NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Unbelievable news out of Paris! Notre Dame cathedral has gone up in flames. Below is a rough sketch of the cathedral I made back in the day when I was backpacking through Europe and couldn’t afford a camera. At least I have the memories. Terrible, unthinkable loss. 

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL FROM THE TOURNELLE BRIDGE

Au revoir, mon ami!!

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JULIAN ASSANGE

Julian Assange was arrested this morning at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, just steps away from the world famous Harrod’s department store in Kensington. This ends a seven year standoff between the UK and Ecuadorian governments.

 

ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, LONDON

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LAST DOOLITTLE RAIDER

Lt. Col Richard Cole, the last Doolittle Raider, has died  at age 103. The end of an era.  AVE ATQUE VALE!

B25 MITCHELL BOMBER

The suicidal Doolittle Raid used modified Mitchell Bombers launched from an aircraft carrier with no hope of recovery to attack the Japanese mainland after the Pearl Harbor attack. The raid did little physical damage but gave the alliance a much needed psychological boost and the Japanese a foretaste of the terrible destruction to come. 

“BILLY” MITCHELL HISTORICAL PLAQUE,  MOUNT BILLY MITCHELL, ALASKA

Billy Mitchell is considered by some to be the father of the modern US Air Force. The plaque above honours his connection to Alaska. 

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UNIVERSITY BOAT RACE

Spent the morning watching the 175th edition of the Oxford and Cambridge Boat race in London. Congratulations to both the Cambridge women’s and men’s crews as the winners of this years event. Well done you!!

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB, RIVER CAM, CAMBRIDGE

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GOLAN HEIGHTS

The Golan Heights have jumped back into the news the last few days.

VINEYARD BELOW THE GOLAN HEIGHTS 

Today the Golan Heights is a centre of viticulture and the region is now better known for its wine than for its war torn past. 

GOLAN HEIGHTS PANORAMA

Despite the clear skies, the sound of rolling thunder and bright artillery flashes on the horizon was proof positive of the civil war in Syria just across the border.

GOLAN HEIGHTS OBSERVATION POST

GOLAN HEIGHTS MINEFIELD

Dangerous leftovers from yesteryear.

GOLAN HEIGHTS GIFT SHOP

In complete consonance with the zeitgeist of the times,  a gift shop in a former war zone.

BURNT OUT RUSSIAN TANK

Remnant of the Yom Kippur war.

ISRAELI TANK OVERLOOKS THE VALLEY OF TEARS FROM THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

A gorgeous LA crooner flatters my lens with a pose atop a Chieftan tank. 

Wine and women on the Golan Heights! What’s not to like?? 

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

SECOND CLASS WASH HOUSE, GROSSE ISLE, QUEBEC

An image from a less happier time, the second class wash house served immigrants forcibly quarantined on Grosse Isle in the St. Lawrence. Thousands of Irish did not survive the ravages of the European cholera outbreaks that they brought with them to the New World and were buried on what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

MEMORIAL TO FALLEN CANADIAN DOCTORS

Memorial to the brave and dedicated doctors who died delivering care to the afflicted and who now lie with their patients.  Ave Atque Vale!!

 

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ST. DAVID’S DAY

Happy St. David’s Day to all my Welsh friends.

KAYAKS ON LAKE VYRNWY

HIKING MEMORIES OF WALES

CHIRK CASTLE GARDENS, WELSH MARCHES

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WORLD HIJAB DAY

Remembering Aqsa. Gone but not forgotten.

AQSA PARVEZ MEMORIAL, PELHAM, ONTARIO

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

YAD VASHEM CATTLE CAR MEMORIAL, JERUSALEM

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ROBBIE BURNS DAY

Happy Robbie Burns day to all my Scottish friends.

HAGGIS ADDRESS

HIGHLAND DANCER IN FULL FLING

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