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Abi

More memories
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

England, 2015.


Hey there...Welcome to Lord Roberts Valet.

It's over a year since I came back from Kandahar. Yet there's not a day goes by that i don't think of those times. Some memories will never leave you, I think.

I've always been fascinated by war. When I was young, my parents would take me on coach trip holidays. They would be filled with World War Two veterans. We spent the afternoons singing the old war songs: 'hang out my washing on the Siegfried Line', 'show me the way to go home', 'the white cliffs of Dover'. Songs that meant a lot that generation. 

I once met a Stalingrad veteran. He had a stillness about him that was compelling. 

War is one of those human experiences that changes a person forever. I wanted that experience for myself.

I got what I wanted.

It took me a year to put my thoughts on Kandahar down on paper. I ripped up several drafts. Some stuff I took out. Parts would still be regarded as secret. Other bits are still too upsetting.

Kandahar changed me. 

Lord Roberts Valet will change you too.