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Lusitania’s Dead, Old Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork

21 Mar

As I searched for the three mass graves of the victims of RMS Lusitania at the Old Cemetery, Queenstown, now Cobh, my hair stood on end and my body tingled.

I quickly realised I had just walked over the first mass grave site…a  moment I shall never forget.

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Picture of the Day: Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Space

1 Mar

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Photograph by Terry Virts

International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this image of a Vulcan hand salute from orbit as a tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy played science officer Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series that served as an inspiration to generations of scientists, engineers and sci-fi fans around the world. Cape Cod and Boston, Massachusetts, Nimoy’s home town, are visible through the station window.

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New Merchant Navy and Bertram Mackennal stamps

29 Sep

A fitting tribute to the wonderful Merchant Navy and some of her fine ships of yesteryear…have to say the Cutty Sark is a family favourite, great greatuncle Linton, Moir & Ritchie built…

First Class Cutty Sark

First Class Cutty Sark

The British Postal Museum & Archive blog

As always during Stampex Royal Mail are issuing several sets of new stamps. Today sees the launch of a commemorative issue on the Merchant Navy and commemorative sheets marking the 150thanniversary of the birth of Bertram Mackennal.

Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy stamps salute the heritage of the UK’s trading fleet of ships, run by various companies. These export and import goods from around the world as well as carrying passengers, and historically have been intertwined with the fortunes of the nation.

The accompanying miniature sheet honours the contribution of the Merchant Navy in times of war, when its ships assisted in the war effort. 2013 will mark the 70th anniversary of the turning point of what is called the Battle of the Atlantic, after which losses reduced considerably.

Bertram Mackennal

Bertram Mackennal was born on 12th June 1863 in Melbourne, Australia, to parents of Scottish descent. After initial…

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Windjammers: The Last Grain Races

11 Aug

This silent footage is spliced together from three films in the SA Maritime Museum Collection capturing life on board a windjammer.

Footage was shot by Alan Villiers on ‘Parma’ in 1933, and on ‘Passat’ by Thomas Wells in 1938 and 1939 and Jack Wadrop in 1948.

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Psalm 51, for Harold xxx

29 Mar

The sweetest of song to escape from the Sistine Chapel…

The Choir of Claire College, Cambridge.

I had the joy of listening to a performance last year

at Douai Abbey, Woolhampton, Berkshire.

Sweet sweet tears…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miserere_(Allegri)

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There Is A Green Hill Far Away – King’s College Choir, Cambridge.

29 Mar

The choir of King’s College, Cambridge sing this lovely Easter hymn.

I remember this  well from my childhood in Scotland.

“Mrs Cecil Frances Al­ex­an­der wrote this hymn as she sat up one night with her ser­i­ous­ly sick daugh­ter. Ma­ny times, tra­vel­ing to town to shop, she had passed a small grassy mound, just out­side the old ci­ty wall of Der­ry, Ire­land. It al­ways made her think of Cal­va­ry, and it came to mind as she wrote this hymn.”

There Is a  Green Hill Far Away.

Music by William Horsley.

There is a green hill far away,
without a city wall,
where our dear Lord was crucified
who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell,
what pains he had to bear,
but we believe it was for us
he hung and suffered there.

He died that we might be forgiven,
he died to make us good,
that we might go at last to heaven,
saved by his precious blood.

There was no other good enough
to pay the price of sin,
he only could unlock the gate
of heaven and let us in.

O dearly, dearly has he loved!
And we must love him too,
and trust in his redeeming blood,
and try his works to do.

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Servant’s Stairwell shaped to accommodate a coffin lowered from the servant’s quarters.

20 Mar

Servant's Stairwell shaped to accommodate a coffin from the servant's quarters.

Berrington Hall
A National Trust Property.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall/