Hello from sgt petts

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by sgt petts, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Kyt

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    Who said romance was dead :becky:
  2. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    Andy I was married in 2005 too, in Cyprus (May)
    My dad keeps on promising to send off for their army records, so I will have to remind him.

    Hi Kyt

    Thank you, I am going to double check dad hasn't any of the books you mentioned, maybe I could buy him a copy for Christmas.

    I have also been searching Pathe News, looking out for grandad leading his men through the jungle, no luck so far.


    sgt petts
  3. Kyt

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    Have you tried contacting the IWM - they have an impressive catalogue of films and photos, some with detailed descriptions:


    If you fancy doing a search of their photo database:

  4. sgt petts

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    I did email them a while ago, and had no luck.
    I will try and do a search though.

    It was mentioned in a letter that grandad was on a news reel, his sister saw him while she was at the cinema.

    I live near the IWM. I can see it now lol
  5. Kyt

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    I'm so jealous. I used to live in Balham (200 yards from the station) before moving to Bristol, and used to pop in to the IWM whenever I had a day off. I know Kennington quite well too because I used to visit this pokey little bookshop that shipped in books from India.
  6. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    Is it the book shop on Kennington Lane?

    We often pop in the IWM, my two kids love it (4 and 12)
    Especially the Trench.

    We use the park their a lot too, they are doing it up at the moment.

    I read in last weeks NOTW that 38.000 bodies, thought to be Small Pox victims were found inches from a school play ground, in Newington, I am trying to find out where abouts.
    I know there is no health risk, I am just interested, and wonder did they count the bodies? lol
  7. Kyt

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    Yep that's the one - Soma Books. Next to the laundry. Really nice chap runs it - really helpful, and there was minimal markups on the books. How he managed to stay in business I don't know (well maybe the small fortune I spent helped). Saved my bacon trying to get hold of obscure books for my research.

    That smallpox story sounds interesting - and yes, how long does it take count 38000 bodies?
  8. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    What sort of books does he sell?

    Did you ever use the secondhand bookshop in the Elephant & Castle shopping centre?

    I have just started Birdsong.

    38.000 is a lot of bodies to bury!!!
  9. Kyt

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    All sorts from and about India. The history and religious sections were the ones I was inetrested in, and he used to import Oxford Uni (India) reprints which were the fraction of the price of the European prints - the quality was usually much poorer but readable.

    I know the one you mean in E&C - is it still there? It used to have a really good poetry section, and it felt right for a 2nd hand shop. I'd heard the whole centre was being refurbished - about time too, as it always looked half-finished. I used to quite like the stalls outside.

    Love Birdsong - shame his other books are of the same quality (or that could just a personal bias).
  10. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    Yes book shop still there, I often sell him my books I have finished with, usually true crime.

    They are knocking it down next year (I think) And the dreaded sunbways...
    My daughter has a school trip to the market Wednesday, ha ha don't ask why.

    I am off to East Street later.

    I have not other books by Sebastian Faulks.
    I like Max Arthur and Malcolm Brown.
  11. Kyt

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    Selling ones books? :jaw:

    Oh god, the subways - thanks SP, that's brought back some terrible memories :becky: It was always a case of, do I get run over trying to cross the nightmare roads or mugged down there? ahhh, happy days :>

    I haven't read the authors - good?
  12. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    I only sell true crime. :)
    Chick Lit I pass on or give to the charity shop, biographies I keep.

    I went today, to the book shop today in E&C.
    Had a look at their military section.

    I have just read Last Post, great book.
    Poor Tommy, all those lice.

    Days like this the subways are usually flooded.
    Why did I ever move to South London !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I like their books, easy to read, I bought them for my son, before our trip to the Somme and Ypres.
  13. Kyt

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    I actually miss Balham, and the surrounding areas. Lived in Tooting (3 mins from Bec station) for 6 months first, and Tooting High Street was great for shopping. I never thought I'd miss having Indian shops around until I moved to Bristol. Can't get decent garam masala for love or money around here - now order it by post :cry_smile: But then again, having grown up in Southall, I was spoilt for choice :)

    But I don't miss the commute across town, or the mad pace of the place.

    I own some really really awful trash but the thought of selling them brings me out in a cold sweat :becky:
  14. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    Have been Tooting a couple of times shopping.Mum in Law lives in Clapham South.
    Don't really know it well, I am a West London girl.
    Been in South London too long, and planning to move to Devon eventually.

    Oooh Mexican food for me :) :>

    Keep meaning to try a curry down Brick Lane, never seem to get the time :noidea:

    I have no room to keep my books. :noidea:
    I have so many.
  15. Kyt

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    Pah - Mexican food - wimps.

    Brick Lanes OK, but too many tourists. Some good local ones in Tooting or if you're feeling adventurous then Southall has to be the place.

    Room? Who needs room - I usually have to climb over a pile or two to cross the living room (and I wouldn't have it any other way - maybe that's why I'm now single :frusty:)
  16. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    I am climbing over toys, and hiding my books, to keep them safe!!!

    Don't tell me you eat Vinderloo or Phal (sic)
  17. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    Here is my great grandad, Andrew Munn.
  18. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    He looks sooo young. They were only boys really.
  19. sgt petts

    sgt petts Member

    I remember seeing a grave of a 15 year old boy.
    And the tour guide Bill, told us there is a grave for a 13 year old boy.
    Very brave boys, who must never be forgotten.
  20. Kyt

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    Amazing the lengths some kids went to to join up - if only they'd really known what was going on.

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