CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 151 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 20.8.2020

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 22nd August 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 151 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Wednesday 20th August 2020

At the end of July, debt was £2.004tn, £227.6bn more than at the same point last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

That means the government now owes more than the entire value of the country’s economy for the first time in 60 years.

Economists said this reflected the scale of the government’s efforts to tackle the pandemic and warned that it would get worse before it got better.

The government now owes the equivalent of 100.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) – the total value of all the goods and services produced in the economy.

It is the first time debt has been above 100% of GDP since the 1960-61 financial year, the ONS said.

Today we had a brilliant day out with friends at the International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln.

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) is an interpretation centre and memorial relating the historical legacy of and on Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Abbreviation        IBCC

Formation             2011

Purpose  To relate the stories and experiences of the personnel of Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Headquarters        Lincoln, UK

Main organ           Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust

Affiliations            University of Lincoln

Staff                       19

Volunteers             648

Located on Canwick Hill, overlooking the city of Lincoln, in England, the centre opened to the public at the end of January 2018. The official ceremonial opening of the centre was held on 12 April 2018, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the RAF.

The Walls of Names carry the names of almost 58,000 men and women who lost their lives whilst serving Bomber Command, the only place in the world where you can bear witness to the sacrifices of this unit. This figure is higher than the number of people serving in today’s RAF.

Since its inception, the International Bomber Command Centre has been working with veterans. Thanks to their astounding level of support, their stories have been recorded, and their documents and photos preserved.

KEY FACTS

Almost a million men and women served or supported Bomber Command during WWII

Over 55,500 men from Bomber Command died in the skies over Europe

Only 30% of those that flew reached the end of WWII without being killed, injured or taken Prisoner of War

Bomber Command crews came from over 60 different countries

Every member was a volunteer

The average age at death was 23 years old.

The IBCC is most interesting especially its memorial tower.

IBCC Digital Archive

The IBCC has created a digital archive on Bomber Command integrating oral histories, photographs, diaries, letters and service records. Much of the archive has never been available for public access before. Around 1,200 oral history interviews with veterans and survivors of the bombing have been recorded and 200,000 items have been preserved by the archive’s staff and volunteers. The archive is looking particularly for RAF Ground Crew, ground personnel and WAAFs, men and women who worked in factories, military and civilians on both sides of the conflict.

Losses Database

The IBCC has created one of the most comprehensive records of Bomber Command Losses available. It holds the records of all losses from 1936 – 1968 and includes details of the individual, their crew, details of how they were lost and, where available photographs, epitaphs and AIR records.

 

Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed £3.1 million of funding towards the £16 million cost of building the centre, £2.1 million through the Chancellor’s Libor funds. Other funds have been donated by private individuals and other grant funding bodies.

 

Canwick Hill site

A view of Lincoln Cathedral from near Canwick Hill.

The city of Lincoln was selected for the location of the IBCC because 27 RAF Bomber Command stations (over a third of all Bomber Command stations) were based in the county during the Second World War. The large amount of airfields led to Lincolnshire being nicknamed “Bomber County”.

Located at Canwick Hill, the centre is just under two and half miles from RAF Waddington, which suffered the greatest losses of any Bomber Command station, and close to the former Avro aircraft production facility at Bracebridge Heath. A view of Lincoln Cathedral, a prominent landmark for aircrews, forms an important part of the vista from the centre of the Memorial Spire.

 

Spire Memorial

Plates bear the names of aircrew who lost their lives flying from bases in Lincolnshire.

Within the grounds of the International Bomber Command Centre the Spire Memorial was erected on 10 May 2015. The memorial is a spire, reflecting the connection to Lincoln Cathedral. Created out of Corten A weathering steel, it is based on the dimensions of the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber, being 102 ft (31.09 m) high and 16 ft (5 m) at the base. The spire was officially unveiled in October 2015 to an audience of 3,600 guests, including 312 RAF veterans.

The spire is encircled by walls carrying the names of all 57,871 men and women who gave their lives whilst serving in or supporting Bomber Command. This is the only place in the world where all these losses are memorialised.

Chadwick Centre

Named after Roy Chadwick, the designer of the Lancaster bomber, the Chadwick Centre includes an education suite, an interactive and immersive exhibition across three galleries, reference library, visitor facilities and a research room. The centre relates the experiences of service personnel in Bomber Command and the effects of bombing on civilian populations. The centre also covers both the war time and post-war review of the bombing campaigns undertaken during the Second World War.

The centre has already collected over 1,200 personal experiences of Bomber Command veterans from around the world, as well as from civilians affected by the bombing campaigns and civilians recording the consequences for Lincolnshire of having so many RAF personnel arrive.

 

Peace Gardens

These include a Memorial Avenue as part of the Lincolnshire Peace Garden, with geo-located trees for each of the 27 Lincolnshire stations, an International Garden with planting beds representing the five continents and 62 nations involved with Bomber Command, an amphitheatre for outdoor education and areas of sensory planting. The Peace Gardens incorporate a Ribbon of Remembrance, made of laser cut Scoutmoor yorkstone, that enables families, associations and nations to mark those who served.

I found the most fascinating thing a massive audio video feature covering a complete wall of the exhibition centre. The feature was a map of Europe with a calendar running along side for the dates of World War II. Each day there are different coloured flashes in different parts of Europe indicating bomb drops.

I found the feature so fascinating. Being a passionate researcher I envisaged the enormous research that had gone into this project. And then from an IT viewpoint the putting together and the coordinating to make the visual feature.

The view of all Lincoln captured my imagination too. The cathedral, the castle, the University, the shopping area, the houses and the knowledge that the football ground is there too. You can see for miles and miles.

And on top of all this the coffee and food were brilliant.

The only negative I could not hear the guide speak due to my hearing and the wind. In the whole half hour talk I heard one word Lancaster.

All for an admission of £8 or less and £3 parking.

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE:    https://internationalbcc.co.uk/

In the evening we watched the amazing Channel 5 documentary: Inside Legoland: A World of Wonder. This was Legoland at Windsor. One scene was the department that creates the special Birthday Party  packages you can hold at Legoland. They say the most expensive is to have a Birthday Pay and sleepover all night in the Legoland Haunted House. It costs £6,995. WOW!

 

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION

OPPORTUNISTS

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.-Jack London

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is… The International Bomber Command Centre, Lincoln

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Did you hear about the magic tractor?

It turned into a field!

LOVE IS…

Love is…when he tidies up the mess he made without being told.

5 Things To Be Grateful For During Lockdown/Coronavirus

We are grateful  Lockdown gives us  a time…

  1. A time to visit Lincoln Cathedral…A time to visit Lincoln Castle
  2. A time to visit IBCC, Canwick Hill, Lincoln…A time to pay respects to the RAF and Bomber Command
  3. A time to learn from peoples’ memoirs…A time to listen to experiences past.
  4. A time to survey Lincolnshire…A time to appreciate Lincolnshire.
  5. A time to rejoice because you work for Legoland…A time to have a crap job.

TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE

DAY 138        16 Times – 144 Feet              Cumulative Total 20,547 Feet

HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS

 SUMMER PLAYLIST August 22nd 2020

  1. Pure Shores (Radio Edit) All Saints 3:59
  2. Summertime (Single Edit) DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 3:54
  3. Don't Worry Be Happy (Single Version) Bobby McFerrin 3:51
  4. California Girls The Beach Boys 2:36

 

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