Category Archives: war

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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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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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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Poppies 3

A fascinating – and beautifully written – piece by Richard Mabey in Flora Britannica on the common poppy, Papaver rhoeas. It is one of the world’s most successful weeds and  spread from Asia to Western Europe with the development of … Continue reading

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poppies 2

An answer to my question – what’s happening in France and Germany? -in an article by Gavin Stamp in the new London Review of Books. Near Arras, where there are already French, German, Canadian and British cemeteries, an international memorial … Continue reading

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In gratitude to the people of Great Britain….

In gratitude to the people of Great Britain....

The sculpture makes you aware of the extraordinary self absorption of those who sit or lean or put their bags and rubbish on it. And there are now four big wheelie bins along side.

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photos of the Kindertransport memorial

This gallery contains 17 photos.

the little girl with the cautionary tales of Struwelpeter the girl almost hidden the girl abused inside and outside the glassthe girl with a strangerFA girl and new threat to SvenHeidiAttention Smokers!    the new childrensame old rubbish posing

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on the Kindertransport memorial at Liverpool Street station

At various times over the last eight years I’ve written notes on and taken photos of the memorial at Liverpool Street to the 10,000 about to be orphaned Jewish children who came here from Germany and Austria in 1938. In … Continue reading

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