Posts Tagged ‘History’

Sobering Thoughts……………..

Monday, August 24th, 2015

I still find it surprising, amazing & very sobering that the only time nuclear weapons have ever been used in anger was 70 years ago this year.

One survivor tells her story to the BBC – retold as an animation. You can see it here Hiroshima: Bun tells her story.

Whilst debate still rages about the ethics & decisions leading to the 2 bombs dropped on Japan in 1945 on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and no doubt will continue to rage alongside questions such as if the offensive really shorten the war, one thing is certain; it ushered in a new age, changing the cultural military & political landscape forever.

Whilst modern weapons (including nuclear devices) are more efficient, more powerful & more numerous than those used 70 years ago, it’s still worth stopping to think and remind ourselves of the human cost of warfare as well as the folly in failing to address basic human values.

Big fun In The Big Town

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Just seen in the Metro free paper, this documentary from 1986 is now out on DVD.

I must admit, I’ve never seen it, although I heard about it.

Although, not as acclaimed as Henry Chalfont’s earlier ‘Style Wars’, it nonetheless is a fascinating cultural time capsule

Although, much of this is available online – you can now own a bit of hip hop history yourself, without having to wait for your PC to buffer.

A glimpse into an emerging culture, where expression & talent was still at the core, with future stars in their (much) younger days.

There’d better be extras & unseen footage – now where’s my fat laces……….