Dni Głogowa

Every Picture Tells a Story: Dni Głogowa

One day while walking along the lovely Odra river in Głogow on a hot and sunny day, I came upon the Museum of Archaeology and History in Głogow. Teenagers were reenacting some kind of WWII scene. This was done in conjunction with a yearly festival they have in the town called Dni Głogowa or Days…

Film Review: The Distant Barking of Dogs

Film Review: The Distant Barking of Dogs

Another film that featured at the New Zealand International Film Festival was The Distant Barking of Dogs. It’s the story of a young boy and his family who live on the Ukrainian and Russian border, on a slice of disputed land that is being fought over tooth and nail, for years. The people in this…

Every Picture Tells A Story: King George Military Hospital Chapel, 1915.

Every Picture Tells A Story: King George Military Hospital Chapel, 1915.

A still, melancholy and hushed photo of a vacant military hospital chapel in 1915, prior to the outbreak of the Great War. The King George Military Hospital opened in October 1915 in London. At the height of the Great War, in October 1917, it was said to be the largest military hospital in Britain with 1900…

The Art of Illusion: The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The Panorama of the Battle of Racławice (Panorama Racławicka) is a definite must on any trip to the city of Wrocław. The panorama is as iconic to Wrocław as Wawel Castle is to Kraków. The Wrocław Panorama is a gigantic 114 metre long and 15 metre high painting that depicts the battle of Racławice. This was an epic battle of…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Samurai Warrior, 19th Century

Every Picture Tells A Story: Samurai Warrior, 19th Century

Who were the Samurai?  For roughly a thousand years, from about the 800s to the late 1800s, warfare in Japan was dominated by an elite class of warriors known as the samurai. Horses were their special weapons: only samurai were allowed to ride horses in battle. Like European knights, the samurai served a lord (daimyo).…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Le Monocle of Montmartre during the roaring 20's

Every Picture Tells A Story: Le Monocle of Montmartre during the roaring 20’s

If you lived in Paris and particularly Montmartre during the 20's and 30's of last century then you were in for a night of debauchery and decadence after dark at a bar called Le Monocle. This part of Paris was where artists, bohemians, can-can dancers from the Moulin Rouge, business men, and the queer community all…

Documentary: Australia in the year 2020 (as envisaged in 1990)

This documentary from the late 80's/early 90's Australia offers fascinating insights into what the pre-internet world thought the new century i.e. right now would be like. As a child I remember watching this TV show and pondering about what 202o would be like. It felt like a pipedream to me, as inconceivable as driving a moon rocket…

Every Picture Tells A Story: War is Hell (1965)

Every Picture Tells A Story: War is Hell (1965)

Taken during the Vietnam War on June 18, 1965 173rd Airborne Brigade Battalion member Larry Wayne Chaffin smiles for the camera. The message on the helmet speaks volumes about his attitude to being drafted into the war. Larry Wayne Chaffin from St. Louis was 19 when the photowas taken and he served for one year. He…

A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

A trip to the Renaissance fortress and city of Zamość on a sunny summer weekend

We visited Zamość Fortress (Polish: Twierdza Zamość) and town on one of those perfect Polish summer days where the sun and heat pelted down and made everything bright and vivid. Locals and visitors in this far south eastern city of Poland seemed to have a spring in their step on this fine day and everyone…