Category Archives: TOURING

VISIT TO CHAFFEY’S LOCKS

A day’s trip to Chaffey’s Locks and the Opinicon Road yesterday produced a good variety of species. One disappointment was the lack of a Golden-winged Warbler. However, I was able to improve my captures of the following. All in all … Continue reading

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SAINT GEORGE’S DAY 2024

In celebration of England’s patron saint, Saint George. THE MALL, CENTRAL LONDON

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IRANIAN DRONE ATTACKS ON ISRAEL

Last night Iran launched a sustained drone missile attack on Israel. At this hour, reliable information is scarce but it would seem that most of the drones have been neutralised by the Israeli Air Force with the help of RAF … Continue reading

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GRAND NATIONAL 2024

Today is the running of the Grand National Race at Aintree, England. The spectacle will be viewed by 600 million people round the world. The race was introduced to a North American audience by the film National Velvet, starring Mickey … Continue reading

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THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN

Today on certain religious calendars is St. Stephen’s day, ie. the day Good King Wencelas and page marched through a snow storm to provide a surprise feast for a lowly peasant.  ST. STEPHEN’S GATE, TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM According to legend, … Continue reading

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

Christmas Eve  2023 A time for counting one’s blessings and thoughtful reverence  for the true spirit of Christmas.   A time for reflecting on Christmas eves past which in my case go from the sublime to the ridiculous. First the sublime. … Continue reading

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PEARL HARBOR ATTACK

Today is the 82 anniversary of the Japanese attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. MEMORIAL TO THE BATTLE SHIP ARIZONA, PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII      

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TUNNEL WARFARE

With all the talk in the news of potential tunnel warfare in Gaza, I thought it timely to post a picture of myself in the Cu Chi tunnels during a tour of Vietnam a couple of decades back.   These … Continue reading

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KIBBUTZ MISGAV AM EVACUATED

Misgav Am, population 385, is the most northern kibbutz in Israel just metres from the Lebanese border. I visited back in 2018. Under threat of rocket and artillery fire, Misgav Am along with 38 other northern kibbutzim has today been … Continue reading

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HELL BREAKS LOOSE IN ISRAEL

On the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war, Hamas has struck a massive and highly coordinated attack on its Israeli neighbour.  1,400 Israeli civilians have been killed and over a hundred hostages taken back to Gaza. This horrific event … Continue reading

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