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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


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
Image copyright TED CORDERY
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
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
Image copyright RICHARD HANCOX

“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
Image copyright RICHARD HANCOX
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


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.


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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The best iPhone security apps to keep your data safe and secure

These mobile security apps will help keep iOS and your apps safe from hackers

Apple builds some security and privacy protection into its iPhones and iPads by default. Its iMessage protocol, for instance, uses end-to-end encryption when sending messages to other Apple devices. This is no different in iOS 11, the most recent version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

There are a number of ways to protect your privacy in iOS 11 with Apple’s own settings but there are also plenty of third-party applications that can further help you to control your data. We’ve run down some of the best iPhone security apps that can aid you in keeping your information secure.

Onion browser

From the creators of Tor, the iOS browsing app allows for secure browsing via your iPhone or iPad. The app, from developer Mike Tigas, is open-source and allows access to .onion websites. It also automatically blocks scripts, doesn’t store cookies and tabs and has a load of user preferences.


One way to ensure you use secure passwords is to use a password manager. LastPass remembers all your passwords and sensitive information, and you can use the app to generate strong and unique passwords. The app keeps everything secure using AES 256-bit encryption.


From the team behind the virtual private network, NordVPN, is an iOS app which re-routes and encrypts all web traffic making the connection private and secure while using a top of the line security protocol.


Signal is an encrypted messaging and voice-calling app that provides end-to-end encryption to secure all communications. It can also verify the identity of a person you’re messaging and the integrity of the channel they are using.


If you want to get really secure, messaging app Wire was recently named the most secure instant messenger by Linz University, Austria. It offers encrypted live audio and visual group calling and allows you to use different keys for each device, with Wire sending a unique keycode for every different login to maintain security.


Keeply stores a user’s private moments and data, such as pins, credit cards and notes on the phone. It provides a Fake Pin feature, an alternate password that the user can give to their family or friends so when they enter the app, so to their prying eyes it looks like it is empty.

Lock It Up!

Lock It Up! allows users to lock a PC or Mac from anywhere using an iPhone. It’s cloud-based, so you don’t need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for it to work. The app does run in the background, but it promises not to consume much CPU.

Knock 2.0

Similar to Lock It Up!, owners simply need to knock twice on their iPhone to lock a Mac, even if it’s in their pocket. You can also use Knock 2.0 on an Apple Watch: after a fingerprint is provided, users can lock or unlock their Mac with just one tap.


Mynigma is an email security app that provides automatic end-to-end encryption directly on your device, not in the cloud. It allows users to easily manage keys and can be used across different devices too.


6 Words You Need To Eliminate From Your Professional Vocabulary

Everyone wants to be seen as eloquent, intelligent and credible. To ensure you’re being perceived in the way you want, begin eliminating these words from your professional vocabulary.


Many job seekers use this word when they’re hung up on how to kick off an interview answer. However, beginning a sentence this way can give hiring managers the impression that maybe your previous responses weren’t so honest.


This seemingly simple word is often used but rarely needed. It also packs a big punch to detract from your credibility and confidence and negates from the importance of your message. Instead of sending an email that begins with “Just wanted to check in…” say “I’m checking in on X, Y and Z.” The adjustment is small, but there is a big difference in the resulting impression you leave.


This is a valueless word that can be replaced with more descriptive and meaningful expressions. Instead of “How are things going with our project?” a question positioned as “Can you share an update on how our project timeline is progressing” is clearer and will likely give you the real answer you need. Another example: In an interview or cover letter, instead of saying “there are many things that make me a great candidate,” say the things!


How familiar does this sound – “Sorry, Wednesday doesn’t work for me.” Women are the most frequent culprits in the overuse of this word, but everyone should stop apologizing for anything they’re not really sorry for. Offer a solution or counterpoint: “Wednesday is booked for me. Are you available Y or Z?” – and save the apologies for when you mean them.


In the workplace, don’t hope – deliver. Instead of “Hopefully, we’ll hear back about this by Monday,” say “I asked for an answer by Monday morning, and if I don’t hear back, I will follow up.”

