Remembrance Day – 2015

Remembrance Day – 2015

A pub, a church and a war memorial. The constant three. As I drove through the smallest hamlet or village in the UK, I was greeted by this triumvirate of society. One is dedicated to the enjoyment of company. To celebrate the passing of the day, to quench thirsts. Its...
In Memory of Sgt James McManus

In Memory of Sgt James McManus

In memory of my Great, Great Uncle who died of wounds on the 14th July 1916.  Although I haven’t traced the exact circumstances yet, it is most likely he was wounded on the 1st of July as the 12th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles went over the top on the...
A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are living in places that have beautiful spaces, parks and nature reserves, (let alone democracy, freedom, civil rights and caramel crunch ice cream). I know there are things wrong with every nation and yes there are...
A Century of Illusion

A Century of Illusion

This coming weekend will see many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. Over the next four years, as each significant battle reaches its centenary, we shall be reminded of the futile waste of millions of lives, the horrendous...