No Flypast This Day

| November 11, 2021

The day seems to bring few words and then… I slip upon mon tete my hat from Juno Beach, place the camera bag over my shoulder and adjust my poppy. It is time to take up the trail. I start the walk towards the memorial. This day it wants to rain…it wants the cold…elements I […]

These Legs Need to Journey

| January 16, 2021

Pen and Key The quiet suggests a slight hint of echo within my ears. They too…like all of self are searching, my mind races towards an endless sea of pages, facing not upwards but viewed from their edges. Within the constant turning only the blur of ideas. No story…no pictures…only endless notes posted haphazard to […]

My dear soldier friend

| November 11, 2020

2020-11-11 My dear soldier friend, Again, I see you upon the high ground ever watchful. Each year we visit. Your sharp-eyed gaze has again passed across these horizons a hundred tens of thousands of times…Your watch… infinite…embedded within you, all that have passed, all here this day and all you know who will follow…this due…to […]

Scotland and the Victoria Cross: The Little Wars of Queen Victoria

| September 25, 2020

1860 – 1900 (excluding the Second Boer War 1899-1902) Following the Indian Mutiny or Sepoy Mutiny, British soldiers and sailors found themselves deeply involved in colonial battles across the British Empire. The “pink” of the globe was well known to students and diplomats of Empire, so too the gun and cannon of powerful, organized troops […]

Things as they ought to be…

| July 26, 2020

Complications and Anticipations A chance encounter with the unfamiliar…a Sheffield Billiken lends itself for today’s discussion of the film series Parade’s End. Based on four books written by Ford Madox Ford the novels are: Some Do Not (1924), No More Parades (1925), A Man Could Stand Up (1926) and Last Post (1928). The tetralogy visits […]