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.
Today sees the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp. It is extremely important to remember the terrible genocide that took place under the Nazi regime at that time. Sadly, there is significant minority that deny the holocaust never took place. This revision of history is extremely dangerous and must be … Continue reading Never Forget the Holocaust
Today, the 6th of January is the last day of Christmas for most of us in the Western World known as the Epiphany of Little Christmas. This is the time when we remember when the three kings came to visit Jesus and HE was known to the world. This evening we took down the tree … Continue reading The Epiphany- The end of Christmas.
It's Christmas Eve and the night of the year is nearly here! Despite all the sadness in the world, the present political climate, the bitter divisions it as caused along with the continuing consumerism for Christmas let us not forget that tonight we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Our Lord. As a brilliant Muslim comedian … Continue reading Joyeux Noel! Happy Christmas!
On Saturday 16th November Santa came to town to help with the switch on of the Christmas lights on Erdington High Street. There was music, street entertainers and pre-festive cheer!
Yesterday, 19th of November I was privileged to give a presentation called, "From Dunkirk to Normandy" based on my father's experience who served on the HMS AJax at the Battle of the River Plate as well as Dunkirk. Later, the HMS Belfast which saw action on the Arctic convoys and later the beaches of Normandy. … Continue reading From Dunkirk to Normandy
Today the 11th of November saw once more the commemoration of the end of the World Wars. I watched the ceremony at the Cenotaph on TV this morning which was moving and thought provoking. Interestingly, yesterday along with my son Malachy we visited the HMS Belfast which is moored by tower bridge. It was one … Continue reading Remembrance Sunday. Lest We Forget.
Hallowe'en is nearly upon us and as the evenings draw in and there is a chill in the air children look forward to Trick and Treating, Jack O'Lanterns along with innocent games such as apple bobbing. At this changing time of year my new book of ghost stories 'Tales Yet To be Told' is nearing … Continue reading Tales Yet to be Told.
"What have these children done to you?" is the heartfelt cry of a Kurdish mother directed at the Turkish Prime-minister Erdogan after he ordered an attack on northern Syria. They were recorded by a French journalist, Allan Kavel from last Saturday's edition of "Le Monde."He describes how the mother knelt sobbing by the bedside of … Continue reading Qu’est ce que ils t’ont fait, ces enfants?