Take the kids to … Western Approaches, Liverpool War Museum

A reopened secret wartime bunker that was used by Churchill and staffed by WRNS and WAAF personnel offers an educational day out – and the cheapest cup of tea in the land.

Nick Ut: a career in photography – in pictures

Associated Press photographer Nick Ut took one of the most famous photographs of all time – of a young girl running along a road in Vietnam after a napalm raid. But during his 51 years as a press photographer, Ut worked as a staff photographer, covering many and varied assignments

Dispute over ‘patriotism’ delays opening of Gdańsk’s new war museum

Poland’s conservative government has decided that the port city’s new landmark exhibiting the horrors of the second world war isn’t sufficiently nationalist

Mostar – Triangular War memorial

If the visitor just sees the area around the Turkish bridge, they would find it difficult to believe there was ever a war in Mostar. To find this evidence the visitor should walk past the Karadozbeg Mosque and the Roznamendi Effendi Mosque to the Musala Bridge and look at the ruins of the Neretva Hotel.Continue reading “Mostar – Triangular War memorial”

Dubrovnik – Mount Srd

Dubrovnik’s cable-car runs from the north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srd in just under four minutes. The top of the mountain is 405 metres above the city and the views from the cable-car station are stupendous, although the best views are from the roof of the Napoleonic Fort, which housesContinue reading “Dubrovnik – Mount Srd”

Life in War – Pictures from Afghanistan

Iranian photographer Majid Saeedi has won the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award for his project Life in War. An exhibition of his work and other entrants is on now at the Bronx Documentary Center and runs until 26 October. Here are some of those photos.

Culloden Battlefield

I understand that battlefields are not everyone’s idea of a day out, but if you are ever close to Inverness please visit the Culloden battlefield. On April 16th 1746 the Highland army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army in just under an hour of vicious fighting. The threeContinue reading “Culloden Battlefield”

Amazon, George Orwell, and 1984

Thank you to the New York Times for high-lighting the accurate Orwellian quotes mentioned below and to Amazon for providing the inaccurate Orwellian quote mentioned below. I recently received an email from Kindle Direct Publishing in which Amazon told me how the book industry hated mass-market paperbacks when they were introduced in the 1930s. ToContinue reading “Amazon, George Orwell, and 1984”