The Story of 'TAPS'/Companions and the Window Videos/Scam Warning...

" Good Morning " ......


Having had a quick swatch of this post before I published it I thought OMG it's a right depressing subject - but it is the story of something which happened in history and you know what they say about history - it makes us what we are ! On saying that I wonder why the blazes we never learn that war really answers nothing, it only causes more problems, hurt and suffering and the folk that pay the heavy price are Billy and Jane Public......

I have therefore kept my post as it was ......

'TAPS'~~~~~~
Day is done - Gone the Sun
From the Lakes, From the Hills, From the Sky,
All is well - Safely rest - God is nigh ,
Fading light dims the sight
Add a star - Gems the sky
Gleaming light from Afar Drawing nigh falls the night
Thanks and Praise For our days
Neath the sun ,neath the stars, Neath the sky,
As we go - This we know - God is nigh !
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I too have felt chills while listening to 'Taps' but I had never seen all the words to the song until now, when I received it in an email from my Brother-in-law in Dumfries. I had never heard the story behind the song and wondered if any of you had heard it either - so I thought I would pass it along. It makes me think of all the lost, harmed and injured while serving their country in many conflicts all over the world and those men and women who are presently serving in the Armed Forces from 'all the airts and pairts'.

"If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which Taps was played; this brings out a new meaning to it. Here is something Every American should know...but most don't, until they read this: We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps". It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings. Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. ;It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted."

The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born.
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I received these videos the other day and as I'm a soppy nut I just had to pass them on , being 'tear tweakers' they fairly had me running for a hankie ...
Companions pps and www.tom-phillips.info/powerpoint/the.window.pps

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I am ending todays post with a message about folk getting scammed - I know that this post with the 'Taps' post is like going from the sublime to the ridiculous but I would stress that this is not a fake scam so watch out . I am usually the one decrying the senders of FALSE warnings about Viruses etc which are going to wreck your hard disk etc.

This post is a GENUINE exception. A long standing and respected private customer called me concerned he had been called by a company called Support On Click who claimed he had a computer problem they had been advised of by his internet provider. They asked him to open a file on his computer using the RUN command which shows various genuine programs running. They told him “Ah this was his problem” (they did not mention what the “problem” was though!). The call centre operator -, who had a STRONG Indian accent, talked fast and in a manner which was difficult to follow but assured the customer this could be resolved if he allowed them to log on to his PC – but surprise, surprise they would need to charge him - £60 on this occasion before issuing him with a pin number to use a remote access site. Smelling a rat the customer decided not to progress and on mentioning he would have to ask his local IT man for advice the call centre cut the call mid sentence.

The customer had the good sense to get the number from his Call Display – 01274900834, a Bradford number. If you have a couple of minutes put this number – no gaps – into Google and have a look at the forums / discussion pages, complaint pages etc. people have been scammed and are still being scammed. Pretty self explanatory. We decided to call the company in question and ask how they’d got the gentleman’s (I said he was my father) information. Needless to say they cut me off. I tried this three times before calling and asking to speak to “the manager”. The “manager” came on the line and could at best be described as sounding and behaving like “Ali G” – “why is you so angry man”, “Cool”, “be calm” – despite his splendid calm manner he declined to give me the postal address of their office and insisted they had no postal address, finally he put the phone down on me.

We have traced the line to Bradford (Thanks to BT) and have spoken to the Office Of Fair Trading this afternoon who are passing the complaint all the details to Trading Standards both In Bradford and Dumfries . This company’s scam is widespread. No wind ups, no jokes – this is 100% genuine. Can you PLEASE ensure you inform friends, family & colleagues, anyone who has concerns or doubts put the number above into Google and read for yourself the tales of woe from all manner of people. Anyone who HAS had a call from these people should call their local trading standards telephone number and will be put through to the Office of Fair Trading Service who now vet calls – choose option 3 and tell them all about it.

Finally – if you are ever in ANY doubt – DON’T DO IT. We are happy to give you, our customers proper advice. If we don’t know (we didn’t with this one) we will look into it and will advise further. The last thing we want is customers having their computers compromised with the possibility of identity theft or cash being taken from bank accounts etc.
AML Technology - The PC People - Serving SW Scotland and N Cumbria
Tel: 01387 251065 Fax: 01387 267949 http://www.amltechnology.co.uk/
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Cheers from the land of the Heather and the Tartan, Love Kate xxx.