There are so many simple things in life that cost nothing but give me pleasure that I need to focus on and be mindful of... Sitting under my fishing umberella, or in a tent, on a warm still summmer day when it is raining hard but there is no wind so I am cosy and… Continue reading Small Pleasures… Part 1
Funny how an evening can go. Some social events everyone stays to the end and everyone draws breath together. Others peter out, the die-hards partying or drinking or dancing to the end, oblivious of the less hardy types getting tired or bored and slinking off. What is the dynamic that makes an event go one… Continue reading Winding Down
Passing the cathedral on the last warm evening of autumn I heard the choir practicing. The building towered away into a bright starry sky and the sound of the organ drifted on the breeze, an echo of the ages. A cathedral has stood here in one form or another since the time of Alfred The… Continue reading Requiem In Pace…
Given my previous post about war and questioning the representation of it maybe it is a little perverse to set down to write a brief canter through the history of fortifications. However, defensive structures can, and have, prevented conflict for millennia. They have also be the focus of conflict, resistance, survival and defeat. Many castles… Continue reading Fortification – A Brief History… Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmuTksCQP5w Just a quick one, I had to share these guys - love it.
Throughout recorded history people have glorified war. War is practically universal in human culture and equally common around the world is the celebration of it. Celebration as opposed to commemoration, though that boundary may be harder to draw than might be imagined. The headline image for this post shows a war memorial; commemoration of the… Continue reading War – Where is the glory?
Modern houses are made, for the most part, of brick and concrete blocks. Topped with tiled roofs. At least in the UK. There is a lot of labour in making the bricks but a major reason that they were, historically, expensive was the cost of fuel. Where timber is used as the fuel there is… Continue reading After The Deluge… Part 9: Houses