Of late I find myself crying at the slightest thing. A couple of weeks ago there was a rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the telly as part of the BBC Proms season. I recorded it at the time and watched it last night. I cried, as the chorus got into their stride, tears came … Continue reading Tears of a Crown
We laid our father to rest on Thursday last, my sisters, my brother and me and I couldn't be prouder of my brother Michael who dug the grave. Dad was buried, as per his wishes, next to his mother and father in a plot that Michael had had the foresight to reserve many years ago. … Continue reading Thanks dad, rest easy…
About 35 km from the city of Katowice and 50 km from Kraków in the south west of Poland is a town called Oświęcim (think Osh-vyen-tchim). I went there last year (2016) and looking out from the windows of the mini-bus I was in it looks very much like any other part of small-town Poland. … Continue reading It’s another bright summer day in Kraków
I had a “moment” earlier… I was listening to Misplaced Childhood by Marillion, it got to the bit: My childhood, a misplaced childhood Give it back to me, give it back to me A childhood, that childhood Oh please give it back to me. I was looking at this model locomotive that had belonged to … Continue reading I had a “moment”
In the cemetery. Every day on the way to work, and on the way home again for that matter, I walk through a cemetery. At either end of this cemetery is a busy road but once in the cemetery there is a certain level of peace and quiet as you might expect from such a … Continue reading Life and Remembrance
What is it about death? There was a time when we didn’t exist and there will come a time when we no longer exist. I’m paraphrasing there, some vaguely remembered quotation. Is it that this tenuous grip that we have on life is so addictive that we don’t want to let go? Let's be rational … Continue reading What is it about death?