Today sees the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan where 75,000 people lost their lives. I wrote about this tragic incident in my play, 'Buckets of Sunshine.' The story was told through the voice of Father George Zabelka who was the chaplain to the 509 composite air group … Continue reading Anniversary of Hiroshima.
Let’s celebrate! Today is Bastille Day! But why is it celebrated? The French national holiday of Bastille Day—celebrated each year on July 14, or le quatorze juillet—may spell fireworks and a large military parade for some, but for most, it still marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris, a grand fortress that … Continue reading Napoleon celebrates Bastille Day.
Napoleon is celebrating the battle of Waterloo! What's going on? Watch L'Empereur's video from Chateau de Brum and all shall be revealed! Here is the link! https://youtu.be/pUc5vPlNrTk A bientot!
Today sees the anniversary of the tragedy of Oradour Sur Glane, a sleep French village that was victim to a Nazi massacre on Saturday 10th June 1944. It is eloquently summed up by Sir Lawrence Olivier who narrated the memorable series, World at War. This is what he said, "Down this Road on a summer day … Continue reading Anniversary of Oradour Sur Glane.
Sadly, the commemorations for the 76th anniversary were postponed both in the UK and France due to Covid 19. However, let's not forget all those that landed on the Normandy beaches on June 6th 1944, many giving the supreme sacrifice. The invasion marked the beginning of the liberation of France and the defeat of Nazism. … Continue reading Anniversary of D Day.
My play, 'All My Pretty Ones,' which tells the tragic story of Oradour Sur Glane a French village that on June 10 1944 was destroyed by the Das Reich regiment of the SS. Every man, woman and child was slaughtered that day and there has never been a satisfactory answer to why the SS chose … Continue reading Enfin! My play on Oradour is finished!
Despite the Corona Virus and Napoleon having to self isolate at Chateau de Brum he has had the time to celebrate this year's very special VE Day! I hope that you enjoy his video. Follow the following link to view: Please feel free to share. https://youtu.be/BlXWdLMoJNg
The 8th of May this year sees the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. I know that the commemoration can be seen as divisive as it can be viewed as celebrating war and basking in ensuing glory. For me, it commemorates the immense sacrifices that so many people made including my … Continue reading Happy VE Day- Peace in Europe!
Happy Easter everyone although everything seems strange as the sun shines and the delights of spring are with us. We live during uncertain and frightening times due to COVID 19. However, as the Holy Father, Francis has said "Don't be afraid." Let us take hope in the resurrection of Jesus and LIFE has been … Continue reading Joyeux Paques! Happy Easter. Feliz Pascua!