Canadian War Memorial, Green Park, London
Happy Columbus Day to all those in the United States observing the national holiday. As dozens of Columbus statues fall victim to mob violence, I thought I would present a challenge to all the social justice warriors out there in presenting the most impressive Columbus statue that I have ever seen. That is of course the Columbus statue in Barcelona. Good luck on bringing that one down!!
The extremely sad news out of Afghanistan recently has brought back memories of my 10 day traverse of that benighted country back in the day before the Soviets invaded and made a mess of it.
At the time, I had only a small fold out bellows camera with a couple of rolls of film to support what would become a trip around the world. The following are the only legacy images to have survived. What I would have given to have had a modern digital camera to capture the trip of a lifetime.
Thinking of travelling rough in Afghanistan?? As they say on TV, “Kids, don’t try this at home!!”
My entry into Afghanistan was clinging precariously atop a speeding oil tanker in the biting cold of the early desert morning.
“Bobby flagged a diesel down….just before it rained…and we rode it all the way to …..Herat!!”
Our escape via the Kyber Pass was interrupted by a brief stop which provided the brief distraction of a traditional cobra and mongoose fight. No time to tarry as we had to be out of the Pass by sundown to avoid gunfire from bandits.
How bad was my Afghan experience?? Upon entry into Pakistan, we swore that we would never go back into that lawless land. I was now firmly committed to a trip around the world. Travel back to Europe through Afghanistan was out of the question. We considered ourselves lucky to have survived.
A cash payment of one US dollar gave you a “ticket to ride” for 24 hours. Travel wise, this was the most efficient use of time and money. The buses had no air conditioning and hence we wrapped ourselves in newspapers at night for insulation and sweated it out during the day.
Afghan refugee camp on the outskirts of Islamabad that I snapped much latter in 1993 during an official visit when I was responsible for trade relations with Pakistan.
Pray for Afghanistan!!
To commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Comunist Party in China, the Chinese ambassador to the UK laid a floral tribute at the Marx grave in the “Victorian Valhalla,” HighGate Cemetery in North London.
The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip has passed. Floral tributes have been moved from Buckingham Palace down the Mall to Marlborough House, currently the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Marlborough House had previously been a Royal Residence up until the death of Queen Mary in 1953.
I was very much flattered when the above image was chosen by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Emerging Leaders’ Conference as the frontispiece for their signature program a few years back.
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE PHILIP 1921-2021
AVE ATQUE VALE
Today is John Donne day in the Anglican church calendar. Besides being one of the greatest poets of his era, Donne was also vicar of Fleet Street’s St. Dunstan in the West.
ST. DUNSTAN IN THE WEST
Pleased to announce the return of the POP-UP art gallery at Lansdowne Park after a two month lockdown. I’ll be showing a few panels amongst a dozen other artists from the Glebe Community here in central Ottawa. Hope to see you there!
Winter has gripped the land. Was fortunate to capture the following image in Gatineau, Quebec. This old barn with “French” ventilators was in a perfect state of detioration for photography: a year earlier would have been too early and next winter would be too late as the shed might collapse.
King’s College Chapel is considered one of the finest examples of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England and is a landmark symbol for the University of Cambridge. Started by King Henry II and finished by King Henry VIII,
The Chapel is an active house of worship, and home of the world famous King’s College Choir.
Years ago I was fortunate to receive a ticket to a Christmas even song carol sing. May you be so lucky!
Christmas carol’s from King’s: