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Megan last won the day on February 14

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  1. Nice one... I found it after I'd made my post, of course
  2. Announced today (25 September 2021), the medal to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, marking her 70th year in office. The obverse shows Elizabeth II's head with the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID DEF. The reverse depicts a lion statant guardant atop a crowned royal armourial helmet, surrounded by ermine. The medal was designed by Timothy Noad of the College of Arms, the portrait of The Queen is by Ian Rank Broadley. It will be awarded to members of the armed forces, emergency services, and prison officers who have 5 years' service on 6 February 2022, to living holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross, and to members of the royal household.
  3. Over a year ago, I spotted a train guard wearing enamel ribbons on his uniform - a trio of Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee, and Cadet Forces Medal. He was a bit startled when I asked him which of the Cadets he'd been involved with, without mentioning the ribbons at all!
  4. Given a jumble of Soviet and DDR awards, and apparent service in Army, Police, Customs, Border Guards AND State Security... not to mention Construction, Railways, and Agriculture... I'd guess this is a fantasy bar of whatever ribbons the vendor could get his paws on.
  5. Some fine images here, thank you for sharing Emmanuel.
  6. tcjbomber, would you be kind enough to grant permission for me to use this image on my website, please? (and if you are willing, may I have your real name for the credits?)
  7. I have been known to drink Lapsang Souchong and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot... both "without pollutants". I normally have one mug of coffee in the morning, then spend the rest of the day drinking Orange & Mango squash (by the pint). Then evening comes and it's a pint, followed by red wine with dinner and sometimes a drop of Laphroaig afterwards.
  8. Nice.... (more of these darn Russian gongs!)
  9. The last version of this award is also distinctive in having the 'stipple' effect on the reverse, rather than the completely plain one of earlier types.
  10. Great story, Enzo, and a great reminder that duty, honour, and courage are displayed on both sides of a conflict (my father served in the British army in Italy...)
  11. The latest issue of JOMSA crawled through my letterbox this morning with a fascinating article on Nigerian medals in it. Wilschut, E. (2020) The Biafran Conflict and its Origins Described Through Medals. Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 71(5):3-12. It explains quite a lot about early Nigerian medals in general and answers some of the questions posed in this thread. (Note that all JOMSAs are now digitised as well as printed, and you can get a digital-only subscription for $19.95 - a good investment as the journal is a real treasure-trove.)
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