questions about British life and culture, and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out. British Billy celebrates St. David's Day, March 1
(Editor's Note: This is the first in a four part series Billy will write about the patron saints of Great Britain)I know to be considered a saint, you must possess many noble qualities, commit fearless deeds and have at least one miracle to your name. I have many attributes, but I doubt saintliness will ever be one of them. However, even without
0 2/29
2012
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Chief Master Sgt. SaRita Lathan, 48th Fighter Wing command chief, chats with 6-year-old Gabriel Blankenship during the Deployed Spouses Dinner Feb. 15, 2012. The base hosts this special dinner quarterly for the spouses and children to show support and let the families know they're not forgotten while their loved ones are deployed.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lee A. Osberry Jr.) Leading by example
As I reflected on this year's Black History Month theme, Black Women in American Culture & History, I wondered who would be the best person to set the right image.Who better to speak of, than an amazing woman who I know has impacted me not only as a daughter, a wife and a mother, but for all of us as Airmen. The woman I am talking about is Chief
0 2/24
2012
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