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Oh what a lovely war

19 Jul
The Government’s announcement in 2012 that it was to spend millions on celebrating, oh sorry, commemorating, the centenary of the slaughter of the First World War must have brought tears of joy to meeja types. With just over a week till the start date no doubt they’ll be gearing themselves up for a feeding frenzy. All rather sickening really.  Bookshops’ shelves groan with the latest WW1 tasteful tomes as publishers seek to cash in. Not to be outdone, in fact, way out in the vanguard as would be of keeper of the nations memories, the BBC is touting this little touring circus designed to “reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities”, nice work if you can get it. And when this bean feast is over we will, to paraphrase Lloyd George, have to go through it again in 25 years and at three times the cost.

Sudden elegancies

20 Sep
This is the view across Queen Victoria Square from Princes Quay’s multi-storey car park. I knew there had to be a good use for those motor car crèches.


26 Aug
This is the fountain in Queen’s Gardens in front of the newish BBC building which also has fashionable apartments for city centre living.