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Italy’s Invisible Cities

“Using the latest 3D scanning technology, Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott uncover the hidden history of Italian civilisation and city life. 360º videos of Naples, Florence and Venice” more


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Signposts

“Myths, legends and stories are the signposts previous generations have left us so we don’t have to figure out our own personal journey in solitude (they have to be metaphorical, because their interpretation will be different for each individual life)” Fred Van Lente

Perhaps if we are a little lost at the moment we have to look back as well as look forward to those who will look back to us.


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Eleys Pork Pies and the Iron Bridge

Eleys Pork Pies and the Iron Bridge - m.joy

 

Standing on the very center of the Iron Bridge, feeling little scared looking down to the river below when Eleys Pork Pies, caught my eye.


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POW

Have always wondered where my high cheekbones come from. Finally one small piece of information appeared gave me a solid explanation. My aunt, the oldest and who had emmigrated, had on a certificate her place of birth – different from what we had all thought.

Also been trying to discover more about another relative whose incredible journey led him from the Ukraine mainly westwards.  Finally thru war injury he arrived on a red cross ship near Lenningrad, told the last ship that escaped but then captured by Allies and taken to a POW Camp near Grenoble in France where he stayed until the 50s digging trenches for water pipes thru the Alps. Dynamiting too. They ate grass because they were starving and buried their friends. Never liked history but it is amazing to know what your relatives went thru and suggest talk to your mum, dad, aunts, uncles and grandparents – if you have them. What they remember is all about what made you.

It has shocked me – how POWs were treated despite the Geneva Convention by all sides but also encouraging how people survive the most terrible things.


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Kaninchenfeld (Rabbit Field) – Karla Sachse

Kaninchenfeld” (Rabbit Field), Karla Sachse

“Running, crouching, hopping – 120 silhouettes in the form of life-size inlaid rabbits dot the area once occupied by the former Chausseestrasse border crossing in the Wedding borough,  a memory of the peaceful inhabitants of the former “no man’s land” who served back then as an object of protection for people on both sides of the Wall” (www.berlin.de)

“At first glance there’s not much to see here aside from the usual Berliner Tristesse.  A gas station, a busy road and a massive construction site. But on closer inspection – the secret of the Chauseestraße unravels. A thin brick line crosses through the street – the memorial of where the Berlin Wall once stood. The brass Rabbits – better known by its official name “Kaninchenfeld” was a project by the Berliner Artist Karla Sachse, who in 1999 created the installation at the former Inner-German border crossing Chaussee- / Ecke Liesenstraße. The rabbits tenaciously continued to dig their tunnels on and on,  brazenly ignored the border and its limitations.

120 brass rabbits once populated the Chauseestraße Border crossing – but like their real life counterparts, they are slowly vanishing.

The Berlin Wall once divided East and West Berlin here, creating a 120 Kilometer strip of no mans land. While it was off-limits to people – the Rabbits found it fair game, digging tunnels from west to east, east to west and merrily populating the green death belt of Berlin.

The Rabbits of the Berlin Wall lead a comfortable life, undisturbed and unaware of the political turmoil surrounding them. At least until the Wall came down. The Rabbits now had to find a new home and adjust to their new surroundings, as the wall that once meant death to the people was their safe haven. The rabbits quickly relocated into the Parks, Bushes and Gardens nearby” (www.digitalcosmonaut.com)


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Eden Project at Shoreham Cement Works?

Don’t know why but the Cement Works has been on my mind – distraction from other things suppose – wondered about balancing preserving modern history and Governments drive for turning every inch of space into housing, even greenfield land, so reallised there must be a reason a potentially dangerous building on brownfield land just sits and watches time pass

Found this uptodate link online where there are proposals for the land.Seems the current owners are in talks.

The reason why the land has not been touched is asbestos and the cost of cleaning up this huge site – 15 million….more