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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
November 1945
23rd My cold a little better. Vera still bad. Can't eat anything. Mother trying to carry on.
22nd My cold bad. Nearly went on 9.30 but just managed to catch 8.30 bus. Came home on 4.15 and had fire in drawingroom. Vera bad in bed. Had to call us up in night. Sylvia called and borrowed 18. (18 = 506 in 2010).
21st Dull and milder. Have got another cold. Rather bad one this time I think. Had fire in drawingroom. Vera taken ill in afternoon. Feels sick and got pains.
20th Dull and misty. Feel a bit sniffy this evening.
19th Still dull and cold.
18th Cold day and dull.
17th Cold. Had holiday. George pulled big pieces of paper off wall on stairs. Ought to have gone shopping but didn't.
16th Another sharp frost. Cold gone.
15th Cold with sharp white frost. First this winter. Not very well. Had pain all day, cold come back again. Statement on Atom Bomb by Truman and Attlee. ('Declaration on Atomic Bomb' by U.S. President Harry S. Truman; U.K. Prime Minister C.R. Attlee; and Canadian Prime Minister W.L. MacKenzie King - the first of many statements in an attempt to control the bomb). Riots in Palestine. (A series of Arab Jewish riots broke out in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The riots were put down by the 3rd Parachute Brigade. The Hebrew/Jewish Resistance Movement was founded this November. It coordinated attacks on the British military. In July 1946, the Movement Government Offices in Jerusalem and 80 people were killed. After condemnation, the Movement ceased to exist after this operation. A Jewish homeland had been promised after WW1 but it was never granted. The genocide of European Jews during WW2 led to growing demands for a State of Israel. British forces stood between Palestinian Arabs and Jewish settlers. After a prolonged guerrilla campaign and pressure from the U.S.A., Britain left the area. Israel was created in 1948 and the absence of an official State of Palestine has caused war and bloodshed ever since).
14th Cold much better but had another fire in drawing room.
13th Cold again. My cold better. Had fire in drawing room.
12th Cold day. Started Harris Tweed and silk scarf. Got a cold coming, first this winter. Went to bed as soon as I got home.
11th Sunny morning but dull and cold and showery in afternoon. Went for walk and got caught in rain.
10th Colder, showers. Picked some Chrysanths and a ripe strawberry. Went to see Sylvia about broken shop window. Attlee arrives in Washington for discussions on Atomic Bomb.



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Alwyne Garling
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