Our Pride, Gratitude and Admiration for D-Day’s veteran Heroes

Meet Ted Cordery – my significant other’s Grandfather. Never have I been so honoured to know someone other then this hero of a man. It is true that he couldn’t bring himself to speak about the atrocities that he witnessed until a few years ago – not even with his family

Ted is the most humblest, kindest, gentle natured men I have ever been lucky enough to know and my heart goes out to him and his Comrades for what they went through for us 75 years ago today

Raising a glass to you and your fellow servicemen, alive or fallen, Ted. You have made everyone too proud for words

Clare

Source: BBC News. 5th June 2019

Ted Cordery was a 20-year-old torpedo man for the navy when he stood on the upper deck of HMS Belfast and looked helplessly on as dozens of men drowned around him.

D-Day, on June 6 1944, was the world’s largest seaborne assault and the beginning of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

But many of the first troops to arrive at Normandy, in northern France, were accidentally dropped off by their landing boats in too-deep water, where they sank under the weight of their guns and equipment.

Others suffered from seasickness caused by the flat bottoms on the smaller boats “bouncing” across the waves.

Speaking to the BBC from his home in Oxford, Ted, now 95, vividly remembers the events of that day 75 years ago and says the horrific things he witnessed will stay with him forever.

He says: “I felt so sorry for the men. They were coming from a fair way out to get to the beach, and they were all in their uniforms and carrying guns and their own food, so they all had these cans weighing them down.

“I looked at them as we were passing them and I thought to myself, if you’re seasick and you’re then expected to get off the boat and start fighting… come on.

“The water was a bit choppy, which made no difference to us, but if you’re in a flat bottom boat and its a bit choppy you can really feel it.

“What those men went through. It’s asking a lot isn’t it? I think so. Those men are bloody marvellous.

“So many of them didn’t make it because they were dropped too far from the land. They went straight in the deep water and drowned.”

Ted Cordery as a child in family photo
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Image caption Ted Cordery, as a young child, sitting on his mother’s lap

D-Day began with a damp, grey dawn over the English Channel. More than 6,330 boats carrying thousands of men readied themselves to launch the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The night before, Ted and his fellow crew were told they were joining a large operation, but they had no idea of the scale until they saw the other ships.

But they were not nervous. Ted says: “Well, you see, once you’ve gone to sea you’ve always got to be ready for action, U-boats, anything.

“It’s like everything, you go into something strange and of course you’re apprehensive, even if you’re not frightened, because you just get on with it – and please God you’ll be alright.”

HMS Belfast was the flagship of Bombardment Force E, supporting troops landing at Gold and Juno beaches by attacking German defences.

The ship came under occasional fire from German artillery and dive-bombers but managed to battle on unscathed as it continued to hit German positions.

Working predominantly on the upper deck, Ted had a bird’s eye view of the action unfolding around him.

HMS Belfast during the Second World War
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Image caption HMS Belfast, pictured during the Second World War, was built in 1936

He says: “When we got near the coast we could see all the activity and we just went in and anchored up and as soon as we got there, more or less, we opened fire.”

As one of the larger warships present on D-Day, HMS Belfast also had a fully equipped sick bay staffed by surgeons and took hundreds of casualties on board during the first day of fighting.

After destroying the German defence batteries, the crew was tasked with clearing the beach and bringing wounded soldiers back to the ship to receive medical treatment.

Ted was trained to operate one of Belfast’s two cranes, which allowed him to lift stretchers up on to the deck.

It was a difficult job, made harder when he realised how badly injured the troops were.

Ted says: “I’ll die with this memory. These men were wounded. We put them on the stretcher. You’d then put them on a cart and get them down the beach and then put them on a pontoon on the beach.

“And then they would be taken out to the boat. And I’d lift those men out… and the injuries I saw, I couldn’t tell you.”

Fighting back tears, he adds: “There was nothing I could do about it. I looked down at them, and I cried.

“I’m a soft sod. You would never believe what they went through. Those poor men.

“They took them to the sick bay, and if 2% or 3% of them survived I’d be surprised.

