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!
I came downstairs to start the day and make breakfast. I took the bread and the croissants out of the wooden bread bin. There was white bread, brown bread, sliced and un-sliced, croissants, ones with currents in too as well as a couple of doughnuts. I bowed my head and said a prayer as I … Continue reading Give us this day, our daily bread.
Today, the 25th of March is the wonderful feast of the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary to announce that she was going to be the mother of Jesus. It is also known as Lady Day, traditionally the start of spring and the lambing season. The Magnificat is a famous canticle which is also … Continue reading The Feast of the Annunciation.
Today is the feast day of St Joseph, foster father of Jesus and patron of the church. He is often petitioned when you want to sell your house and also for a happy death! However, with the present crisis due to the Coronavirus I encourage you to pray to him. Here is a traditional … Continue reading St Joseph.
Although there seems little to celebrate today for the 'Apostle of Ireland' let us not forget his great faith. In his great pray St Patrick's Breastlplate, otherwise known as 'The Prayer of Protection, he wrote, I summon today, All these powers between me and those evils, Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose … Continue reading St Patrick’s Day
The Coronavirus has come amongst us. It's worrying, strange, and many of us are afraid and uncertain. Although it is important to follow such advice such as social distancing let's not distance ourselves from prayer. At 7.00 pm this evening many people stopped to pray no matter where they were and no matter how far … Continue reading Coronavirus. Let us pray.
13th February 1945 saw the dreadful bombing of the beautiful city of Dresden that was described before it's destruction 'The Venice of the North.' In my writing as a playwright I try to highlight the horrors and futility of war. Although Dresden was a German city, the enemy of the allies however we must remember … Continue reading Dresden 75 years ago.