The eleventh day of the eleventh month of the two thousand and eleventh year, at eleven o’clock in the morning. The ninety-third anniversary of the armistice at the end of World War One. Once again, an anniversary acknowledged in a simple but moving and dignified way in the centre of Derby. The well-known verse of Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’ was quoted aloud. (They shall grow not old…)
Well, T is for Tara who gives us the prompts. But you know that already. Then again, T is for trees. This was the subject for a photo gallery a while back, before this blog began, so I’m going to seize the opportunity now. Any excuse for a tree picture!
For this prompt, I’m going to show you some photos taken the a ceremony held in Derby on September 3rd, 2009, to mark the 70th anniversary of the start of World War Two, when wreaths were laid at the war memorial in the market square. I have already drawn on this event last week, from a different standpoint – it was a very simple, very respectful, and very moving occasion. I witnessed it purely fortuitously – I just happened to be in the city centre at the time. This underlines the maxim: Carry your camera – always. So first, I’ll just illustrate the ceremony:
Now let’s have a look at the face of the standard bearer as he remembers the fallen:
…and then, as he presents the standard. (Yes, it’s the same man!)
On that day, however, the square was not entirely filled with sadness. These four veterans had time for a picture, a chat, and, despite some grim memories, a laugh!
Aside from those who inspire me personally, whom I don’t wish to discuss here, I often think that those who have given their lives for their country, so that many privileges, that we take for granted, have been preserved and passed on to us who live now, are a source of great inspiration to us – or certainly should be. So, too, are those who carry respect for all such people in their hearts.
Just one colour, the lady said. Just pick one.
Now, there’s a poser, thought I. A spectrum, madam? A kaleidoscope? A veritable riot of chromaticity? On all counts, I could supply you from stock. But one colour… ah, there, you have me…
Full of such musings, I walked out onto my patio – and there, the answer hit me between the eyes. Or, more correctly, hit me right in the eyes. Here it is: I give you…
This post was prompted by ‘The Gallery’ here.It's kind to share!
Ever since earliest times, one important feature of a home has been the provision of artificial light. Indeed, the progressive development of domestic lighting makes a fascinating study, from the firebrand to the light-emitting diode. In particular, recent advancements in small ‘compact fluorescent’ lamps have enabled the conversion of electrical energy into light without wasting so much as heat, as had already been achieved with larger linear fluorescent lamps. At the same time, advances in phosphors used in these lamps mean that the colour appearance of the light given out is much pleasanter than that of the so-called ‘white’ fluorescent lighting that has been in common use for many years.
So now, your chosen ‘table lamp’ can give a friendly light, yet be energy efficient too. Here is a favourite of mine.
Well, you can put clips on bags. You can share. You can allow yourself so much a day. But it’s hard sometimes. This picture should help to make clear what I mean. That’s all for now!
This picture was taken just outside Harlech Castle, and brings back happy memories of a day trip to the Welsh coast in the early summer of last year. The harp music was beautiful, and I thought the player’s hands made an interesting study!
So. Shoes, the lady asks for, and shoes, she – and you, gentle reader – will get. Even though I’m no great collector of them. I count myself fortunate to find a matching pair, with non-snapped laces, as and when I need them. but what about these?
You see, sometimes, not only feet, but also wheels, have shoes. But, unlike a smart pair of stilettos, ladies, they’re no fashion accessory. In fact, they spend their working life hidden away inside a metal drum which spins with the wheel, the shoes themselves being mounted on a backplate. Whenever a hydraulically-operated system pushes them outwards, the friction thus set up between shoes and drum slows the vehicle.
Although, increasingly, cars are now being equipped with disc brakes on all wheels, drums and shoes, many times bigger than these here, are still used on heavy goods vehicles – and stopping one of those is no mean task! Just think how many shoes there are on a road tanker! Oh, and the driver has a pair, too.It's kind to share!
As this is a late entry, it seems fitting to have something at the other end of the scale, size-wise, from Tara’s lovely opener. So here it is: an example of the ‘small’ in ‘All creatures great and small.’
This shot was taken not long ago, near to where I happened to be working on a Saturday after noon.It's kind to share!