Heart in the Darkness – Vietnam

| September 9, 2017

“We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.” Joseph Conrad, 1899 In 1978 I read Heart of Darkness. In 1979 I watched Apocalypse Now. I went to the cinema on my own that early evening and still, to this day, recall the opening. Rotating sound across a black screen, jungle, the hint of smoke, silence, […]

Black Saturday: 7 September 1940

| September 4, 2017

Prowler and Prey The Luftwaffe crossed the English Channel and followed the Thames towards their targets over London. It was Saturday, 7 September 1940 at 4:43 pm. No longer focussed on British airfields the Luftwaffe turned their attention upon the Docklands – Silvertown with its associated factories, worker’s homes and warehouses. The afternoon light was […]