29 March 2010

Friday, 29th March 1940

Rather cold, bitter wind, very dull, some rain. Out only to the shops. Ciss bought a new violin bridge for me at Maxwells Wimbledon; fitted it in evening - good

On this day Soviet Union will remain neutral in European war says Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. In August 1939, the Soviet Union and Germany had signed a non-aggression pact, but Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941.

Returning to Uncle Fred's diary and those earlier entries (see a few days ago), this was Fred's entry on
Wednesday, 3rd January 1940.
Very severe frost, very dull, dangerously slippery but got as far as the hospital to see Ciss who is not to be discharged yet. Met dear Gladys with Eileen and Joan who had been to see Ciss. Met Maud at the hospital and Lily came home for a cup of tea. Mr Bradley gave me an old Rexophone(?) crystal set. Got letter from dad with 7/6 postal order to buy a new high tension battery.

Crystal set = a simple radio receiver operating without any battery or mains electricity, receiving its power from radio waves.

7/6 = 7 shillings and sixpence

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