The horrors of war as classic horror film

| October 26, 2018

Nosferatu and Westfront 1918 The 1922 German horror film Nosferatu was directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. This unauthorized version, now a masterpiece of the Expressionist film movement, was adapted from author Bram Stoker’s book Dracula (1897), a treatise on the fears and anxieties that existed within Victorian society. Murnau was a veteran of the Great […]

All-Telling Messengers

| October 17, 2018

Two French Memorial Sites of the Great War Several years ago, in company with an English friend, we were driven to several sites of conflict and memory. From place to place there was much to absorb and all the while I felt, Would I ever be able to find my way around these places?  Time […]

October Evening in Chilliwack

| October 7, 2018

As Families Do An October evening in Chilliwack. The Richardson family, mother and father, family – without the sounds of overseas. Perhaps within their chairs, cups of tea and Dundee cake. The crackle from a fireplace and as families do talking of their day. Yet within their speak, the name of one – James – […]

Sound, light, colour…history

| August 17, 2018

Thread Thirteen From Buckingham Palace Road we turn onto Birdcage Walk, bypassing the tourists who have lined up along the gates to view the Guards. Instead of joining the onlookers we choose instead to visit the Guards Chapel, badly damaged by a V-1 rocket attack in 1944. Smaller Chapels to the Guards Regiments line the […]

The Dust of Each Conflict

| August 16, 2018

Thread Twelve The heat wave has relented and for much of the day we venture forward in the downpour. Rain-water bounces off the taut umbrella towards me managing to find those points at the neckline where it can scurry its chill down one’s back. Meanwhile, I attempt to skirt the roaring streams that run along […]