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    "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    "The Shepherd", a Christmas classic to listen to.

    They play this on the radio every Christmas eve here. I think it is a great story brilliantly told.

    I urge you to listen to it when you have a full half hour to sit and give it your undivided attention.

    The book is available as well.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    I hope you enjoy this.

    http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/...2017-1.4455219

    Edit: Just had another listen. I'm not an emotional person, but for some reason this brings me to tears. I think it makes me remember all of those who didn't make it home from the war.....
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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    This is a great radio listen... recommend it.

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    A great 30 mins respite from the rigors of the boy's PC set up, wifi extender mysteries, countless updates, present opening, wrapping disposal, cat recovery from wrapping disposal, Skype and cooking.

    Great Story. Enjoyed it very much. Missus in tears thinking about her Gt Uncle Norman, a 144 Sqdn Hampden Observer who, with the rest of the crew, never came home from a raid on Breast 6/7/41 probably as a result of similar circumstances.

    Thanks for Sharing Farley

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Good listen....thanks for sharing...

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Lewis View Post
    Good listen....thanks for sharing...

    ...Lew...

    Glad you enjoyed it Lew.

    Just one question...... do you ever sleep? Seems like you must "work" nights.
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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Thanks Farley.

    I read this story many years ago and believe I must have heard it read as well.

    However, I think this reading of Al Maitlands is particularly good and enjoyed listening to it again.

    Frederick Forsyth has always been a good story teller and author and a favourite of mine.

    Cheers mate

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Thanks for this...really amazing and worth a listen.
    Last edited by itsbillyfrazier; Dec-25-2017 at 11:41.

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    My mind filled in all the video as I listened! Outstanding!
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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    What a fantastic listen. Listened to it uninterrupted as recommended and then just sat there for a few minutes afterwards. Simply fantastic. Can't believe I've never heard it before. (Especially living in Canada where we have CBC radio on all the time at home.)

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Bravo!

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    BBC Radio3 also did a version of this that went out on Christmas Eve 2016, available on iPlayer Radio here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0858nv3

    You will need to register in order to listen to it.

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    It's that time of year again.

    Listened to The Shepherd again last night on CBC's (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) As It Happens.

    This year their Christmas eve show revolves around this story, so you might want to listen to the whole show

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens

    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens...2018-1.4930242

    Merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, and a great 2019 to all at ATAG.
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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    A bit late, but thought I'd remind you all about this great Frederick Forsyth story, The Shepard, brilliantly read by Alan Maitland.

    Please have a listen. Can find it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P834fiIXEs

    Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best in 2020.

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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Wow thanks for the reminder, must ave read that 30 years ago and forgotten it


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    Re: "The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas..."

    Thanks farley.

    I listened to this two or three years ago, I don't know it may have been you who posted it?

    It's not just the story but the way Alan Maitland narates it.

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