Fa – the name of the Green Dragon

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A Tanka about Tanks

rtr-flagMany years ago, I joined the 3rd Royal tank Regiment. Many of the soldiers in the unit were like me, from the West Country (of the U.K.). We were nick-named “The “Armoured Farmers“.
On November the 20th, 1917 tanks were used for the very first time in battle.
The Tank regiment motto is Fear Naught. Its regimental colours are Brown, red and green. Through the mud and the blood to the green fields beyond.

Nineteen seventeen
Tanks were first used in battle.
Germans were surprised,
at the Battle of Cambrai.
Through mud and blood to green fields.


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An imaginery conversation with Robert Graves

G: Of course, you’ve heard the old saying. “The worst are those, who having learned the alphabet, believe that they have come into real knowledge.”
M: Ha that’s funny.
G: but it’s also true and sad as well. People don’t read well nowadays.
M: Well it’s people like you make it difficult.
G: Why do you say that? Continue reading