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Old flame comes out
of teenage woodwork
When it comes to
advice I've heard it
said giving is more
taking advice. It's
true. It's easy to wax lyrical about
all the things you'll never have to
do yourself. There's been many a
time I've told friends not to worry
about age gaps with men, older or
younger. If it works it works, end
of story. Love conquers all and so
When the mystery man turned
out to be substantially older than
me I wasn't sure if I wanted to
pursue it although he sounds
lovely and caring.
While I was trying to decide
where I stood on the generation
gap, out of the blue someone I
haven't seen since school when
we both left our hometown to
make our way in the world
appears on Facebook. It seems
he's also single although in
He has over 200 Facebook friends.
I might have my work cut out
getting to the top of the list. It's
Nearly 20 years ago Mr Facebook
was the ultimate local high school
success story -- head boy, captain
of the First IV, A+ student and a
nice guy. Those at the sister
school were in love with him in a
soppy teenager way. I even sent
him a Valentines card. I was 15,
that's my excuse.
To make the teenage angst worse,
he only dated the gorgeous and
popular girls. I'm intrigued about
why he's not happily married.
Still a lot can happen in 20 years.
At one stage I heard he'd become a
priest although there's no
mention of it on Facebook.
I think some research is called
Just for old time's sake!
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates should be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final four plan a toast
Memorial flight: The Mitchell B-25 'Devil Dog' takes off for a flyover as four of
the last five survivors of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid gather for their 70th
anniversary reunion in Dayton, Ohio on April 18 last year. Seventy years earlier in
1942, 80 men led by Lt Col James H 'Jimmy' Doolittle took off from an aircraft
carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan and came to be known as the
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.
Photo: REUTERS 626341882
An anniversary of some
to New Zealanders
has passed by with
little or no public
recognition. On April 18 1942, 16
medium range Mitchell bombers
led by Lt Col James Doolittle were
launched from the United States
Navy aircraft carrier ''Hornet'' to
execute the first bombing raid
against the Japanese mainland.
There are many New Zealanders
still alive, who recall the palpable
sense of fear which gripped New
Zealand following the bombing of
Pearl Harbour by the Japanese.
The Doolittle Raid resulted in
negligible damage to non-military
targets but together with the
subsequent rout of the Japanese
fleet at the battle of Midway
Island, it was instrumental in
bolstering the morale of New
Zealand citizens living in fear of
an imminent Japanese invasion.
Of the 80 Raiders, 60 survived
World War II and have since held
a reunion each year. Centrepiece
at these gatherings is a box
containing 80 silver goblets, each
one engraved with the name of a
Raider, which are upturned in the
box at the reunion following his
death. Also in the box is a bottle of
1896 Hennessy Very Special
Cognac for which there has
always been a plan: the last two
surviving Raiders would open the
bottle and at last drink from it,
toasting their departed comrades.
Now, only four survivors remain
-- they have decided that sometime
later this year they will come
together in private and open the
bottle. They will fill the four
remaining goblets and raise them
in a toast to those who are gone.
Perhaps we should do no less.
Graye Shattky is an old soldier
who lives in St Bathans and, from
time to time, is tempted to wave
his rusty sword at important
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