Whispered Words

Liverpool War Memorial.

And The Victory That Day Was Turned Into Mourning Unto All the People. Detail from The Liverpool War Memorial.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2017)

Let it Be

The four shot Americano is delivered to me from the hand of another…Let it Be…I read. Worn upon their person the message is further attached to a warmly smile together with gentle eyed kindness.

The Beatles…forever with a message…about love…(about war)…and…forever the desire for peace.  As the world winds about its path terminally in a single direction, its inhabitants wander in endless directions, counter to the earth’s physics. The world knows where it is going perpetually; while we wander its edges, its fringes for our little living time in its orbit. We pick a path, divert, wander, change course, stop and start over. We counter the earth’s penchant for strictly forward movement…yet still we share this main path as scrambling, frantic bursts of energy. In this way we balance one and other…earth and person…let it be.

Love locks along the Mersey, Liverpool.

All you need is love. Love locks…everlasting love…along the Mersey, Liverpool.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2017)

Whether it’s the light we seek or balance, our personal wanderings take us to many edges and fringes in our lifetimes. We create chosen paths…we find time to take us to places of our relevance, of our interests and of our curiosities. Some days I ask where to go next…other days I am content to remain within…and yet other days I dream of when to return.

But this day with gentle words within my being and wondering when the next words might come I read and reread the lyric…let it bewhisper words of wisdom… and I am drawn by segue to one person’s words…its whisper.

They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.
(Barrack Obama. Inaugural address, 20 January 2009)

Liverpool Blitz

Panoramic view of the Liverpool Blitz. The River Mersey in the background. (Wiki Image)

… and then a completely different day in Liverpool

There are things to do as our train arrives and we are eager to scatter about the city in search of what we seek. With some sites we are familiar and of the known places we seek ruins from the Liverpool Blitz, the Mersey waterfront, the Three Graces – the Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building…charm, beauty and creativity. Along the way we will find new interests and surprises…it is to be a fine day here along earth’s perpetual path. The words and memories will come two years later…let it be attached to a warmly smile together with gentle eyed kindness.

The whisper…listen closely…there is still a chance that they will see…there is still a light that shines on me…shine until tomorrow…let it be.

The Beatles Statue at Pier Head, Liverpool. Donated by the Cavern Club.

The Beatles Statue at Pier Head, Liverpool. Sculpted by Andrew Edwards.
(P. Ferguson image, March 2017)

Did You Know?

Liverpool was attacked on several occasions during the Second World War. The first major raid taking place 28 August 1940. During the May Blitz of 1941 (a seven-night bombardment) more than 6,500 homes were destroyed, 190,000 homes damaged, leaving 70,000 people without homes.  About 4,000 people were killed in the Merseyside area during the Blitz.

The four members of the Beatles were all born in Liverpool during the Second World War. Peace be with them.

  • Ringo Star (7 July 1940)
  • John Lennon (9 October 1940)
  • Paul McCartney (18 June 1942)
  • George Harrison (25 February 1943)

The Beatles statue was donated to the City of Liverpool by the Cavern Club, the night club birthplace of the band. Sculptor Andrew Edwards also created the All Together Now Christmas Truce WWI Statue.

"All Together Now Christmas Truce WWI statue" Belgium.

All Together Now Christmas Truce WWI statue, Mesen, Belgium.
(P. Ferguson image, September 2016)

About The Author

Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was captivated by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Over time Paul became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography, narration and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was inspired when he learned Weir visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. "Gallipoli", the film, led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii, Gallipoli, North Macedonia and Salonika. When Paul first watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests was a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, Paul believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.


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