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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 and the Royal Family: Prince Philip
I am asked many questions on the topic of the British royal family, and usually when I answer one, it just leads to another. One of my American friends had been watching the recent royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as William and Catherine, and noticed a spritely, elderly gentleman, magnificently attired in formal
0 6/02
2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Photo of Sgt. James A. Ward, the first New Zealander awarded the Victoria Cross; the British equivalent of the Medal of Honor. Sergeant Ward was stationed at RAF Feltwell with the Royal New Zealand Air Force No. 75 Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the medal for his heroic actions on July 7, 1941, when his Wellington bomber caught fire from an enemy attack. (Courtesy photo) RAF Feltwell Community Activity Center renamed after WWII hero
As American Airmen, we are "faithful to a proud heritage." Our heritage is not solely bound to, or strictly rooted in, our own country's history. One remarkable feature about being stationed at RAF Feltwell is learning the multi-national role the base served during World War II. On May 14 2011, Friends of the No. 75 New Zealand Squadron
0 5/18
2011
RAF LAKENHEATH, England -- Eva Clarke, a Holocaust survivor, chats with Col. Bill Lewis, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander, at the Holocaust Remembrance Week luncheon May 6, 2011. Mrs. Clarke, whose parents were kept prisoner in concentration camps during the war, solely because they were Jewish, spoke at the luncheon as part of the Holocaust Remembrance Week events. She was born on the back of a coal truck, three days before the U.S. Army liberated the camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Karen Abeyasekere) Doughnuts, milk and an untold story ... Holocaust survivor shares her mother’s experiences of courage and perseverance during horrors of war
Eva Clark was born during the Holocaust to Jewish parents who were kept as prisoners-of-war in Terezin (called 'Theresienstadt' by the Germans), in the former Czech Republic. Eva visited RAF Mildenhall in 2008, during Holocaust Remembrance Week, to share her mother's experiences throughout that time. Three years later, she visited RAF Lakenheath to
0 5/10
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 Eurovision
One of the many great things about being in Britain is that we are so close to mainland  Europe. Some might beg to differ, and there is much disagreement about how close we should be to our European chums politically and financially. All this aside, I think there's a lot to be said in favour of having so many vastly different communities, languages
0 5/10
2011
St. George is the patron saint of England, and April 23 is St. George’s Day. St. George’s emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and forms part of the British flag. Feel free to send British Billy any questions you may 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. George's Day
My mission in life is to guard and protect my territory, and I am proud to say that last week I was able to vanquish a nine-inch rat and leave its sorry carcass at the back door for my nearest and dearest to find. Imagine their delight! It may not be in the league of St. George and his defeat of the dastardly dragon, but I think it is fairly
0 4/20
2011
'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 your home for your next assignment or just giving your house a thorough clean, there is no doubt you will find yourself with plenty of waste to dispose of. When we were children and our parents told us to tidy our rooms, it was tempting to just sweep it all under the bed or pile it into the closet but, in
0 4/15
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Parking issues in base housing
COMPLAINT:Motorists are parking on Thunderbird Way in base housing to use the skate park located across the street. It is not uncommon to have one or several of the guest/visitor spots taken by individuals using the park and who are not guests of our residents. We have 19 units and 36 parking spots (less than two per unit). After duty hours and on
0 4/07
2011
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 Airman 1st Class Lausanne Morgan)
British Billy tastes some hot cross buns
I had always assumed everyone all over the world eats hot cross buns at Easter, but I have 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
0 4/07
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Broken boiler at the base launderette
COMPLAINT:It has been a month since the second boiler at the base laundry facility finally quit working. Talking to an employee, I was told that CE had failed to repair the first boiler when it broke last year, and so the remaining one had been left to do the work of two which has resulted in it now breaking down. I was also told that it was
0 4/01
2011
Earth Week is a week of events to include educational displays, clean-up projects and other activities which highlight conservation, preservation and protection of our natural environment.

Earth Day 2011 is April 22 and marks the culmination of Earth Week.

This year's Air Force Earth Day theme is:
"Conserve today.  Secure tomorrow."  (Air Force Graphic/ 100 ARW/PA)
Action Line: Dumpsters in distress
COMPLAINT:I have worked on RAF Lakenheath for a few years now. I have noticed that trash seems to pile up constantly around several dumpsters on base. The trash is forbidden items that the dumpster driver removes before he takes the container, such as bed springs, big screen TV boxes, etc. The dumpster near community bank has had abandoned items
0 4/01
2011
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