Showing posts from April, 2013

ANZAC DAY in Warsaw - Poland - 98th Anniversary 2013

Early Spring in the beautiful Saxony Gardens in Warsaw on the fringes of which in Pilsudski Square the Anzac Day Ceremony takes place each year Click on images to enlarge Many Australians would find it surprising perhaps to discover that an Anzac Day ceremony has taken place here in Warsaw for some years. It is held in Pilsudski Square at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I have always felt that the broad notion of 'allies betrayed' has bound Poles, Australians and New Zealanders together in spirit however complex and many-sided the actual historical truth. In fact during World War II Poles and New Zealanders fought side by side at the appalling Battle of Monte Cassino. The Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade fought alongside Australian troops at the Siege of Tobruk. Three surviving members of the brigade took part in last year's ceremony (2012) but only one today.  The number diminishes with the passing of years but not the memory. A small number of bemus

Casual Car Club (CCC) Warsaw

For anyone interested in my classic car activities I am now Chairman of what we have called the Casual Car Club (CCC) formed recently in Warsaw to take advantage of the splendid motoring Poland has to offer. It was also an attempt to avoid the bureaucracy and political infighting that afflicts too many large car clubs.  We had our first excursion on Saturday April 20th to Nieborow and Arkadia. Nice pictures of the treasures of Poland even if you have no interest in cars!  You may like to read about the excursion on this link:

The Bugatti Queen

Club Lapel Badge I recently received my membership documents from the GRRC (Goodwood Road Racing Club) and a week or so later the annual luxurious and quite brilliant Goodwood Magazine. Of course it presents a style of life and expenditure that I can only dream of in real terms but this issue was particularly interesting with superbly illustrated articles on the Porsche 911 (50th birthday), William Knight the outstanding Goodwood horse trainer, the racing legend Jimmy Clark, the Boultbee Spitfire Academy where you can train to fly a Spitfire and a celebration of two decades of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I managed to attend the Goodwood Revival in 2009  in my concours 1949 MG TC (black with Apple-green Collingburn interior)  and am still recovering from the cost from Warsaw of that sublime weekend.     Click on photographs for best results (Leica D-Lux 4) A couple of period punters in the March Enclosure Goodwood Revival 2009  LXA 52 The beautifully

Papua New Guinea - The Present Violence

Click on to enlarge for a superior image  A carving by the great New Ireland  (Papua New Guinea) Master Carver Edward Sale from the island of Tabar contemplates the Polish winter with some pain and anger You may have come across this story, the content of which I found deeply shocking, even horrifying, although unsurprising in view of my studies and travels there. And I was shocked to read of the rape on KarKar Island (April 21st 2013 ) The following describes the horror: The author Michael Moran on KarKar Island in 2002 - happier and more peaceful times. Such

Edward Cahill and the Scarlet Pimpernel

Just a small sample text from the Edward Cahill biography I am writing  and preoccupied with to the detriment of the rest of my life!  The brilliant, rather dashing, but now forgotten Australian pianist (my great-uncle) was on familiar terms with many of the leading literary, musical and political lights of the day. He performed often for royalty and the aristocracy of the time. There are many postings on this blog concerning him. The whole enterprise is being generously funded in part by a literary grant from the Australia Council, the cultural wing of the Australian Government. His story will be a fine addition to Australian National Biographies. Anthony Andrews as Sir Peter Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel, in the 1982 movie ‘All done in the tying of a cravat’ Sir Percy had declared to his clique of admirers. We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel Sir Percy