Ted at his home in Oxford
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“They did what they could for them, but they were too far gone – they were mostly dead before they got them in the sick bay.

“But the injuries – faces, stomachs, legs off – oh God. I know nurses would say to me ‘silly sod’, they see it every day, in a more clinical fashion.

“But the way I saw it – God, I think to myself, I’m lucky to be alive. Those poor people.

“I think there were about 10,000 men lost that day. And what for? We don’t learn do we?”

Apart from periods replenishing ammunition, HMS Belfast was almost continuously in action over the five weeks after D-Day and fired thousands of rounds from her guns in support of Allied troops fighting their way inland.

But D-Day was not the only battle Ted fought in during his time onboard HMS Belfast.

Between 1943 and 1944, he took part in some of the navy’s most intense and dangerous operations including the Arctic Convoys and the Battle of North Cape.

A framed photo of Ted in his Navy uniform on his mantelpiece
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Image caption A framed photo of Ted in his navy uniform is in pride of place on his mantelpiece

Immediately after the war ended Ted continued his military service as a minesweeper, working off the coast of Scotland.

He left the navy in 1946 and returned to his job as an apprentice printer where he went on to “work at practically every paper on Fleet Street”.

Just one month after D-Day Ted met a woman named Lila while he was on leave and married her three weeks later in August 1944.

They had one son, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and were together until her death in 1991.

Ten years later Ted met and married his second wife, Glynis, with whom he lives in Oxford’s suburbs.

They will attend the 75th anniversary events in Normandy this week.

Many assumed that technological advances would ensure the World War Two was less horrific than the Great War.

But the fighting during the Battle of Normandy, which followed D-Day, was as bloody as it had been in the trenches of the World War One..

Casualty rates were slightly higher than they were during a typical day during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Ted says: “I well up every time I talk about it. Sometimes I think about it when I’m lying in bed awake.

“I don’t like to dwell upon it too much because there’s nothing you can do about it. But like millions of others I did my bit.”

Pianist performs in the middle of a giant rubbish dump to highlight the need to recycle

A musician has shown his love for the environment by creating a rubbish music video.

Pavel Andreev was helped by seven men to carry a grand piano into the middle of a huge, festering, landfill site.

Onlookers may have thought he was chucking the instrument out but Pavel had moved it to the dump so he could play a haunting composition surrounded by rubbish as a message about recycling.

Pavel recorded a video of his performance – the piece, called Breath of Nature, was his own composition.

Pavel said ‘We spent six hours at the rubbish landfill, surrounded by tonnes of rubbish, thousands of seagulls and the stench,’ said the campaigning musician.

‘At the same time, I saw a ginormous resource under my feet. When will we finally get the state-of-the-art technologies that will be able to recycle that rubbish and produce energy, electricity and recycled goods?’ added Pavel.

He has also played his grand piano on a floating platform in the middle of Ruskeala Marble Lake in the mountains of north-western Russia’s Republic of Karelia.

Crowdfunding generated half of the cost to produce the music video, ensuring 75,000 RUB (£875) of his 100,000 RUB (£1,166) total costs.

He hopes it will make people think more about their lifestyles and how much they could recycle from items usually thrown away.

It is estimated that more than 60% of what ends up in our rubbish bins could be recycled.

The use of plastic in the Europe is increasing by 4% each year, despite the recent wave of concern in UK culture triggered in large part by David Attenborough’s outspoken remarks for plastic use and trying to reduce volume.

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose, and has been linked to many marine wildlife deaths as oceans carry large quantities of discarded waste.

bidweg.com raising £100,000 investment on Crowdcube

Bidweg Ltd wants to help solve the often over-looked unused/wasted holiday money market. It is aiming to create a Peer 2 Peer community platform bringing sellers/buyers together to exchange their unused currency disrupting traditional traders and delivering strong rates to both sellers/buyers

Source: bidweg.com raising £100,000 investment on Crowdcube

  • UK households on average return with £110 of holiday currency.
  • An alternative method to traditional sell and buyback methods
  • Efficient model as sellers likely to become buyers
  • £2.9bn of currency hoarded, £1bn wasted, market value est. £4bn

Idea

Up to £2.9bn of foreign currency is stored in jam jars at home. A further £1bn is wasted at foreign airports by returning British holidaymakers, which creates a market estimate of £4bn in the re-exchanging of currency. The apathy may be attributed to terrible buy-back rates and hidden fees. Globally over 1 billion travellers return with a proportion of $571bn exchanged every year, UN Travel Org 2015.

