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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Frecks » 12 Jun 2017, 08:22

More wonderful prints there Wanderer. I love the sepia ones but the coloured prints give an even better idea of the countryside. Glorious - thank you so much for posting them.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Tracer » 12 Jun 2017, 08:59

Lovely bit of research, Wanderer, thank you! :claphappy:
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Fairblue » 12 Jun 2017, 10:50

Thank you for sharing these, Wanderer. Mr FB once promised to take me to Monaco. I'm still waiting. I will now have to remind him.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Indian Civil Service » 12 Jun 2017, 20:00

Frecks wrote:I am surprised Biggles' vest had survived after his injuries. He must have been wearing the same underwear for a couple of weeks all covered in dried blood etc. - a dip in the sea probably did some good. They do seem to get very hot, sweaty and dirty quite often - not very appealing :lol:


Possibly, along with soup and spaghetti, Mario supplied a couple of his vests too...
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Fairblue » 12 Jun 2017, 20:18

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Frecks wrote:I am surprised Biggles' vest had survived after his injuries. He must have been wearing the same underwear for a couple of weeks all covered in dried blood etc. -


Possibly, along with soup and spaghetti, Mario supplied a couple of his vests too...


I expect that wearing the same underwear for weeks on end was considered to be quite trivial compared to what could have happened.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 14 Jun 2017, 13:14

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Frecks wrote:I am surprised Biggles' vest had survived after his injuries. He must have been wearing the same underwear for a couple of weeks all covered in dried blood etc. - a dip in the sea probably did some good. They do seem to get very hot, sweaty and dirty quite often - not very appealing :lol:


Possibly, along with soup and spaghetti, Mario supplied a couple of his vests too...


I expect Biggles was deprived of his underwear and Mario was ordered to wash it. He may, or may not, have been loaned spares whilst this occurred. Basic hygiene was the main protection against infection back then, and keeping blood soaked and dirty garments on was not hygienic.

You can speculate amongst yourselves as to whether Mario, the princess or Biggles himself, removed his underwear.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby kylie_koyote » 14 Jun 2017, 14:59

It may have been cut off, depending on the location and severity of Biggles' various injuries. Clothing is regularly cut off in emergency rooms, and they have special scissors for slicing through garments.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Frecks » 14 Jun 2017, 15:52

Well Mario did have a very sharp knife :lol:
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby tiffinata » 17 Jun 2017, 12:54

From memory Biggles was dressed old overalls. Did it mention anywhere if they were RAF, or just overalls?
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Frecks » 17 Jun 2017, 15:31

That is a good question. I am sure Raymond said he dressed in overalls rather than his uniform in case he was spotted but I think he wore some part of RAF uniform so he would not be shot as a spy if he was caught. I cannot remember exactly.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 17 Jun 2017, 16:26

I'm pretty certain (once more the cat is pinning me down so I can't check) that Biggles refused to go in disguise but agreed to wear a pair of overalls over his uniform.
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Postby Indian Civil Service » 17 Jun 2017, 18:15

Kismet wrote:I'm pretty certain (once more the cat is pinning me down so I can't check) that Biggles refused to go in disguise but agreed to wear a pair of overalls over his uniform.

Raymond says Biggles hated disguises but could hardly walk about occupied Monaco in RAF uniform, so he wore "an old boiler suit" over his uniform and figured that was sufficient. When Algy and Bertie enter the basement, he is clad in the boiler suit while the uniform lies on the floor. No undies in sight...
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Postby Indian Civil Service » 17 Jun 2017, 18:19

Kismet wrote:I'm pretty certain (once more the cat is pinning me down so I can't check) that Biggles refused to go in disguise but agreed to wear a pair of overalls over his uniform.

How heavy is this cat? I have one 45 lb hairy retriever trying to sit on me in current 39 Celsius temp. His lighter sibling is blocking the air conditioner.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 17 Jun 2017, 18:44

2425

She clings tenaciously, and as I'm currently attached to a pile of tubing draining a pseudo-pancreatic cyst, I can't struggle against my imprisonment too much.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Frecks » 17 Jun 2017, 19:05

That sounds very uncomfortable Kismet even without the cat sitting on you.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 17 Jun 2017, 19:07

Frecks wrote:That sounds very uncomfortable Kismet even without the cat sitting on you.

It's all right until I forget it's there and move injudiciously. I expect Biggles had the same problem as he healed.
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Postby Frecks » 17 Jun 2017, 19:09

Yes I expect so. When Algy and Bertie found him he said he had been walking up and down the cellar to build his strength up. There were plenty of cats in the village but I do not think any tried to sit on him :lol:
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 17 Jun 2017, 19:33

Frecks wrote:Yes I expect so. When Algy and Bertie found him he said he had been walking up and down the cellar to build his strength up. There were plenty of cats in the village but I do not think any tried to sit on him :lol:

If Biggles sat down, I am sure a cat would try to sit on him. It's in their dna.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Spitfire666 » 17 Jun 2017, 21:11

Kismet wrote:2425

She clings tenaciously, and as I'm currently attached to a pile of tubing draining a pseudo-pancreatic cyst, I can't struggle against my imprisonment too much.

That is one very determined looking cat :o
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Kismet » 17 Jun 2017, 23:04

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Kismet wrote:2425

She clings tenaciously, and as I'm currently attached to a pile of tubing draining a pseudo-pancreatic cyst, I can't struggle against my imprisonment too much.

That is one very determined looking cat :o

She didn't like the disappearance of three of her human possessions (to university), so she keeps a very close eye on me, mainly by sitting on me so I can't move without her knowledge. Luckily, she doesn't mind having my sewing on top of her. If she can't sit on my knee, she likes to sit on my hands and keyboard, which explains the somewhat incoherent nature of some of my posts.

I now have a vision of the cats visiting Biggles in his cellar, sitting on his uniform and trying to lie on his chest as he rests, with another appearing every time the princess thinks she has thrown the last one out. I hadn't previously considered any interaction with the cats.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby kylie_koyote » 19 Jun 2017, 11:21

When I was living in Izmir, there was a very large stray-cat population, and the hissing and meowing and fighting and... well, you get the idea - went on for hours.

I cannot imagine it would be too restful for Biggles.

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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 29 Jun 2017, 06:31

I've just enjoyed scrolling through your lovely postcards over my afternoon coffee, Wanderer. They really add detail to my mental picture of the scenes in what is one of my all time favourite books. Thank you for posting :cheers:
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Frecks » 29 Jun 2017, 08:08

Yes they are really excellent and set the scene so well. Thanks again for all your hard work Wanderer.
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Re: Biggles Fails to Return

Postby Foolscap » 29 Jun 2017, 22:45

Wanderer, also adding my appreciation for the posted pictures:-)
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