Saturday 1453 – 22nd Sept 2012.
Question at the end of this for you 🙂
Last week I gave you Defending the Dreamers of Peace and Compassion which you can read here . This Saturday has turned out to be a follow on though that was not what was planned.
I visited a 40’s re-enactment at Wimpole, a National Trust property . It’s a yearly extravaganza of people who love that period. They dress up and act out Dad’s Army type exploits complete with a Winston Churchill lookalike and lots of Ladies in authentic 40’s Fashion, men in suits and uniform ( and some women too), the Land Army, stands about rationing, Armed Forces life and 40’s life generally. Each scene is like a mini play. It makes for great opportunities for photography!
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you will probably know what I feel about war so I found myself with mixed feelings and had several discussions about the futility of war but these are historical events and they teach as well. It’s history and let’s keep it that way.
I had intended to show you lots of photos here but I have decided I will show you some over the coming weeks on my other blog Photomania, interspersed with Scotland, Kew gardens and macro’s ( so actually it might be many weeks ! ) So why not now?
During my walk round I came upon this man in 1940’s British Army battle dress working with a gun (makes me shudder) and then ………..
…. he lifted his head and I could see that he was little more than a child.
Look at his eyes and his fresh face below. The majority of soldiers were and still are very young men.
When they were young, anxious and terrified,
Boy-soldiers in battle fighting for their lives,
Experiencing the gamut of fear and death
Watching friends die horribly,
Scarring their young minds forever.
Extract from Harbingers by Curtis D Bennett
Is this what we want for our sons and daughters?
I want to share another poem with you. This poem was written by Tom Walker when he was a young man who served in the Royal Navy in World War Two and it addresses the causes of war, which is rare. How very right he was and is.
Bloody War – The Cause
When greed sups with the devil
And principles are shed
When power is corrupted
And truth stands on its head
When fear pervades the confused mind
And fools are easy led
When reason is a prisoner
The bell tolls for the dead.
Before I go I want to ask you all a question. Friday 21st September was the long-standing United Nations International Day of Peace which you can read about here . I didn’t see or hear this advertised much in mainstream media so my question is this. How many of my Uk and international readers knew about this day before I mentioned it here, did any of you take part in any events to mark it and how many of you saw anything in the mainstream newspapers, on TV or radio?
Please leave comments below including what country you’re in. Thank you very much and see you next week
As mentioned you can find my photography blog Photomania here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.