Your speech disfluencies. 

Everyone has these – it could be an um, ah, like, right or ‘you know what I mean.’ These are the phrases or words used to fill up dead air and end sentences, but they are also credibility killers. Further, these words are usually said involuntarily, meaning most people are unaware they’re using them. For my coaching clients, I always recommend they videotape themselves at least once during an interview prep or when practicing a presentation. You’ll catch your “likes” and “ums” immediately and can begin practicing speaking without them.

Source: 6 Words You Need To Eliminate From Your Professional Vocabulary

This short story dispenser helps you pass the time with literature

Imagine being at the DMV, but instead of waiting in line with other grumpy people while idly scrolling through your phone, you can read a short story — a nice poem, perhaps. French publisher Short Edition created the Short Story Dispenser as a way for customers waiting in lines at places like airports and train stations to fill their time with something a little more meaningful. All users have to do is push a button labeled 1, 3, or 5 (corresponding to the number of minutes of reading) to get a short story printed for free. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

A 5-minute read and 3-minute read.
 Photo by Dami Lee / The Verge

The machine dispenses readings from Short Edition’s website, which offers more than 13 million works by 6,800 authors selected by readers from the Short Edition community, to classic literary short works from authors such as Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. Authors also get royalties every time one of their stories is printed, which is a nice bonus. Stories are printed on a “lively papyrus” which, the longer the read, the more it resembles a CVS receipt. It works like a receipt too, using eco-friendly paper and no ink.

Image: Short Edition

The Short Story Dispenser made its debut at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, and is now available in more than 150 locations. Most of them are in France, but there’s about 20 machines expanding throughout the US. Francis Ford Coppola is a fan — in addition to being an investor, he has a machine installed at his Café Zoetrope in San Francisco, the first in the US.

Personally, I love it; it’s a simple, nice amenity that offers bite-sized literature in unexpected places where people generally wouldn’t reach for a book, and anything that keeps me from reading Twitter is a good thing.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/tech

Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas – BBC News

Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions.

In Ireland, 79 pilots based in Dublin will strike for one day on 20 December.

The airline, which does not recognise unions, said they represented about 28% of its Dublin-based captains.

Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December.

The airline said last week it would “ignore” the Italian move, claiming staff rarely heeded calls to walk out.

Pilots based in Portugal and Germany also plan industrial action.

Cockpit, the German pilots’ union, said its Ryanair members would strike for better pay and conditions if the airline refused to begin talks, but vowed not to disrupt flights over Christmas.

Ryanair said it would “not deal with or recognise” the German union “regardless of what action – if any – takes place”.

Unions have long argued that their airline fails to offer pilots the same pay and conditions as its rivals.

Impact, the Irish pilots’ union, said the dispute was “solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company”, said official Ashley Connolly.

The union warned of further strikes if Ryanair failed to reach agreement with its members.

“Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologise sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action… may cause,” the company said.

It said the Dublin staff who planned to strike were a “small group of pilots who are working their notice and will shortly leave Ryanair, so they don’t care how much upset they cause colleagues or customers”.

Analysts at Goodbody said although there were deep divisions between pilots and Ryanair management, the “headlines are worse than the reality on the ground” they wrote in a note.

In September Ryanair said more than 2,000 flights would be cancelled this winter after it rearranged pilots’ rosters to comply with new aviation rules.

Later that month it announced 18,000 further flights would be cancelled over the winter season, affecting more than 700,000 passengers.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary wrote to its 4,200 pilots to apologise for the changes to their rotas and urged them not to leave the airline.

However, this week it warned Dublin pilots they would lose agreed benefits by striking.

Many of the airline’s pilots have joined unions following the cancellations, but Ryanair said it could legally decline to negotiate with them.

Some passengers face disruption after 79 Dublin-based pilots and others around Europe plan walkouts.

Source: Ryanair pilots to strike before Christmas – BBC News

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.”