Jammy Toast Always Remembers

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Away from the Cenotaph, the Chelsea Pensioners stood at their windows today.

Remembrance Sunday felt the same this morning but also felt different – if that makes sense. There as always at the centre of the day was the Cenotaph, the simple slab of stone erected a hundred years ago to act as a memorial to the dead of all armed conflicts. The Queen was there as always watching from the Foreign Office balcony. The two minutes silence, the wreath laying and the remembering so much sacrifice and loss. What was missing was the thousands of members of public who normally travel to Whitehall from all corners of the country. Also missing were many veterans who march past the Cenotaph after laying their wreaths each year. Thankfully, the sadness and feelings of gratitude to all those who lost their lives was still there too.

Remembrance Sunday is about those who gave – their lives, their health, their loved ones. Here at Jammy Toast we hope that next year sees all the veterans and members of the public return. General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, said some veterans might find Remembrance Sunday a lonely experience this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, he said the guidelines would be “particularly tough on our veterans”, adding: “They traditionally have had the opportunity to get together and talk about their memories and their reflections, but equally to strut their stuff.”

Usually, about 10,000 people gather at the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the remembrance service. This year the event was closed to the public, the Royal British Legion and Legion Scotland advised people to observe the silence in honour of those who lost their lives in conflicts from their doorsteps. The public was also encouraged to share family histories and messages of remembrance online using the hashtag #WeWillRememberThem.

Prince Charles paid tribute to the nation’s armed forces for standing “side-by-side” with frontline NHS Staff and key workers during the pandemic. Speaking at Saturday’s annual Festival of Remembrance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which was pre-recorded and filmed without an audience, the Prince of Wales said the country had endured “anxiety and grief not previously experienced in peacetime. In this challenging year, we have perhaps come to realise that the freedoms for which they fought are more precious than we knew, and that the debt we owe them is even greater than we imagined.”

Last Wednesday at Westminster Abbey, the Queen commemorated the 100th anniversary of the interment of the Unknown Warrior, who represents World War One soldiers whose place of death is not known or whose remains are unidentified.

Always a sad occasion, today was made worse by the pandemic, which hopefully we will have under control this time next year and normal service can be resumed!

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Davidd Birko

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving teddy bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for unwanted bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!

46 Comments on “Jammy Toast Always Remembers”

  1. Just received the news that our image for the BBC Countryfile 2021 calendar has been CUT from the final edition. Actions have consequences that’s all we are saying… for now.

    John Craven is behind this… we KNOW it!!

  2. Four years & one day ago, Leonard Cohen left this earth & my heart hasn’t been the same since. I’m grateful for the life-changing experience of spending time with this incredibly generous, gifted & wise human.

  3. Now I’m not one to piddle on anybody’s bonfire but enough of the fireworks already! Over a week of them now, got my paws over my ears again! Grrrrrrr!

  4. Just to put the rumours to bed. Pat is NOT appearing on I’m A Celebrity
    this year. They dangled all sorts in front of her to make her sign up but she’s adamant that she “can’t be arsed with the hassle.”

  5. all that retweeting of cats and dogs tonight and unbeknownst to me my cat was waiting in the shadows on the stairs. as i went past she launched an ambush and the little cow swiped my ankles. she is obviously a cosmic cunt cat and is annoyed with me. bye x

  6. Good Monday morning to everyone.

    As the Dalai Lama said: “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”

    I can duly inform you that I am positive I will have 3 silver pouches of happiness before luncheon.

  7. Roo was washing his face and paws in the stream, while Kanga explained proudly that this was the first time he had ever washed his face himself. “I don’t hold with all this washing,” grumbled Eeyore. “This modern behind-the-ears nonsense.”

  8. Someone left a little bag on the picnic table so I had to investigate. I was hoping it was full of Dreamies but there were only papers in it. My human said the allotments look very ‘Autumnal’ – that’s a funny word, isn’t it! She says some weird things.

  9. Rolf report 9 Nov

    My American human plays many roles in my life. He feeds me, entertains me, comforts me & transports me. He also acts as a high platform when I’m on dog alert. I can jump to the safety of his shoulders in a single leap. He’s more comfortable than a tree.

    Rolf x

  10. The weather is not nice enough for golf yet so have taken a break from looking for my clubs. I seem to recall they are in a blue bag , but I could be wrong.

  11. Good morning to everyone apart from those who like Battenburg. And those who like marzipan. In fact anyone who like almond tasting stuff can fuck off. Dirty vile pigs!

  12. Can confirm Fat Pat has an accident this afternoon crashing into a glass window. She’s still alive. Current status = beak deep in a Gregg’s festive bake.

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