I live, I breathe, Today,

A Today spent among
The promises of tomorrow,
And the death
Of tomorrow

I carry the choice of war
With the threat
Of Peace
Which will you choose
I wonder?

My gloved hand holds
A secret
But to which future?
Only you can tell.

You live, You choose, Today


Martin Addison, 12/12/2015

Forward Lads

This is a detail of the War Memorial Located at the junction of Station Road with Hills Road in Cambridge. The War Memorial stands outside the entrance to the Botanic Gardens. The Soldier looks towards the station, from where his fallen comrades will never disembark again. The memorial is called The Homecoming and is the work of Canadian sculptor Dr Robert Tait Mackenzie. It was unveiled by the then Duke of York, later King George VI, in July 1922. Information from Cambridge News. The memorial is dedicated to “The men of Cambridgeshire, The Isle of Ely, The Borough and University of Cambridge who served in The Great War 1914-1919 and in The World War 1939-1945” – the latter part of the dedication being added after WWII. Close inspection reveals that the soldier is carrying a rose with his tin hat and that the hat itself has a garland of olives.

Sunday November 09th 2014 saw us recalling the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and remembering the dead of both world wars and numerous conflicts since. My Remembrance Sundays are usually centred around attending the service at my local church. Sometimes circumstances preclude this act of solidarity with those who gave all in defence of our freedoms – my son was ill in 2009 and we were in Barnet Hospital on that Sunday…It didn’t stop me attending the Remembrance Parade in Barnet though and capturing this image…


…This year I attended the Remembrance Parade at Euston Station – a little off my local area…

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…So why was I at the Euston Remembrance Parade? Because Remembrance Sunday saw the first run of a steam locomotive out of the new St.Pancras Station and I felt that I should record the passage of the train through Kentish Town. I give you Royal Scot Class Locomotive 46115…

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…Named ‘Scots Guardsman’, I think she was a fitting choice of locomotive for Remembrance Sunday πŸ™‚ The 11th of November is officially Remembrance Day – Please try to find time to recall those who gave their lives for our freedoms as you go about your daily business.