Hi folks,

This week saw hugely emotional scenes as Auschwitz survivors returned to mark 75 years since the camp was liberated by Allied forces. No political comment to be made here, but it really is vital that we never forget both the suffering of the victims and the sacrifice and bravery of the liberators.
 
We do have a few comments on this story though! As it has been decided that Big Ben will not bong to mark Britain’s exit from the EU, the money raised from donations is set to be given to Help for Heroes. Now, a military charity is a great cause but why choose one that is already so cash-rich, while smaller charities struggle to get by and to provide the vital help that is needed by current and former servicemen and women?
 
The very day after this story broke, it was announced that a veteran respite centre was to close due to lack of funding. We’d love to know what you think – should one charity get all the coverage and money, losing us the personal touch and local knowledge of smaller ones? Do you agree with this decision or do you think the money could have been split among a number of good causes? Let us know over on our Facebook page, please!
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News round–up    

SPARTA Study Aims to Tailor Military Training in the United Kingdom

Catterick Army base crush contractor served in Afghanistan

Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests

Tobias Ellwood MP: The UK must prepare for a dangerous decade and seek a more influential role

Brave Tom named as UK captain for Invictus Games

Royal Marines Recruit Dies After Training Incident

US Space Force logo looks like one from Star Trek

Veterans' charity Combat Stress stops new referrals over funding crisis
 
Ex-German Army interpreter accused of spying for Iranian intelligence
 
Royal Military Police officer jailed for sexual assault after court martial
 
Norfolk woman is first to become RAF Regiment Gunner
 
THE ART OF WAR Incredible pics capture lives of British soldiers on elite training drills in Army Photographer of the Year competition

Veterans railcard for cheaper train fares to launch on Armistice Day

Men's military service may shape wives' experience of widowhood
 
Ex-military chiefs launch outspoken attack on state of Royal Navy warships
 
LGBT Falklands veteran's 'over the moon' at medal return
 
MoD manager to lead Palace of Westminster refurb
 
Far-right activist sent to Scotland to infiltrate army as veterans targeted by race hate groups
 
Veterans’ farewell to Army heroine who had no close relatives
 
US Space Force mocked for unveiling camouflage uniforms
 
Accrington trainee soldier caught drink-driving had live bullet
 
First Official British Army Team Completes World's Toughest Row
 
'TOTAL SHOCK' Army sergeant accused of groping a married woman at his own promotion party
 
Falkland Islands FURY: Argentina brand British ship in region 'new act of militarisation'

World War 3: Defence secretary warns Iran over threat to European soldiers
 
Veterans help their recovery by building Viking Boat

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Joke: Amazing pig 

Two farmers, John and Henry, were sitting around talking about their day when John notices a pig with a wooden leg hobbling across the front yard. He turned to his friend and asks, "Henry, why does that pig have a wooden leg?"

"Well, John, that pig…," his eyes mist up, "That pig's mighty special! A few weeks back a wild boar attacked me while I was in the woods. That pig there came a runnin', went after that boar and fought him off. Saved my life!"

"And the boar tore up his leg?"

"No, just got a few scratches, nothing too serious. But that night the barn caught fire. That ol' pig started squealin' like he was stuck, woke us up, and before we got out here, the darn thing had herded the other animals out of the barn and saved them all!"

"Ahh so that's when he hurt his leg?"

"No, John, the next day my tractor hit a rock and rolled down the hill into the pond. I got knocked clean out. When I came to, that pig had dove into the pond and dragged me out…but that's not how he hurt his leg." "Oh no, no, he was fine. Cleaned him up real nice, too."

"Okay, Henry. So just tell me. How did he lose his leg?"

"Well", Henry begins to explain, "A pig that amazing…you don't want to eat all at once."

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