Category Archives: WW1

In Flanders Fields

  Three years ago a display of ceramic poppies filled the moat at the Tower of London. I took some pictures and then the Archaeologist recited possibly the most powerful WW1 poem and sent me the link. It’s attached below … Continue reading

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Apprenticed to my Mother: Unpicking the Family History

It was Mum’s idea. ‘You need to know who’s who.’ She had a small blue attache case, the sort that usually contained cotton reels or buttons. This one was jam packed with black and white photographs. She picked up one … Continue reading

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Looking up, looking down #justthinking

I walk the jolly streets of South London a lot, taking Dog, or him me, on many a ramble. We end up in various parks, woods and other green spaces. Once such, Brockwell Park is a favourite. As I walked … Continue reading

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And Will We Remember Them?

I cannot help reflecting, following Remembrance Day yesterday, how we still seem incapable of learning lessons from the past. In the aftermath of the terrible events of WW1 the victors took their revenge on Germany. In doing so and in the … Continue reading

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The Archaeologist Writes – St. Joan works overtime

The Archaeologist is putting in a guest appearance today.   In a display cabinet, a few feet from where I am sitting is a small porcelain statue of Joan of Arc. Whilst it is over one hundred years old, it is … Continue reading

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What happened next?

I have referred to the Archaeologist on several occasions in this blog. One of his many notable characteristics is his extraordinarily wide range of interests and the depth of his knowledge in those areas.  A conversation with him may start with … Continue reading

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