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 to 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 Ski 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 singled an ambush at 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! Lucky, 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 with 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 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 like throwing his briefcase of 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 of 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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Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story for the Super Nintendo. This game was originally released in Japan as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story. This game’s  storyline takes place after the 3rd season of Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon S).

 

The Inner Senshi are Serena Tsukino/Princess Neo-Serenity of the Moon/Sailor Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Cosmic Power/Super Moon Crisis Power)(Techniques: Moon Tiara Action-Tiara based Boomerang, Moon Healing Escalation-Mystical healing spell, Moon Spiral Heart Attack and Rainbow Moon HeartAche-Techniques utilized via the Spiral Heart Moon Scepter),

Rini/Serena & Darien’s future daughter from 30th century Crystal Tokyo/Sailor Mini-Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Prism Power)(Techniques: Pink Sugar Heart Attack and Pink Sugar HeartAche),

Ami Mizuno/Academic/Princess of the planet Mercury/Sailor Mercury (Transformation Call: Mercury Star Power)(Techniques: Mercury Bubbles-Mist/Freeze, Shine Aqua Illusion and Mercury Aqua Mirage),

Rei Hino/Spiritual Priestess/Princess of the planet Mars/Sailor Mars (Transformation Call: Mars Star Power)(Techniques: Mars Fire Soul-Ignite/Bird, Mars Celestial Fire Surround and Mars Fire-Snake),

Lita Kino/Martial Artist/Gourmet Cook/Princess of the planet Jupiter/Sailor Jupiter (Transformation Call: Jupiter Star Power)(Techniques: Supreme Thunder-Crash/Dragon, Jupiter ThunderCloud Zap and Jupiter Coconut Cyclone),

Mina Aino/Athlete/Idol in Training/Princess of the planet Venus/Sailor Venus (Transformation Call: Venus Star Power)(Techniques: Crescent Beam-Smash/Meteor Shower, Venus Love Chain-&-Circle and Venus Wink Sword).

 

The Outer Senshi are Amara Tenou/Race-Car Driver/Martial Artist/Princess of the planet Uranus/Sailor Uranus (Transformation Call: Uranus Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Space Sword)(Techniques: Uranus World Shaking and Space Sword Blaster),

Michelle Kaiou/ Violinist/Olympic Swimmer/Princess of the planet Neptune/Sailor Neptune (Transformation Call: Neptune Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Aqua Mirror)(Techniques: Neptune Deep Submerge and Submarine Reflection),

Trista Meiou/Academic/Guardian of Time/Princess of the planet Pluto/Sailor Pluto (Transformation Call: Pluto Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Chronol Staff)(Techniques: Pluto Deadly Scream, Chrono’s Cyclone and Time Freeze),

Hotaru Tomoe/Rini’s Best Friend/Guardian of Death & ReBirth/Princess of the planet Saturn/Sailor Saturn (Transformation Call: Saturn Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Silence Glaive aka the Grim Reaper’s Scythe)(Technique: Deathly ReBirth Revolution).

 

A few of the locations featured this game are Tokyo, the North Pole, the ancient Moon Kingdom known as Silver Millenium (Past & Present) and Crystal Tokyo (Future circa 30th Century).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game truly symbolizes both the beliefs and ideals of Universal Trust & Friendship. Thus I quote in the words of Sailor Moon to evildoers everywhere “in the Name of the Moon, I shall Punish You!”.

(Game Poster)

 

 

(Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive)

(Sailor Uranus’ Space Sword)

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(Sailor Neptune’s Aqua Mirror)

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(Sailor Pluto’s Chronol Staff)

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Mega Man: Legends(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mega Man: Legends for the PlayStation 1. The story timeline in this game takes place around 80XX which is sixty thousand years after the events of the classic Mega Man game series. Around that time, the world was mostly covered in water, save for several islands as well as some ancient ruins that are located either in the ocean or on the islands themselves.

 

The story setting in this game takes place on Kattelox Island. The locations on Kattelox Island that you visit are Kattelox City’s Cardon Forest/Market Street/Junk Shop(South), DownTown/Library(Central), UpTown/Museum/TV Studio/Hospital/Boat House/Lake Jyun(West), Old City/Main Gate ruins(East) and Clozer Woods/Bank/Police Station/City Hall(North).

