Jeff’s Gallery: Lieutenant Colonel “Mad” Jack Churchill

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Jolly old England has always been a place of some tough fighting men. This one who stuck out was John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, or just “Fighting Jack or Mad Jack,” who served honorably in WWII using a longbow and a broadsword like in the Middle Ages and survived.

Mad Jack was born in Hong Kong in 1906, but his family moved constantly from there to Surrey, England until settling down for good in 1917. His father and grandfather both served in the Ceylon Civil Service. (Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka, just by the tip of India) Jack went to King William’s College in the Isle of Man and then to Royal Military College in Sandhurst. He graduated in 1926 and entered the army that year and served in the Burma Rebellion of 1930-32. He became a lover of motorcycles around this time and is said to ride his 1,500 miles in India, from Rangoon to Poona then to Calcutta to catch a boat back to Rangoon, on paved and unpaved roads. He also developed his strange eccentricities and disregard for certain modern military behavior at that time, like intently studying the wrong campaigns for a promotion exam or using non regulation equipment, probably due to boredom in a peacetime army. He even got in trouble for bringing an umbrella on parade. His reasoning, “because it was raining.” He was also a skilled archer and bagpiper, despite not being Scottish. He won second place in a piping competition in the annual Aldershot Military Tattoo (performance) in 1938 and represented Great Britain in 1939 World Archery Championships.

In 1936 he left the military and moved to Nairobi, Kenya and made a living as a male model and newspaper editor.

 

In 1940, World War II reared it’s ugly head and Jack was called back to action as a member of the British Expeditionary Force to France. During this time he fought with his now trademark  basket hilt Scottish broadsword and longbow. He signaled an ambush one time by shooting a German sergeant with a barbed arrow, the first British soldier to do so in 500 years. Sometimes he even played the bagpipes in combat. Some favorite songs were “March of the Cameron Men”and “ Will ye no come back again?”  Later he joined the British Commandos, and fought bravely in a number of campaigns across Europe. Once he and a corporal captured 42 enemy soldiers single handed.

 

For all his defiance of danger, it eventually caught up with him, however. In 1944 a grenade knocked him unconscious and Fighting Jack was captured by the Germans. Due to his name he was mistaken for Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s brother and taken to Berlin for interrogation and sent to infamous Sachsenhausen concentration camp! With the help of a few survivors of the famous  breakout from Stalag Luft III, Jack made a “Great Escape” of his own and attempted to make it to the Baltic Coast. They made it to the city of Rostock but were recaptured and were among those in transport to Tyrol. This notorious event during the near end of the War in Europe was an attempt to execute high profit prisoners by the SS! Luckily, soldiers from the Wehrmacht (regular German armed forces) protected the prisoners. While most of the prisoners waited for Allied forces near the Pragser Wildsee lake, Mad Jack walked 93 miles to an American encampment in Verona, Italy.

 

Later he returned to his old stomping ground and served back in Burma. However the war was soon over when the United States dropped the atomic bombs in Japan. Jack, apparently enjoying the war complained, “If it weren’t for those damned Yanks, we could have kept the war going for another ten years.” Still there was more adventure for him in the British Mandate of Palestine and he served in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He helped cover fire in the Hadassah Medical Convoy Massacre against the Arabs and later escorted 700 doctors, students, and patients on the Hebrew University to safety.

Fighting Jack became an instructor of land-air warfare in Australia later in life and became a devotee of surfing. He also used his skills in archery and bag-piping as an extra in several movies before and after the war. He retired from service in 1959 and returned to England and took up a desk job. He remained a notable eccentric, throwing his briefcase off the train on his way home to work and startling others. The British soldier whose motto was: “Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed,” died in 1996 in the land of his childhood, Surry. For his service he won two Distinguished Service Orders and two Military Crosses (for those not familiar with the British Honers System that what the bar on the medals is for).

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images from discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au and emedals.com

And to answer one last question, no, Mad Jack was not Winston Churchill’s brother or relative, at least not directly, though the Prime Minister did have a brother Jack who was a decorated officer in his own right.

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My Experience at the MIM by Sydney

Last Friday, I went to the Musical Instrument Museum with Quin, my hab worker and I had an amazing time there looking at all the exhibits. There were instruments from all over the world, like violins, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, drums and many others. There were different galleries on instruments from different parts of the world like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and The Middle East. All the exhibits had regional costumes. There was an exhibit on musicians like Elvis Presley. There was another exhibit on different kinds of music like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Country and Pop music. I had the best time looking at all the instruments. My favorite part was getting to see all the amazing instruments. My favorite instrument was the Grand Piano in the foyer.

