Pandemic

Pandemic

During the second evening of complete lockdown in my apartment in Dorchester, Dorset, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I chose to watch a documentary on Amazon Prime called Influenza of 1918. I had heard of a term in literature ‘the grippe’ which is an old fashioned word...
Why is it we want to memorialise ourselves?

Why is it we want to memorialise ourselves?

“Why is it we want so badly to memorialize ourselves? Even while we’re still alive. We wish to assert our existence, like dogs peeing on fire hydrants. We put on display our framed photographs, our parchment diplomas, our silver-plated cups; we monogram our...
National Memorial Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum

Located a few miles from the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire is the UK’s National Memorial Arboretum. The Arboretum was officially opened on 16 May 2001, but has undergone a big regeneration project more recently that has led to it becoming an award...
Memorial Vandalism

Memorial Vandalism

Digital memorials can be as susceptible to vandalism as can traditional memorials such as grave stones. The picture above is of St John’s Church graveyard in Pemberton, Wigan in England taken in 2015. The picture was uploaded to a public Facebook group in the area and...
Charlton Byam Wollaston

Charlton Byam Wollaston

When the weather is hot I sometimes walk via the Borough Gardens in Dorchester and along West Walks which is often cool as it is shaded by big trees. Halfway along is a large garden gate with an inscription above it. The gateway is a memorial to Charlton Byam...

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