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 […]

A New Day for Everyone

| May 23, 2020

Three People Never Having Met Beneath the sky, the moon – the sun – this ground, this coast, valley, or ridge. Along the long, long trail that is our path through Gully Ravine – or our crest at Lone Pine. I return this day to wanderings across places of conflict and to now distant interests. […]

Someday We’ll Find It

| May 6, 2020

The Sweet Sound that Calls Every once in a while we are able to step outside the shade and into the light. I enjoy seeing little suggestions turned by creative minds into joy and laughter. Two recent ideas have proven popular and with each day in the shade I continue to try and cast a […]