My foot scuffed something. I was walking down the Kloveniersburgwal in Amsterdam in 2018 when something slightly tripped me over. I looked down and saw something shiny embedded into the pavement. There were small plaques, which stood slightly proud from the brickwork. They resembled brass beer coasters, so I knelt down for a closer look. […]Read More Stumbling Stones
by Christina It’s funny- you can live in London for years, and every so often you still come across an area of the city you have never been to and know nothing about. I have lived on the outskirts of London for most of my 32 years, and I had never been to Bethnal Green […]Read More Horror in The Dark – The Bethnal Green Tube Station Disaster of 1943 and its Memorial
by Sheldon & Christina (Written yesterday, on 11/01/2016, after meeting at the Three Tuns pub, now Zizzi’s Beckenham, where Bowie started his musical career) Sheldon It was the news, first thing on Monday morning, when the context of Blackstar clicked into place as the 28th and final entry into Bowie’s catalogue. Upon its release, the jarring, stark, melancholy album of […]Read More Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance The Blues – A Bowie Tribute.
by Christina In Berlin, we went to see the Holocaust Memorial. It was raining as we arrived. The memorial is rows and rows of concrete blocks – they go back and back and back. They start off at knee height and as you walk further and further in they rise above your head and […]Read More Outside London: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
On a sunny day in May, I went for a walk and photo outing. Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery, located in the London Borough of Bromley. It was an intrinsic part of my childhood, and is probably the reason that I found Sheldon’s original proposal for trips to all 7 of the Magnificent London cemeteries so […]Read More ‘A Quiet, Beautiful Slope About a Mile On The Southern Side of Crystal Palace’
by Christina This Valentine’s Day we thought we’d celebrate a now world famous memorial to life and to love… As you walk around London (or any big city), you’ll notice an ever growing abundance of padlocks with names scrawled on them in Sharpie (or sometimes even engraved) swinging from railings on bridges and chainlink fences. […]Read More Lovelocks London
When the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert 2014 debuted, there was a debate on the radio on whether choosing to depict the Christmas 1914 truce between British and German soldiers in the trenches as a triviality, involving the giving of chocolate to one another and using this historic event to sell things, is an appropriate way to for […]Read More Different Types of Memorial and Ways to Remember
by Christina I decided that a month dedicated to World War One remembrance would not be complete without a trip to the Tower of London to view the incredible Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red progressive exhibit that’s down in the famous grassy moat until 11 November. By now I’m sure that you’ve seen […]Read More Remembering Land and Sea on Tower Hill
by Christina You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Postman’s Park exists, even if you know the area of St Paul’s in the City of London. It’s so SMALL. And out of the way – if you come to it via St Martin Le Grand, the entrance is marked by a big tree and an […]Read More Postman’s Park 2:- Watt’s Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice
by Christina In March 2001 I started writing in an online diary called Open Diary. It was the predecessor to pretty much every blog that currently takes up space on the Information Superhighway. It existed alongside Livejournal, it’s really that old. This weekend just gone, on 7 February 2014, it disappeared from the Internet forever, […]Read More The Lost Cemetery of Prose – a Tribute to Open Diary.