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Rick Rescorla: A real hero remembered.

When I was teaching I came across the story of how Rick Rescorla helped save the lives of 2,687 people during the 2001 terrorist attack on the Word Trade Centre. Believing that in the event of a major disaster, the employees of Morgan

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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

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

People can live with a Mental Health condition.

Another theme which this blog will explore is the experiences of those who live in the city with a Mental Health diagnosis. I’ll start with an article published in the Guardian about Debbie who discovered that: ‘Art allowed me to

A bleak vision of the city?

This advert came on the T.V. whilst I was watching something I cant even remember. But I was totally captured by the animation, & the song in the ad. The story of the advert: ‘Young Jack and his faithful little

The Heroine of Trafalgar: The Fighting Temeraire (1839)

Always liked this painting by Turner. The heroine of Trafalgar, the Fighting Temeraire, is towed up the Thames to be broken up at Rotherhithe. No longer loved, she is being towed by steam tugs which illustrate how new technologies replace

The iconic Concorde.

Photograph courtesy of The Telegraph. As a result of technological advances in transport through the last 200 years, the time it takes to physically travel between two places has steadily been reduced. However, in 2003 with the retirement of the supersonic Concorde

Music for the Soul: Gaia by James Taylor.

Lost for words to say how much this track underscores my personal history and life journey!

Earthrise: Christmas eve 1968.

Cannot fail to be moved by the Earthrise photograph taken on Christmas eve 1968. Officially tagged as AS8-14-2383, the photograph taken by William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission to orbit the moon was credited as the most influential environmental photograph

Nature in the City.

When I first started this blog, I posted about a guy called Richard who reclaims unloved patches of public land for the benefit of the local community. I came across his story in a T.V. commercial…