 

The main protagonists are MegaMan Volnutt (Main Hero)(Digger: adventurers that explore ancient ruins), Roll Caskett (Engineer)(Spotter: an adventurer’s assistant who alerts said Diggers to oncoming dangers), Barrel Caskett (Roll’s grandfather)(Veteran Digger) and Data (a Robotic Monkey/MegaMan’s faithful companion).

 

The main antagonists are MegaMan Juno (MegaMan’s evil twin) as well as a family of pirates called the Bonnes which consist of Tron Bonne (Engineer), Teisel Bonne (Leader)(Tron’s big brother), Bon Bonne (a mechanized infant)(Tron’s little brother) and the Servbots (41 indestructible midget robots created by Tron Bonne).

 

The vehicles used by the protagonists in this game are comprised of an explorer’s van, an explorer’s boat and the Flutter (MegaMan’s personal AirShip).

 

The vehicles used by the Bonnes in this game are comprised of Ferdinand (Tron’s OctoRobot), MarlWolf (Teisel’s ultimate digging machine), Balkon Gerat (the Bonne’s mechanized Sea Serpent), Theodore Bruno (the Bonne’s mechanized Giant), Focke-Wulf (the Bonne’s mechanized Dragon) and the Gesellschaft (the Bonne’s Personal WarShip).

 

In conclusion, I found this MegaMan game to be one of the most highly challenging RPGs in the entire history of MegaMan.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to preview the upcoming PlayStation 4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man. This game’s storyline is a unique one that is not tied to any existing Comic Book, Video Game, or Movie Film.

 

The main hero in this game is Peter Parker/Spider-Man (23 Years Old)(Suits: Standard, Spider-Noir (Black & White film scenarios), Spider-Punk, Spider-Venom (Alien Symbiote), HomeMade (Spider-Man: HomeComing) and the Iron-Spider (Avengers: Infinity War).

 

The antagonists in this game are Wilson Fisk/the Kingpin (New York’s Crime Boss), Herman Schultz/Shocker (Weapons: Twin Vibro-Shock Gauntlets), Tony Masters/TaskMaster (Powers: the ability to Memorize/Replicate/Duplicate the Abilities/Weaponry of his enemies such as Captain America’s Shield and Hawkeye’s Bow & Arrows), Norman Osborne/Green Goblin, Martin Li/Mister Negative and the Inner Demons (a syndicate run by Mister Negative himself).

 

The supporting cast of characters are Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, Miles Morales, May Parker (Peter Parker’s Aunt) and Mary Jane Watson.

 

In conclusion, I believe this Spider-Man game is without a doubt the grand sum of all the Web-Slingers’ heroic actions throughout the years. “long live Stan Lee’s Friendly, Neighborhood Spider-Man.”

(LOGO)

 

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(Iron-Spider)(Avengers: Infinity War)

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(Spider-Punk)

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Spider-Venom)(Alien Symbiote)

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(HomeMade)(Spider-Man: HomeComing)
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(Spider-Noir)

Mega Man X: Legacy Collection(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Mega Man X: Legacy Collection for the PlayStation 4. This game is comprised of 8 Mega Man X games that are divided between 2 game discs. The story setting for these games takes place 100 years after the events of the classic Mega Man series.

 

The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 1 (Disc1) are Mega Man X1 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X2 (Super Nintendo), Mega Man X3 (Super Nintendo) and Mega Man X4 (PlayStation 1). The Mega Man X games on Mega Man X: Legacy Collection 2 (Disc2) are Mega Man X5 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X6 (PlayStation 1), Mega Man X7 (PlayStation 2) and Mega Man X8 (PlayStation 2).

 

The main characters are X (Mega Man version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapon: X Buster), Zero (ProtoMan version 10.0)(Hero)(Weapons: Zero Buster/Beam Saber), Axl (Hero)(Weapon: Dual Blasters), Vile (Villain)(Weapons: Shoulder Cannon/Vile Buster/Ride Armor) and Sigma (Villain)(Weapon: Beam Weaponry).

