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Happy Hogmanay! Hogmanay is a Scottish celebration held every New Year's Eve. Celebrations start in the early evening and minutes before the New Year, a lone piper plays, then the bells of Big Ben chime at midnight; afterwards, everyone joins hands and sings 'Auld Lang Syne'
British Billy's Happy Hogmanay
As the other Alpha male in our happy homestead happens to be a proud Scotsman, my whiskers are already bristling with anticipation as the New Year approaches. The Scots have always preferred to postpone their seasonal celebrations for a few days to welcome in the New Year, an occasion the Scots call 'Hogmanay'.At Hogmanay, the Scottish reputation
0 12/30
2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England ? Staff Sgt. Nathan Santiago, 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 16 Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor, describes the engine of a munitions handling truck to Airman 1st Class Ashley Cory, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron AGE apprentice, Dec. 29, 2011. Detachment 16 is responsible for the training of more than 2,000 48th Fighter Wing aircraft maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney) What it means to be a wingman
All of us have at one time needed help. Maybe our car has broken down and we are left on the side of the road wondering what the next step will be. We sit there and watch people as they drive by us in our weakened state, lost in their own worlds, and wonder to ourselves why nobody stops to simply ask us if they can help.Finally, somebody does stop,
0 12/29
2011
Default Air Force Logo The dos and don'ts of the political season
With the excitement of the presidential primaries lurking around the corner, there are a few things Airmen must remember during this upcoming political season.When you joined the military or became a federal employee, you did so with the knowledge that this decision came with some sacrifice.Everyone is encouraged to register to vote, research
0 12/22
2011
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
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2011
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