The Bidweg solution is to develop a community-based Peer 2 Peer trading platform for unused currency, challenging and disrupting traditional methods of currency conversion by bringing together sellers & buyers to exchange at their own rates with bidweg.com taking a commission to facilitate the process.

Yr1 focus is pre-revenue Seed investment to develop, market and launch the UK platform in 2018.

A study developed through Survey Monkey driven by a Facebook campaign indicated that a focused digital marketing campaign concentrating on a transparent community approach could lead to growth assisted by the organic sales patterns of sellers returning as buyers and vice versa.

In addition to crowdfunding, the company has applied for grant funding of £18k alongside loans of £20k.

The company will be applying to the FCA to enter the Regulatory Sandbox program, to identify what authorisations are required, applications open in Summer 2018.

Team

Shon Alam – Founder/Director

Shon Alam is taking the lead in driving the company toward market launch. It is the concept of bringing buyers and sellers together to exchange unused currency and giving the consumer a better all-around deal that remains his passion.

Mr. Michael Winslow – Non-Executive Director

As Non-Executive Chair, Michael brings leadership qualities at a senior level whilst working for such companies as Lend Lease PLC, Energis PLC and Cable + Wireless as well as an Interim NED for The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Greg Mizon – Non-Executive Director

Greg brings a wealth of experience from the banking sector, as Chief Risk Officer, and International Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Regulated by the Financial Services Authority). Then had a stint with Moody’s KMV as Regional Director of the Credit Strategies Group. Greg is also currently acting as an NED to AJG Futures Ltd.

Jane Herbert – Non-Executive Director

Jane has been a director of Pilotmax Communications, a PR and Reputation Management company, for 27 years. Jane set up Pilotmax Communications in 1991 offering a full Public Relations service. Jane is now using her experience to provide advice and develop the marketing strategy for Bidweg.com.

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Chinese Whale Buys Fleet of F1 Cars Worth £4 Million with Litecoin – Bitcoin News

Used F1 For Sale, Second Hand from a Racer

A Chinese individual has agreed to purchase four rare F1 cars, valued about £4 million in total, from the UK’s Heritage F1 dealershipThe sale, subject to standard verification, is to be completed entirely in litecoin.

The flagship car in the fleet is the 2011 Sauber Ferrari C30 which was driven by Kamui Kobayashi (who achieved 5th place with the car at the Monaco Grand Prix) as well as by Mexican driver Sergio Perez. The vehicle has a carbon-fiber body, a 2,400 cc V8 engine, and seven-speed semi-automatic carbon-fiber gearbox.

All four cars are said to be fully raceable and track-worthy, but are also meant to appreciate in value as investments.

Luxury Investments

The F1 deal was orchestrated by London-based art dealer Eleesa Dadiani who we wrote about back in July. Her gallery offers buyers the opportunity to purchase art using bitcoin, ethereum, ethereum classic, ripple, litecoin, or dash.

Eleesa Dadiani, founder of Dadiani Syndicate, commented: “We are hugely excited to be conducting the sale of these exquisite machines in cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is not just about ‘getting rich’ – it is about facilitating trade and investment in a more transparent, decentralised way.”

Mike O’Connor, founder of Heritage F1, added: “The sale of this breath-taking collection of Formula One cars, in cryptocurrency, will set a new precedent and open up a whole new international market to us. There is increasing demand for the purchase of luxury assets in cryptocurrency, and we are confident that this sale, in partnership with Dadiani Syndicate, is just the first of many to come.”