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X1 are Chill Penguin, Storm Eagle, Spark Mandrill, Flame Mammoth, Armored Armadillo, Launch Octopus, Sting Chameleon and Boomerang Kuwanger. The main antagonists of Mega Man X2 are Crystal Snail, Wire Sponge, Magna Centipede, Morph Moth, Overdrive Ostrich, Flame Stag, Bubble Crab and Wheel Gator.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X3 are Blast Hornet, Blizzard Buffalo, Toxic Seahorse, Tunnel Rhino, Volt Catfish, Crush Crawfish, Neon Tiger and Gravity Beetle. The main antagonists of Mega Man X4 are Slash Beast, Split Mushroom, Jet Stingray, Web Spider, Frost Walrus, Storm Owl, Cyber Peacock and Magma Dragoon.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X5 are Crescent Grizzly, Tidal Whale, Shining Firefly, Spike Rosered, Dark Necrobat, Burn Dinorex, Volt Kraken and Spiral Pegasus. The main antagonists of Mega Man X6 are Infinity Mijinion, Shield Sheldon, Metal Shark Player, Ground Scaravich, Blaze Heatnix, Blizzard Wolfang, Rainy Turtloid and Commander Yammark.

 

The main antagonists of Mega Man X7 are Soldier Stonekong, Tornado Tonion, Splash fly, Flame Hyenard, Rise Boarski, Snipe Anteator, Wind Crowrang and Vanishing Gungaroo. The main antagonists of Mega Man X8 are Bamboo Pandamonium, Optic Sunflower, Dark Mantis, Gravity Antonion, Earthrock Trilobyte, Gigabolt Man-O-War, Burn Rooster and Avalanche Yeti.

 

In conclusion, I found through these games that the scientific legacy of Dr. Thomas Light will continue to exist forevermore through the heroic actions of every Mega Man that ever existed or ever will exist.

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Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1&2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review both Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 & Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 for the PlayStation 4. Both games are remastered collections of every classic Mega Man games from Mega Man 1 all the way to Mega Man 10.

 

The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection are Mega Man 7, 8, 9 & 10.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Dr. Thomas Light and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1: CutMan, GutsMan, IceMan, FireMan, BombMan and ElecMan. Mega Man 2: MetalMan, AirMan, BubbleMan, WoodMan, HeatMan, CrashMan, FlashMan and QuickMan. Mega Man 3: Needle Man, Magnet Man, Gemini Man, HardMan, TopMan, SnakeMan, SparkMan & ShadowMan. Mega Man 4: BrightMan, ToadMan, DrillMan, RingMan, DustMan, DiveMan, PharaohMan and SkullMan. Mega Man 5: Gravity Man, WaveMan, StoneMan, GyroMan, StarMan ChargeMan, NapalmMan and CrystalMan. Mega Man 6: Blizzard Man, Flame Man, WindMan, Plant Man, Knight Man, Centaur Man, TomahawkMan and YamatoMan.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Duo, Dr. Thomas Light, Forte/Bass, Treble and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 7: Freeze Man, JunkMan, BurstMan, CloudMan, SpringMan, SlashMan, TurboMan and ShadeMan. Mega Man 8: Tengu Man, FrostMan, ClownMan, Grenade Man, SearchMan, AquaMan, Sword Man and AstroMan. Mega Man 9: SplashWoman, Hornet Man, PlugMan, Concrete Man, Tornado Man, MagmaMan, JewelMan and GalaxyMan. Mega Man 10: PumpMan, ChillMan, SheepMan, StrikeMan, NitroMan, Commando Man, Blade Man and SolarMan.

 

In conclusion, I found these two Mega Man games to be a celebratory anniversary of the entire classic Mega Man franchise (Hooray for Mega Man aka “the Blue Bomber”).

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Hunter’s Presentation at SEEDs for Autism

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism and we incorporate practicing these skills into every aspect of our program. Creating power point presentations is a creative way for our participants to build confidence, improve communication skills and inspire others. In this presentation, Hunter speaks to a roomful of his peers on the topic of “Manners”.