Tag Archives: WW2

My Father’s Pride #memories #poetry #parachuteregiment

In June 1945 my father was 18. He wrote the letter below to my mother, his then girlfriend with momentous news. He had undertaken his first parachute jump preparatory to being admitted as a member of the Parachute Regiment. He … Continue reading

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Putting A Value On A Life

It’s not something we like to do. We fight against the whole idea that one life is worth more or less than others. And taken to an individual level, even suggesting that such a value judgment could be made is … Continue reading

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The F***You Up #filmreview #goodbyechristopherrobin

You wonder at some people. I enjoyed Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy so, as a sort of instinct I thought only good of the man. Then, a few days ago he was interviewed in a National Sunday, dissing Winnie … Continue reading

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O is for Orford Ness – so weird but so wonderful

I originally posted on this extraordinary place a while ago and the A to Z challenge seems to be an apposite place to repost it. Is that another cheat? Whatever! Orford Ness is tenuously attached to the Suffolk coast, and … 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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Dad’s letters from Palestine February, March and April 1947

It has been a while since I posted a set of my father’s letters from Palestine. The latest set can be found here. I have been watching the turmoil in the Middle East just now. The awful acts of horror … Continue reading

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Orford Ness – so weird but so wonderful

  This post is about settings. Settings are one of those criteria that can help to make or break a novel. Some are easy and familiar and some, necessarily, hard and uncomfortable. How do you find a unique setting for … Continue reading

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