WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle

On this night, one hundred years ago, men were packed into trenches and billets all along the battle front of the Somme. Overhead, shells continued to fly from the heavy artillery that had been pounding the German lines for weeks. This bombardment, their officers assured them, would destroy the barbed wire, the machine gun posts, … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle

What is Travel? Some thoughts …

“One more step and I’ll be the furthest away from home I’ve ever been.”That line, or something close to it at any rate, is uttered by Sam Gamgee to Frodo during the earliest stages of the journey that ended at Mount Doom, and has always struck a chord with me. Frodo, already worried about the … Continue reading What is Travel? Some thoughts …

Film Review: Concerning Hobbits

As the title implies, I went to see “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” last night and now I feel the urge to tell people about it.Since this could be considered very slightly spoilery (I mention a couple of scenes but nothing detailed) you may wish to turn back now. If not ... the read on, my precious … Continue reading Film Review: Concerning Hobbits