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Forum Announcements / Easter Wishes
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:14:29 AM »
Happy Easter to you all, its been a dreadful year so far for so many, job losses, people loosing their homes and families split up because of it. Unrest and trouble in so many places. I wish you all a lovely Easter and I hope you are spending it with those who are dear to you. But we have much to be thankful for, a new President and America back in the middle of all the important issues we as a world have to address. So from here in London my best wishes to you all, God Bless.

David Newell, London

Forum Announcements / Sad Farewell To the QE2
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:11:17 AM »
I am not sure this is the place to post this but as this is the only forum I belong to, I hope you will all indulge me!!!

I have to say, that yesterday was a sad day for me here in London. Laid up with the flu and feeling depressed anyway I watched the final departure from Ocean Terminal of the Queen Elizabeth 2. I have from the days of an early school project watched this great ship with much affection. I know with my father being a Cunard Engineer,  I have had it in the blood so to speak. I remember her launch, live on BBC television (blacvk and white and very grainy picture it was too) when still very small and the huge interest in her maiden voyage. Growing up with out my father I suppose I attached a great significance to this ship.

Then when I was of an age to be able to pay for a ticket I did and several transatlantic and med cruises later could say, she really was the only way to sail. So with a sad heart I saw her leave Southampton for the last time. So farewell QE2 you have done us all proud, God speed.

Forum Announcements / Flying over Perm and Ekaterinburg
« on: March 12, 2006, 11:00:14 PM »
As many of you know I lost my grandmother in february 2006 and then went through a very difficult partnership break up. Recently I met someone else and while this is very early days I flew to Sydney last week to be with him and see the Mardi Gras celebrations. On the way there and back we flew very close to Perm and Ekaterinburg. It was mid way in the flight from Hong kong and the lights in the cabin were low and most people were asleep. I was awake and reading when I checked the flight tracker and saw how close I was to Ekaterinburg. I felt a sudden rush of emotion, knowing how close I was to the last place that AF lived and died.
She has been in my life for many years as talisman in many ways. She protects me I know (am I sounding crazy here) and was with me on a long journey, where I had no idea how it would turn out. Things were wonderful in Australia and It was so good. But I thought I would just say that it was a peacefull but emotional, I have always said I would go one day to the new church, well I have been close and the feeling of peace and security filled me, I now have so much more faith in my future and flying over the last place was so moving.
Oh well just me muttering on as usual. ;)

David Newell, London ;)

Rules for This Forum / Sorry that I have been away for so long.
« on: February 26, 2005, 02:53:56 AM »
To all those who I have spoken to on here, I have to say sorry for my long absence. I have changed jobs and am now teaching at a local college. I am teaching travel and tourism. I have been so busy that I have not been able to get on here in ages. But I am now able to participate once again. You were all so kind when my two westie girls died and I will never forget that.

Another sad thing is my Grandmother who I was very close to died just two weeks ago she was 97 and I used to talk to her a lot about stuff on here. She had a crystal clear memory and gave me great insight into her life and Edwardian life as she knew it.

Well I hope to be back into the thick of our discussions,

best wishes

David Newell, London

The Alexander Palace / The Imperial Telephone Exchange
« on: April 12, 2004, 05:14:55 AM »
A couple of years ago I asked BOB about the Telephone Excahnge at the Alexander Palace or Tsarskoye Selo. I was a telephonist for many years and I was trained by the GPO and worked on government switchboards and on international. I would love to know more about the exchange at the AP and is it true it was operated by Guards Men. Bob said when he had time he would post a page. But just a few details would be lovely.

David Newell, London

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix' ghost?
« on: April 12, 2004, 04:36:41 AM »
I believe it, she had no resting place and it was her home for most ofher married life. But I am not sure it was her ghost. I was very ill in 1991 in Dallas Texas. I was given 24 hours if I did not respond to treatment. I was in and out of conciousness. I remember seeing a lady in a black dress standing smiling at me, I felt completely calm and I was able to rest and go to sleep. I believe that I saw AF. I know her face well ans how she dressed. So is the figure I, saw AF coming to help me at a very difficult time or my own sub-concious giving me a comfort figure to ease my worry. I leave it to you to make up your own minds. I don't think it matters which it is as I recovered. I know what i believe.

Though I am probably opening myself to ridicule, but thats how I feel about it.

David Newell, London

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