Category Archives: history, politics

more on Germany and the war

(see also Remembering and forgetting – the bombing of Dresden, october 2016 Victor Klemperer tells the story of a woman who worked alongside him in the factory – but first I should explain that the handful of Jews who remained in … Continue reading

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more on Dresden

I left off in the Gemalde Gallerie.   It’s not crowded. It’s not too big. Like the city, it’s full of surprises. Here’s the rest of the painting by Cranach which includes the man with the spectacular trousers, who seems … Continue reading

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back on familiar ground

I was soon back home on familiar ground, where the obligation to remember certain things in certain ways grows ever stronger. Mrs May is outraged that the England football team is not allowed to wear poppies for an international scheduled … Continue reading

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2 days in Dresden, some photos

I took the train from Berlin to Dresden. Hamburg to Budapest, Hungarian carriages, an important strategic route. At Dresden Hauptbahnhof there is a model railway. If you put a coin in each of the four slots you can have four … Continue reading

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photos from Germany (hear the truth whoever speaks it)

The Jewish college opposite the Jewish museum in Berlin. The quotation is from Maimonides, the Jewish philosopher whose fairly harmonious life in Muslim Andalucia has become a model for our times: The people of Berlin recently voted in a referendum … Continue reading

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remembering and forgetting, the bombing of Dresden

‘I had to leave there in a hurry I only saw what they let me see’ Bob Dylan, Trying to Get to Heaven (before they close the door) It depends where and when you begin. 1940, shortly before the fall … Continue reading

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still remembering the Somme

They began their commemorations early in Bushmills. I took this photo in 2012: In the Gates of Death, rejoice! We see and hold the good – bear witness, Earth, we have made our choice with freedom’s brotherhood! 60,000 died on … Continue reading

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London Wall Place

See what it says on the hoarding? BEYOND BUSINESS.  What could it be? A cathedral? World’s biggest boozer? A brothel? I’ll let you know in due course.

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Virgin

Recently I came back to London from Stockport on the train, a Penguilino, geddit? – specially decorated for Christmas by a little girl who won the competition. Family fun is one aspect of Virgin’s presentation. More solemn is the locomotive … Continue reading

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scum

Shakespeare’s history plays. 1315. The middle of the Hundred Years War. Henry V, uneasy in his possession of the English throne, because his father killed Richard II to get it, has decided to assert once more an old family claim … Continue reading

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