Meanwhile…on the buses

| November 8, 2018

Lest We Forget The day begins with a walk to the National Army Museum [NAM]. Along the way a Poppy Appeal bus attracts my attention. Quickly the camera is out, but the bus changes course…we continue along our urban streetscape, pass by wreaths adorning shops, Chelsea Barracks and a remembrance display at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. […]

51st (Highland) Division Memorial (1924)

| September 3, 2018

Friends are good on the day of battle Located near to Y Ravine, within the present day Newfoundland Park, the 51st Division Memorial commemorates their success during the Battle of the Ancre 13 November 1916. The memorial project was aided by the good work of  Lieutenant Colonel Nangle, the former Roman Catholic padre of the […]

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 […]

Dad’s Army: The Man (Men) and the Hour

| July 27, 2013

What Black and White Film Can Do! Dad’s Army the well-known British Home Guard sitcom played from 1968 – 1977  with the first two series, of nine, being filmed in black and white. Recently I sat down and watched Series 1 Episode 1, The Man and the Hour, and chuckled my way through the dialogue. I […]

TIME STANDS STILL

| April 25, 2011

    (Scene – March 2011 – Reviewing camera pictures as we stroll across the grounds towards the river Thames) As we walk towards the Thames my mind turns to September 1940 and the start of the Blitz on London, England. Is that Edward R. Murrow I hear as I watch out over the landscape? […]