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Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve message in 1968.

1968 saw the planet Earth in a bit of a mess. Parts of Asia was in flames, Martin Luther King had been assassinated, & many cities had been torn apart by rioting. However, if you remember watching the HBO miniseries

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Black athletes make silent protest during 1968 Olympic podium ceremony.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists in the 200m, stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony. Read more about this protest in an Article

More iconic photographs.

What a story each of these iconic photographs tells…. Read more about each photograph (and more iconic photographs) here: The Most Influential Images of All Time produced by Time Magazine. http://100photos.time.com/

Somehow this has become routine.

Putting ‘Greatest Speeches’ search into YouTube came up with this speech by President Obama in October 2015. He was speaking in response to a mass shooting at Umpqua college in Roseburg. Whilst I cannot pretend to understand U.S. Politics on

Pale Blue Dot Photograph…. Our Earth, Our home, That’s us in a pixel.

Just once in a while an image, a music score, or speech holds me absolutely  spell bound…. It was just an ordinary Thursday evening last week & a speculative Youtube search for ‘greatest speeches’ came up with a speech by Carl

Some of my mobile phones through the years.

As I re-organise my display cabinet, I spared a few thoughts to the people who have phoned & texted me through the years. Some I still know, some have moved on…… I guess many defining moments of my life have

A visit to a junk shop brings memories flooding back!

One of the advantages of living, or even visiting a big town or city, is the increased chance that you will come across my personal favourite type of retail outlet, a good old fashioned Junk Shop! For me, many pleasurable

Nasa meets the Clangers! Collecting moon rock is boring, have some Blue string pudding instead!

A piece of Genesis rock or a large helping of blue string pudding? Must of been a tough decision for the Apollo 15 crew!

The worst form of inequality?

A truism even today?

Iconic T.V. Theme. BBC’s ‘Holiday Programme.

Just had to add this theme track and video as it seems to capture some of what ‘Invitation to the city’ is about. It also takes me back to my childhood, and late evening television and the occasional school organised holiday. Okay,