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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Proofrdr » 29 Oct 2014, 11:57

Some stunning photographs there. I read a couple of the articles and found one heartbreaking one . . . of Elizabeth Blue.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Baker » 26 Nov 2014, 06:33

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You know how wars and stuff are all about the men and you could be forgiven for thinking that women did absolutely nothing? Meet Pippa Doyle. Yesterday, the 93 year old rest home dweller was awarded France's highest honour, the Legion of Honour. (She already has an MBE and a Croix de Guerre.)

The French Ambassador, Laurent Contini, presented Mrs Doyle with the Legion of Honour medal, which now sits alongside several other awards which grateful governments have given her. But true to form the modest heroine, who lives quietly by herself yet still manages to rustle up a cooked breakfast every day, was saying nothing publicly beyond remarking that it was a "privilege and honour" to receive the medal.

Mr Contini told the Herald the occasion was unusual. In his experience it had been servicemen who had been decorated with the medal. It was a rare pleasure to bestow the honour on a woman, who had displayed bravery and humility.

He said Mrs Doyle - who parachuted into northwest France in May 1944 - showed great courage in the face of danger and death threats from Nazi soldiers.

"Your bravery is inspiring," Mr Contini told Mrs Doyle.

A fluent French-speaker, Mrs Doyle was just 23 when she dropped at night into France.

Then Phyllis Latour, she had been through an intensive and at times gruelling Special Operations Executive (SOE) training course to prepare for the clandestine life of an agent. She learned surveillance, sabotage - and unarmed combat.

On the ground, she worked with the French resistance and used carefully hidden radio sets to pass valuable information about German troop deployments back to London.

For her cover story she claimed to be a young art student gaily cycling around the countryside, a ruse which got her out of the tightest spots.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby wildlx » 26 Nov 2014, 10:01

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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Proofrdr » 27 Nov 2014, 02:10

The French are being wonderful about honoring the thousands and thousands of men who Saved them from Nazi occupation. It's good to see that they are honoring the women too.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Baker » 03 Dec 2014, 06:59

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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Proofrdr » 03 Dec 2014, 23:38

This link https://www.madewithcode.com/ is on the Google homepage today. It is encouraging girls to learn code by lighting up a tree in Washington D.C. "Code is creative. Girls are creative. Everything else is just logistics." They have mentors and information for parents and teachers. This is really good.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby wildlx » 04 Dec 2014, 09:24

Yup.
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Baker » 13 Dec 2014, 07:57

I liked this story a lot.

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School ends here before Xmas for the summer holidays. The kids found that the produce they grew in the school garden wasn't always far enough grown for them to harvest by the end of the school year. So, they brainstormed ideas how to bring the crops on faster.

So, the pint-sized southern gardeners set about threading the bottles onto bamboo rods to make the walls and roof of the greenhouse, instead of glass or plastic sheeting.

Swete said the children had done most of the work, including marking out the site, cutting wood for the framing, threading the bottles on to the rods, and nailing the finished panels into place.

"The extra bonus is we have found a way to reuse resources that would otherwise go to landfill," he said.

Even the cut-off ends of the plastic bottles would not be wasted – they would be used as paint trays.

The new greenhouse was now one of the prides of the school.

"The children have done a terrific job," Swete said.

"For a lot it has sparked a real interest. They have learned a lot of problem solving and building skills. Some hadn't ever used a saw or a hammer before now.

"We have also been thrilled with the community involvement. People have made a real effort to save bottles, collect them from local bars and shops, and bring them in."

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This ticks a lot of boxes: kids problem-solving, new hands-on experiences, recycling, and growing your own food. :-)
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Proofrdr » 13 Dec 2014, 11:25

Good teacher!
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Re: Hey, That's Great!

Postby Baker » 14 Dec 2014, 07:16

lol
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