Where we have our house in Mauron Brittany I have always been fascinated by a war monument which lies just outside the town. The names of three American service men and one local French man are inscribed. They lost their lives on the August 3rd 1944 as the allies liberated Brittany. I have begun researching … Continue reading The lads from Mauron
Lest we forget today August the 6th is the anniversary of the first atomic bomb being used. The bomb was dropped by the crew of the Enola Gay of the United States Air Force on the Japanese City of Hiroshima 1945 with devastating and long term horrific circumstances. In 1984 I wrote my award winning … Continue reading Summer news!
Napoleon took time off from the World Cup today to visit the Abbey Catholic Primary School for their "Jour de Francais." The great emperor entertained the Year 6 children with tales of heroism, his awe of the pyramids, his disaster in Russia, the drama of Waterloo and his spiritual experiences on Saint Helena. The day … Continue reading Napoleon takes time off from the World Cup!
"Lest we forget." Souviens- toi! Seventy years ago today in a sleepy, quiet town called Oradour Sue Glane tucked away in the calm countryside of south west France a terrible tragedy was about to unfold. It was a Saturday morning and school would finish early that day. The hotel was looking forward to guests arriving … Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane
May the 27th sees the anniversary of the death of Mary Ashford, a young market gardener from Erdington who died on this day 1817 the same year as Jane Austin. However, Mary isn't know for her life but for her death which was surrounded in mysterious as well as tragic circumstances. Her sad and untimely … Continue reading One Morning in May
May day is seen as workers' day in many countries or Le Jour de Travail in France. In Celtic culture it is the first day of summer and also the day of the crowning the May Queen, (the Virgin Mary in Christian culture.) In France for many years people would wear a red triangle to … Continue reading May Day, Tradition live on!
Friday 13th has always been seen as unlucky. Its roots come from the fact that there were thirteen people present at Our Lord's Last Supper and Jesus was betrayed by Judas. Consequently it has always been seen as inviting 13 to dinner as bad luck. Likewise there are many roads that do not have the … Continue reading Friday 13th!
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