30th November


Taken in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
'The Nuremberg Trials at 70'

70 years ago last Friday, the War Crimes Trials which brought the most prominent Nazi leaders to account in a Military Tribunal, began in Nuremberg. It was a milestone in the way guilty leaders were brought to account, and continues to influence the way leaders are tried today. Nuremberg itself is a modern miracle. From the bombed city of the Second World War, it has now become a thriving hub of metropolitan Europe. However the Germans have not forgotten their past, and since the end of the war have taken it upon themselves to teach their young people its history. One of the curators of the permanent exhibition now housed in the former Nazi headquarters told us how school children had seen photographs of their grandparents in SAS uniform for the first time, bringing them face to face with their past. The city suffered bomb damage but has been rebuilt to bring back its' former charm. This scene is one of my favourites. It's one of the many bridges over Pegnitz river and shows the beauty of the old city.

16th November

Firework 6

Taken in Chiddingstone

"Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot..."

As a child, Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes, was one of the most mysterious nights of the year. The anticipation of going out dressed to the nines in warm waterproof clothes. Putting on woolly hats, stripy scarfs and knitted gloves to dress up warm against the encroaching darkness. Walking over muddy and rain-battered ground to the Sports field. Buying the latest glow stick item, whether a bracelet or necklace, and being full of excitement at the array of 'glow in the dark' products on sale. The smell of the bonfire mixed with the acrid smoke of the gunpowder and the bangs of the fireworks combined with the crowd's oohs and aahs. Although communal fireworks are a big event in the village calendar, my favourite gatherings are between two or three families and take place in a back garden. Here you can write your name with a glowing wand of spitting fire and relish each colour and dancing shape.

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