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A keen researcher of family ancestors, Henry will be reporting on the centenary of World War One. More Posts

Realism – for and against

Today I provide links for Rusters who might be interested in either photography and/or generally to two items that appear today upon the website of the Daily Mail: Firstly, whilst some may scoff at the practice of colourising vintage photographs, here’s a report by Charlotte Dean upon a set [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

How things used to be

No doubt like other Rusters, I occasionally come across items or stories on the internet that are interesting enough to warrant being shared with others. Here’s one I came across earlier today – a report by Brendan McFadden upon ‘London – Then And Now’ made possible by [...]

December 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jackson WW1 documentary review

Last night, three days after its first broadcast on British television, I finally got around to watching my tele-recording of Sir Peter Jackson’s highly-acclaimed (colourised and modern-technology enhanced), six years in the making, 90-minute documentary THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD which was produced [...]

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

For those who fell

No apologies for my post today – a special Remembrance Sunday because it marks the centenary of the ending of the First Word War – and I wish to begin by paying a small tribute to those who ply their trade in the UK media, both the Fleet Street and radio/television varieties. The press [...]

November 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Poppy issues

Next weekend – I presume entirely by coincidence – the key Sunday’s UK Remembrance Day commemorations will take place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month and mark the centenary of the symbolic official end of the First World War. It all seems very fitting. In recent years there have [...]

November 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

A WW1 landmark makes the news

Three and a half years ago now – travelling with a small group in the area of the Somme – my brother and I made a significant breakthrough on a little project we had given ourselves to try and discover the final resting places of two Allied airmen who had been downed upon a reconnaissance [...]

November 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

The never-ending quest

It is a truism to state that our planet the Earth is a wondrous thing. Never mind all the life-threatening 21st Century issues – climate change, deforestation, ongoing destruction of natural habitats, the finite aspect of fossil fuel and other resources, population growth, geopolitical anarchy, [...]

October 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sandham Chapel

Yesterday in the company of Alice Mansfield and Douglas Heath I visited the Stanley Spencer chapel in Burghclere, Newbury. For a number of reasons I was underwhelmed. First the chapel itself seems more a modern crematorium more than a spiritual place. Second, it had a rather confused gestation. The [...]

October 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Marking the Centenary

The the centenary next month of the end of the conflict sometimes described by those alive at the time and/or both shortly afterwards as ‘the war to end all wars’ – and otherwise generally known as either ‘The Great War’ or ‘First World War’ – is [...]

October 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Paris Echo/Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong made a huge impression on me as a First World War novel. It was well researched, moving, with a powerful story. I have never found his subsequent novels matched this. He is nonetheless an author with a wide and loyal readership up there with Julian Barnes and Ian [...]

October 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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