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Sun 28 Mar 2004, 06:13 PM
Readers from the US are more likely to appreciate this...  

We were travelling towards Philadelphia and my wife pointed out that we were passing Valley Forge.  

"What happened at Valley Forge?" asked my youngest son, by now used to our short history lessons.

Before we had a chance to answer, our older son answered succinctly, "They had a winter, and it sucked!"

I've heard much longer explanations of Valley Forge and what it meant to the US Revolutionary War, but none quite so brief and to the point.  Maybe the kid should become a history teacher.

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