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juergen mayer (#47534583)
 member for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days
Brian Gower from Wales
Holy Night
Have a happy holy night with your family.

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Dec 23, 2011 4:33 PM

Brian Gower from Wales
HELLO AGAIN!
Dear Juergen,

Well I've returned from Cornwall which I enjoyed despite the cold, wind and rain, and it remains for me and Janet the most magical place in the kingdom.

The kaiser was not to blame for the Great War nor was the German Empire guilty; the war was a tragic mistake leading to a huge waste of life although there was much courage and heroism on the battlefield; more big mistakes were made at Versailles in 1919. Later visits by former PM David Lloyd-George and the Duke of Windsor encouraged the Third Reich to pick fights in central Europe.

WWII could have been avoided I think but having declared war Britain was unprepared; Dunkirk was a disgrace. In 1940 recruits like my father trained without rifles; we were lucky not to lose before the Soviets and Americans arrived on the scene. Sadly, it was a war that bred criminals. I still don't understand all the hatreds and violence. I believe war has its own logic and simply makes things worse. Perhaps Jesus of Nazareth was right after all!

I have worked with Muslims many years and find them an admirable people. The media tend to lump them all together but you only have to go to Hyde Park in London to see ordinary Muslims criticising the fanatics; Christians were also once violently fanatical. I wonder what Jesus and Mohammed really think of their followers! Of course one should be free to criticise - as Wilders successfully did last week in the Netherlands - and hold to your values, but as much as possible "live and let live" as we say over here.

Sorry for another long epistle from the Welsh!

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 26, 2011 5:38 PM

Mary
Hi, Juergen,
Welcome to Find A Grave!

I love cats, too. Right now I have 7 of them. When I saw that cat, Cleocatra Sharples, who had lived over 25 years, I just had to sponsor her and get her some tributes. I've never read the books of Penelope Smith, but I bet she was a cat lover, too.

Kind of a quiet day--my Husband is enjoying Father's Day and our son is going to treat both of us out to dinner later this evening.

Before I leave, I'll visit Pres. Chester A. Arthur...

Take Care and have a Great Week!

Mary

Added by Mary on Jun 19, 2011 5:42 PM

Brian Gower from Wales
GOODBYE FOR NOW
Dear Juergen,

Much truth in what you say my friend. Will give you a more considered reply on my return from Cornwall; meanwhile no doubt you will continue to enjoy Findagrave.com and contact other people no doubt.
I have made a note of your address so that I can write to you from Cornwall...where we are headed in a few minutes.

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 18, 2011 2:26 AM

Brian Gower from Wales
POPE BENEDICT XVI
Dear Juergen (I keep spelling your name differntly!),

Many thanks for your message. I don't understand why they stopped your message to me about Daphne du Maurier; I suggest you write and ask for an explanation, because it simply doesn't make sense.
I'm pleased that you got to see Ernst Junger on his birthday; it must have been a marvellous occasion for you: you must have felt very privileged.
As for the Pope: there are some elements of the British Press that are still anti-German and narrow minded; Coventry and London were hit badly by the Luftwaffe during the war, but Germany suffered far worse and extensively from Allied bombing. Thankfully you and I were born after the war, although we live with the legacy of the past, good and bad.
I look forward to visiting the Pope's birthplace when next in beautiful Bavaria!

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 17, 2011 6:03 PM

Brian Gower from Wales
WILFINGEN AND DAPHNE DU MAURIER
Dear Jurgen

Browsing the latest messages I discovered one from you concerning Ernst Junger and Daphne du Maurier which I had not answered, so apologies for not replying sooner.
Ernest Junger's house in Wilfingen looks large and spelendid and it must be a great honour to visit there and stop at his grave...like walking on holy ground. Did you ever get to meet him personally, or even see him at a distance? That would have been very special.It must be very rewarding to meet fellow "pilgrims" and discuss favourite works by the great man. Wish I knew about him when I visited Bavaria last year(still, the beer was excellent!)as it's not too far from EJ's home. Maybe next time.
Many years ago I had a girlfriend, Jennifer, whose favourite author was Daphne du Maurier and she raved about her works: I think her favourite was Rebecca (The Loving Spirit was her first book it seems). Coincidentally my partner Janet and I head for Cornwall tomorrow for a week's holiday (vacation). Many of her stories are based in Cornwall, which long ago the English named West Wales because my people (the Welsh) and the Cornish spoke a similar language (Welsh and Cornish are still very similar and I delight in comparing and contrasting current Welsh/Cornish words). If you want I can send you a postcard from Cornwall.
By the way there's another coincidence: you mentioned President Arthur; legend has it that King Arthur ruled from Tintagel in Cornwall!
I am told that Swabians can be recognized by their foreheads? They certainly have brains!
Sorry for another long message

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 17, 2011 7:54 AM

Brian Gower from Wales
Chester A Arthur
Hi Juergen

I can't think why your message was stopped unless it mentioned the name of the Leader of the Third Reich in which case it will be examined in case it upsets me! I'm afraid there's censorship even on this excellent web-site, but I look forward to receiving it nevertheless.
As for President Arthur: the last US president's biography I read was Harry Truman by the British (Welsh) writer and politician Roy Jenkins; war and post-war politics propelled him to greatness, in retrospect, yet he was a modest man.
President Arthur started out as a machine politician and became president following Garfield's assassination, then surprised everyone by his non-partisan reforms (I gleaned that much from Google!). I will search my library or Amazon Books for your recommendation, for which I am grateful.
What do you think of President Obama? I believe he will take American defence and foreign policy in a new and pragmatic direction leaving the Europeans to sort out their own problems, including North Africa, yet he could well lose in November 2012. Sorry if this has been too long.

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 15, 2011 5:10 PM

Brian Gower from Wales
RE: Ernst Jünger
Hi Juergun

Greetings from South Wales and a big welcome to Findagrave.com. Many thanks for your kind greeting; I apologise for not being able to reply in German. Ernst Junger was certainly a remarkable man, brave warrior and fascinating writer, and I am grateful for your advice on the spiritual aspects of his works, which I look forward to reading in the near future. Please keep in touch.

Best wishes,
Brian

Added by Brian Gower from Wales on Jun 15, 2011 12:25 PM

 
 

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