Category Archives: war

The man without a face

I wrote this several years ago now. In some ways, it feels wrong to repost it… as if by doing so I am not giving enough for what has been given. And yet, this man has stayed with me for … Continue reading

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The human cost #Remembrance

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, one hundred years ago, the Armistice came into effect and the guns fell silent after four years of horror. The Great War, the ‘war to end all wars’, … Continue reading

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Trampled where they fell, the dead and dying, Mud and blood tainting each final breath, Their cries unheard, unheeded by the guns, Made one with sacred earth blasphemed by death. Shells crack and cackle, ‘necessary evil’, A whispered ‘Mother!’ lost … Continue reading

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North-easterly: Sidetracked by poppies…

While the story of the recent Castles of the Mind weekend will be shared on the Silent Eye website, our ‘extra-curricular’ adventures during that trip will be, as always, told on our personal blogs… We had arrived in the north, … Continue reading

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Words of war for peace…

“Lest we forget”

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I was born into an era when fear and relief played equal roles in the minds of many. Fourteen years of wartime rationing had only ended a few years before and the memories of that bloody conflict were still fresh … Continue reading

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The Derwent Valley

The car once more full to bursting, ready for the long drive south, and my companions either back at work or heading for the airport, I went to collect Nick from the hostel, ready for a morning in the hills. … Continue reading

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Times past

The unmistakable sound was a bit distracting. I’m no expert on steam trains… though I used to know a good deal about them, having listened to my younger brother for hours, but I  remember them… and that rhythm of wheels … Continue reading

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Cabined, cribbed, confined…

During our recent visit to the zoo at Whipsnade, and in spite of my profound reservations on the keeping of wild and wide-ranging animals in captivity, the majority of what we saw was positive. Endangered species and some that are … Continue reading

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A place of peace

We had met for lunch and to discuss School business as usual, then, with the afternoon ahead of us and the weather clearing, we took a walk through the wooded valley close by. It seems a little strange as you … Continue reading

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