Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, the 27th of January, is Holocaust Memorial Day, and the date is chosen because it marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Having visited Auschwitz many times, today has particular resonance for me. I feel very passionately that we need to remember and reflect and I worry …

Remembrance Sunday

I'll be taking Bailey out for a bit of a run so he can burn off some energy (and therefore hopefully be less likely to bark at the other dogs) and then both of us will walk down to the Village War Memorial to attend the 10:45 open-air service of remembrance. We do the same …

Gandy Dancers

Continuing my preparation for the upcoming 'Tracks Of The Deep South' Tour and I came across the Gandy Dancers. Their songs, combined with the spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants of Black America feed directly into the creation of the Blues, and since we'll be visiting Beale Street, Memphis, the birthplace of the Blues, …

America’s Founding History

I'm now in the final stages of prep for this tour, and I have to say that I'm rather looking forward to it. In just under two weeks we cover a little bit of the early colonies (Jamestown), The American Revolution (Yorktown), The Civil War (Gettysburg & Virginia) and The Declaration of Independence/Constitution (Monticello, Washington …

Selfies

There isn't a place that I haven't visited where the experience hasn't been been at least slightly marred by some idiot taking a selfie. In days gone by I used to take groups around Auschwitz/Birkenau; the day I realised that it might be time to slow up was the day that I watched a man make a …

“I was strolling on the moon one day…”

How quickly we became blasé about space exploration. I admired the courage of NASA and the Astronauts when I was young, and still do, so I was saddened to read of the passing of Gene Cernan. He even found time to join his fellow Apollo 17 astronaut Jack Schmitt in singing while  moonwalking - Michael Jackson, watch …

Martin Luther King Day

Each year, on the third Monday in January there is a Federal National Holiday in the USA to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. - the first national holiday to honor an individual black American. This remarkable man, a Baptist Minister, was the primary civil rights spokesman for the campaign of non-violent activism that …