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Spring Poetry at SEEDs for Autism

Writing poetry encourages creativity and self-expression. Poetry stirs the imagination and helps us grow emotionally and intellectually as we examine our thoughts and feelings in a symbolic way.  Here, the participants at SEEDs for Autism use poetry to celebrate the coming of Spring!

 

Video Games Live(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Video Games Live. Video Games Live is a concert featuring video game music as well as a collaborated/synchronized mixture of lighting, Effects and interactive segments.

 

Video Games Live tours the entire world and was originally founded/created/hosted by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall in 2002. On July 6, 2005, Video Games Live made its big debut at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

 

In conclusion, Video Games Live has been around for 16 years and is scheduled to perform in Phoenix, AZ at Symphony Hall on March 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Plus, I found Video Games Live to be an event where one relives one’s youth as well as experiences Tommy’s dream of merging video games with the musical sounds of a symphony orchestra/rock concert.

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Dark Cloud 2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review Dark Cloud 2 for the PlayStation 2.

 

In this game, you must rebuild the past in order to restore the future, thereby foiling the temporal machinations of the evil Emperor Griffin. As such , This game centers around the concepts of architectural construction as well as time travel.

 

The main protagonists in this game are comprised of Max (main hero)(weapons: Wrench/Gun) & Monica (main heroine)(weapons: Sword/Magic). The main antagonists in this game are comprised of Gaspard (dark assassin)(weapon:Sword) & Emperor Griffin (Main Villain)(weapon: Twin Swords).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game takes your architectural constructive skills to new heights in a challenging way.

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Final Fantasy X(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review the PlayStation 2 game Final Fantasy X.

 

This game takes place on an alternate version of Earth called Spira which comprises of grand cities, ancient temples & sacred land masses. Here is some examples of some areas in the game you will encounter in the game which consists of Besaid island, the Stadium in Luca, Bevelle temple, Mt. Gagazet & the city of Zanarkand.

 

The protagonists in this game consist of Tidus (BlitzBall player/Guardian)(weapon: LongSwords), Yuna (Summoner/White mage)(weapon: Staffs), Auron (Warrior Monk/Guardian)(weapon: Katanas), Wakka (BlitzBall player/Guardian)(weapon: BlitzBalls), Lulu (Guardian/Black mage)(weapon: Dolls), Kimahri Ronso (Guardian)(weapon: Spears) & Rikku (Guardian)(weapon: Gauntlets).

 

The antagonists in this game consist of Sin (Monster/Incarnation of Darkness), Seymour Guado (Villain/Evil Mastermind), Jecht (Tidus’ father/BlitzBall player/Guardian) & Yu Yevon (Demonic Spirit/Embodiment of Evil).

 

In conclusion, this game teaches those who play it to play out their own life stories in real life situations.

Valefor (Wind Aeon-Besaid temple)

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Ifrit (Fire Aeon-Kilika temple)

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Ixion (Thunder Aeon-Djose temple)

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Shiva (Ice Aeon-Macalania temple)

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Final Fantasy VIII(Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review the PlayStation 1 game Final Fantasy VIII.

 

This game takes place on a parallel version of Earth orbited by 1 moon & 2 suns as well as comprised of 3 continents which consist of Balamb, Galbadia, and Esthar. A few examples of some major locations featured in this game are consisted of Balamb Garden (Military Academy/main HQ), Deling City (Galbadia’s capital), D-District Prison (Galbadia’s maximum security prison) & the Lunar Base (a Estharian space station).

 

The protagonists in this game consist of Squall Leonhart (main hero/taciturn/lone wolf)(weapon: GunBlade-gun shaped sword)(design: Revolver), Rinoa Heartilly (resistance leader/potential sorceress)(weapon: Blaster Edge-bladed projectile), Quistis Trepe (Balamb Garden’s instructor/blue mage)(weapon: Chain Whip), Zell Dincht (Martial Artist)(weapon: Gauntlets), Selphie Tilmitt (weapon: Nunchaku), Irvine Kinneas (an elite sharpshooter/cowboy/ladies man)(weapon: Rifle) & Laguna Loire (Squall’s father/ex-Galbadian soldier)(weapon: Machine Gun).

 

The antagonists in this game consist of Ultimecia (main villainess/futuristic sorceress)(weapons: Magic/Manipulator of Time) & Seifer Almasy (Squall’s rival/disciplinarian)(weapon: GunBlade-gun shaped sword)(design: Hyperion).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be quite action packed yet emotionally heartwarming.

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