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British Billy would like to wish all his friends and admirers a very Happy Christmas. Sample the delights of a traditional British Christmas by pulling Christmas crackers, eating mince pies and Christmas pudding and sitting down on Christmas afternoon to listen to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast. Feel free to send Billy any questions you have about life in the U.K., and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out. British Billy's Merry Christmas
There is so much to chase around at this time of year - tinsel, tree decorations, pine cones and the odd vagrant mouse. I love Christmas. I can curl up by a log fire or in a box of wrapping paper and delight in rodent-filled dreams.As you prepare to spend your Christmas in the U.K., no doubt you will want reminders of Christmases at home to make
0 12/19
2011
British Billy has been restricted to quarters much of the time during the recent snowy weather in the U.K., apart from the odd trot around the garden to check all is in order, and then a hasty retreat back through the cat flap. He has had to gaze at the garden birds from the upstairs windows. Billy the Cat (aka British Billy) lives in Elveden, a local village about ten miles from RAF Lakenheath. 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.(Photo by Suzanne Harper) British Billy's Great Britons: Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870
It's turned a bit chilly, hasn't it? My family in Scotland is already experiencing their first snowfalls of the winter, and the sight of flurries of snowflakes never fails to stir the festive feline within me.Apparently this is largely due to Mr. Charles Dickens, the quintessential Victorian author whose epic stories and vivid characters are
0 12/09
2011
As holiday traditions go, there is little that makes me feel more festive than a good old traditional pantomime, or ‘panto’. As the chill winds ruffle my whiskers and the frost nips my nose, panto brings warmth, laughter and fun to the winter season. A good family pantomime can generally be found at a theatre in most towns and cities of the U.K., and we are blessed in this region with some of the finest. British Billy and the Great British Panto
However you plan to celebrate the Christmas season this year, let me recommend you book yourself a seat at one of the many pantomimes, or pantos as we like to call them here in the UK, which will be taking place at theatres and town and village halls up and down this land from now until January. It's hard to really encapsulate the panto experience
0 11/30
2011
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 St. Andrew's Day, Nov. 30
(Editor's Note: This is the fourth in a four-part series Billy will write about the patron saints of Great Britain.)As we near the end of another year, it is Scotland's patron saint, St. Andrew, who cheers us with his feast day on Nov. 30. The Scots are renowned around the world for their proud heritage and noble traditions. St. Andrew's Day is
0 11/21
2011
F-86 Sabre (color), Illustration by Bob Engle A visit to Bentwaters Cold War Museum
I recently visited the Bentwaters Cold War Museum at the invitation of its curators, the Bentwaters Aviation Society.September was the 60th anniversary of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, a unit that was instrumental in winning the Cold War. With six operational squadrons on both RAFs Bentwaters and Woodbridge, it was the largest fighter wing in
0 11/15
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Youth Center noise complaint
COMPLAINT:I am currently living in Liberty Village near the AYA. The last few weeks on Friday nights the AYA has hosted some kind of a babysitting night. While I understand the importance of keeping kids off the streets, the noise coming from the AYA is out of hand. I have young kids that are repeatedly waken up after 10:30 on these night. I don't
0 11/14
2011
A martini shaker pouring alcohol into a broken glass with the alcohol splattering onto two wrecked vehicles, illustrating the consequences of DUI in this story. (composite illustration by Sammie W. King) Have a plan and a wingman
As we enter the holiday season I wanted to share a message of safety and making responsible decisions. A message that we all hear time and time again but it continues to be an epidemic in our society.The holiday season is one of the deadliest times of the year for alcohol-related crashes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that each year
0 11/14
2011
The wearing of poppies is a proud tradition in the U.K.. Today the artificial poppies are made at the Poppy Factory in Surrey, England and Remembrance Sunday is the culmination of a year's effort to make 38 million Remembrance poppies, 5 million Remembrance petals, 900,000 crosses and 100,000 wreaths. A team of 50 people , most of them disabled and ex-servicemen and women, work all year round. They also make wreaths laid by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. (US Air Force photo y Airman 1st Class Eboni Knox)
Remembrance Sunday and the British Legion Poppy
At the eleventh hour on Nov. 11, we will mark 93 years since the end of The Great War. In the U.S., it is called Veterans Day, in the U.K., it is known as Remembrance Day, Armistice Day or Poppy Day. Beginning in 1939, at the start of World War II, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to Nov. 11 so as not to interfere with wartime
0 11/07
2011
Bonfire Night is a great British tradition. As neighbourhoods and communities build bonfires in gardens and playing fields, they are commemorating the survival of King James I after the foiling of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Bonfires will be aflame and fireworks aglow, whizzing and exploding across the November skies. (US Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan)
British Billy explains Bonfire Night, Nov. 5
Although I am quite the party animal, I'm not a huge fan of fireworks. Those of us in the animal kingdom blessed with acute auditory gifts will not thank you if we have to endure startling explosions and high pitched squeals. As Bonfire Night approaches here in the U.K., I plan to spend the next few evenings indoors, furry paws over my delicate
0 11/03
2011
British Summer Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. All the clocks, including London’s Big Ben, will be moved back an hour, and the U.K. will glide silently to 1 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. In our house, the clocks are usually turned back before going to bed Saturday night so that everyone can snooze seamlessly through the extra hour. (US Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan) British Billy remembers to turn the clock back
There's going to be an extra hour for you all to enjoy on Sunday, Oct. 30, and I am already trying to decide whether it would be best spent sleeping, eating or hunting. Truth be told, it makes little difference to me. I live in the moment and refuse to be a slave to the ticking hands of time.British Summer Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. All
0 10/28
2011
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