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Title: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: pedrochapala on 07.06. 2012 22:10
she sure knew how to pick her moto 60 years ago but her hat selection still sucks-jaja!
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: muskrat on 08.06. 2012 06:33
 Hip, hip and all that. I'm not a fan but good on her.
Wonder what other capers she got up to. Being human and all.
Cheers
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: Goldy on 08.06. 2012 09:34
Obviously there has been a lot about the Queen on tv, and she volunteered during the war and worked as a motor mechanic.
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.06. 2012 10:10
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Wonder what other capers she got up to. Being human and all.

Think the old Duke probably got up to enough for both of them.

Not a fanatical Royalist myself but have been at a garden party in her presence, she's very charismatic, he looked haggard and managed to c*ck up the schedule. 
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: duTch on 08.06. 2012 10:18
friggin' 'eck- Her credo rating just jumped some notches,on any moto, wonder how young prince chuck feels  about his Mo' wearin' army boots??

I'm not a monarchist either, but my uNZud cuzzie escorted her down the Auckland street back in '74

Wonder if she remembers how to start it??
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: Goldy on 08.06. 2012 10:58
[have been at a garden party in her presence]. Wow bill I didnt know this forum moved in such high circles. She didn't make you Sir bill then.
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: duTch on 08.06. 2012 11:04
Get it right Goldy- ....Sir Bsa-Bill.......?
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.06. 2012 11:25
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She didn't make you Sir bill then.

Thank God no , nearest I came to a title was working for a Lord ( bought the title with a 50 grand contribution to Chucks trust and service to a political party, I'll leave you to work out which one).
I was at the time a Group Officer in the UK Royal Observer Corps, as such went with twelve Observers from my six posts  (and same from all over UK) to ROC HQ at RAF Bentley Priory ( formerly HQ Strike Command ), we stood in the front Garden while she came met and spoke to many of the members , group numbers where printed on tape on the ground in front of us but to give her due credit she knew the name of every group by its number (30 odd groups ).
A long day travelling but enjoyable, so that's my only claim fame.
As for working for the Lord - tightest and most disingenuous boss I've worked for 
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: A10Boy on 08.06. 2012 12:11
God bless her!  *smile*
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: Topdad on 08.06. 2012 13:18
Hi Bill , interesting story , but I'd have given my hind teeth to be at Bently Priory, not for the Queen but simply because other than HQ Strike Command , and more importantly to me , it was Dowdings HQ for Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and as we all know but for him and all his people we'd probably not be riding our BSA's now to say the least ,the history in that place to me is fantastic ,fancy all your childhood heroes having been in one place . I rode past it on my first A10 one April morning on my way to Acton in '66 to visit my Brother nearly dropped the bike when I realised what the place was ,was only allowed to gaze through the gates for a short time has it was still an active RAF site then I was told to shift, cheers for the story, (arise sir Bill !!) BobH. 
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.06. 2012 14:01
Cheers Bob.
I gave a talk to our local U3A last yea about the Royal Observer Corps , the ROC was a group within Fighter Command and Commandant ROC was always a serving RAF Officer usually an Air Commodore and often an ex fighter pilot, I got to meet a fair few of them, mostly pretty down to earth guys.
In the talk I gave I touched on Dowding (stuffy as he was known), pretty well loved by his pilots, also told for the umpteenth time how Kilo One post Chatton ( which I served on when I joined in 1960) was the first to correctly report Hess's plane as it flew over Chatton, later to be shot down by the Home Guard, Chief Observer at Chatton got a medal for that.
In a few years time the facts on the Hess story will be made public, might be interesting might not.
Dowding and Hess below and Brit tractor driver about to need a change of underwear
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: Topdad on 11.06. 2012 13:14
Did the lightning pilot survive? anyone know ?? bet that tractor driver covered 2oo yds in olympic record time BobH
Title: Re: congrats to elizabeth II!
Post by: muskrat on 11.06. 2012 20:56
 And Happy Birthday to Phil.
Cheers