Looking for advice/tips on how to go about the distribution of the symbolic poppies to those who might like to wear one in commemoration of those who died in combat, or the effects of combat on civilians.
And advice on the collection of free-will donations to the Royal British Legion, in support of the wounded and bereaved.
I’ve sought a meeting with our Mayor, and his adjoint has told me that the matter has never previously been raised, and she has never seen the Coquelicot before, nor heard of it.
I have close neighbours who are anciens combattants and I expect that their approval and authorisation, or that of their commandant, will be essential in some form, and I hope forthcoming, so I shall seek it.
I should also like to lay a British Legion gerbe of poppies at the war memorial at the Armistice Day ceremony, if official authorisation is granted.
If anyone has done any or all of this before in France your experience will be very gratefully received. Needless to say I have a carnet d’autorisation for this activity from the Royal British Legion.
There’s a picture of the RBL “kit” below for those interested! Thanks in advance
You are a remarkable boon to Anglo-French relations, Veronique. The seeds of friendship you sow will surely enrich the impoverished soil of our shared but precarious future.
I think songs are a fantastic way of learning a second or third language. The cadences, rhythms and emotional content make a huge difference to retention, accessibility and authentic expression.
I love singing along with Tino Rossi, Mistinguett, Jean Sablon and Maurice Chevalier. Whiskery stuff, I know, but so am I. ‘J’ai deux amours’ with Josephine Baker in the bath… (or is that too far, Stella?)
About 10 years ago I taught in college for a year and did a series of lessons on Remembrance Sunday for my 5° (age 12ish), they watched the Queen at the cenotaph laying wreaths etc, discussed what they saw, listened to poems, watched a bit of the final episode of Blackadder etc.
Anyway after the first lesson they all turned up wearing home-made poppies. too sweet.
I guess it’s a personal preference but as long as the money is going to the Royal British Legion (like in the blue link below) I don’t see a problem with it.
Here is a selection of the more " fancier" poppies. The Poppy Shop