Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lithuania and the Jews, still a difficult question for the country……..but there is hope.

It’s not every day that Lithuanian high school students block the entrance to their school to keep out their principal and demand the return to work of a beloved teacher who, in their opinion, was unfairly dismissed. In fact, as … Continue reading

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A recuperation walk along the canal on a beautiful morning……….

After a dose of what I think was Novovirus earlier in the week which confined me to bed for the best part of thirty-six hours, I began to feel better yesterday and managed to eat a little food. So after … Continue reading

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The Protecting Veil…….neglected masterpiece

For the composer John Tavener, who died aged 69 in 2013, creativity sprang from religious faith. Many of his works held an appeal for audiences that did not necessarily identify with contemporary music or the theological values from which he … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial, Day 27 January 2017

In memory of all the Jews, Russian POW, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Disabled and other minority groups who were deemed by the Nazis to be “untermenschen” and therefore suitable for extermination. Nothing else needs be said.

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The herons are back……………..

Clear blue sky this morning so shot down to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to try and get some decent photographs of the park. I was a shade too late to get the mist on the lake but managed to capture … Continue reading

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A Polish woman who came to UK and embraced British culture and no expectations of handouts…….welcome.

Anna Maria Bak, 27, is Polish and works in A&E at Colchester General Hospital.  “I came to the UK for the first time in 2010. I had studied English philology at university in the Polish town of Krosno. Philology is … Continue reading

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A grey day in the Lakes……not to mention the two RAF Tornado jets!

Paid a flying visit to the Lake District yesterday and was greeted by grey skies, very low cloud and pretty poor light. Nevertheless, even in such poor conditions it is still difficult not to be impressed by the majesty of … Continue reading

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Derwent Reservoir and a sunny winters day………….

Yesterday (Saturday) was a glorious winters day so I decided that a visit to Derwent Valley in the Peak District of Derbyshire would be in order to complete the walk around part of the reservoir (see map above for details … Continue reading

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Ah, those racist and xenophobic British……….well perhaps not!

A trucker who raised nearly £200,000 for relatives of the driver killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack is to be thanked by the Polish ambassador at a ceremony in London. Dave Duncan, from Otley, set up a crowdfunding campaign to … Continue reading

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Lloyds Bank……..lousy customer service

On the 3 January 2017 I visited  Lloyds Bank in Huddersfield where I have had a business account for about the last eighteen years. The purpose of my visit was to try to obtain copies of my bank statements for … Continue reading

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