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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
Conkers are hard brown nuts found in a prickly case that fall from the horse chestnut tree when ripe. A playground favourite in the U.K. for as long as there have been playgrounds and horse chestnut trees, conkers were introduced into Britain in the 1600s. The first recorded game of conkers dates back to 1848 on the Isle of Wight. The origin of the name 'conker' is unclear but it's believed that it comes from the French word 'cogner' meaning to hit. ( Photo by A1C Perry Aston) British Billy pounces into Autumn
 It has come to my attention that some of you are unhappy about the shortening daylight hours. Sept. 23 was the autumnal equinox but instead of heralding brisk winds, lowering clouds and a drop in temperature, we were all treated to a final flurry of summer sunshine with records being set across England. Unfortunately not all the U.K. was as lucky,
0 10/07
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Designated parking problem
COMPLAINT:It has come to my attention this past week that there have been several cars that have been towed from various locations around the base. We had an email request telling us that we had to have cars removed from our parking lot or they would be towed. I was under the impression that the only designated parking spots were marked with
0 10/06
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Housing Office frustrations
 COMPLAINT:No offense, but the housing office really needs to lay off a little. I received a notice to put my trash bins back in their proper place the day after their collection. I have a nine month old child and my husband is deployed. I'm sorry if my life gets a little busy sometimes, and I can't put the trash bins back where they belong right
0 10/05
2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England Airmen run a 5k ending at the softball field to kick-off Wing Sports Day on April 29, 2011. The day offered a multitude of sporting events to include soccer, softball and sumo-wrestling to raise money for the Top 3. The Top 3 is an organization that funds several events on the base throughout the year, varying from awards banquets to induction ceremonies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tiffany M. Deuel) Action Line: PT test problems
QUESTION:My husband has struggled with physical fitness his whole career. Recently, he had a bad run of things and accumulated four fails in a row. He was told that since he had four fails, that there was a very good chance he would get separated. He began a rigorous exercise program, modified his eating, and put together a package of
0 9/16
2011
The AtHoc network warning system is another way for base personnel to receive information.  AtHoc is the purple icon in the lower right-hand corner of your desktop computer.  When Liberty Warriors enter their personal "My Info" and "Devices" contact information, they will be capable of receiving phone calls and emails to their personal accounts in addition to desktop alert messages. AtHoc keeps Liberty Warriors in the know
It is 5:15 a.m. You look out your window, and the fog is so thick you can't see your vehicle parked on the end of your driveway. Then you wonder, "Do I need to get up so I can get in a workout and make it to that 7:30 a.m. office meeting, or is there going to be delayed reporting for base personnel?" Then you remember you entered your personal
0 9/15
2011
In their heyday, there were many pleasure piers across England and Wales. These were found in most fashionable seaside resorts during the Victorian era . Southwold Pier was built in 1900 and has endured many storms in its lifetime. Pleasure piers can often be found at British seaside resorts with amusements and entertainments on them. (U.S.Air Force photo by Senior Airman David Dobrydney) British Billy enjoys the Great British Seaside Holiday
In case anyone failed to notice, August was a bit of an anticlimax, weather-wise. Even those of us who have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to the British weather felt a bit short-changed as we emerged from the coldest summer since 1993, according to British Met Office figures. Poor Scotland had more than its fair share of heavy rain
0 9/02
2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England - Col. John Quintas, 48th Fighter Wing commander, signs the Suicide Prevention Week proclamation Sept. 1, 2011. This proclamation recognizes suicide as an Air Force-wide public health problem, suicide prevention as an Air Force responsibility and designates Sept. 4 through 10 as Suicide Prevention Week at RAF Lakenheath. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Connor Estes)
Changing the Legacy of Suicide
As September begins and our attention turns from the joys of summer to upcoming fall activities, I want you to take a moment to think about your mental health.Are you taking account and addressing your stressors in a healthy, solution-focused manner? This means getting adequate sleep, eating healthy, exercising, avoiding mood altering substances,
0 9/02
2011
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