On this day: Chopin in Warsaw

Odsłonięcie_pomnika_Fryderyka_Chopina_w_Warszawie_1926 Ceremony of unveiling of Frédéric Chopin monument in Warsaw on 14th November 1926

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14th November 1926: A ceremony is held in Warsaw, Poland to unveil the monument to composer Frédéric Chopin. Chopin was born near the Polish capital in 1810, dying in Paris in 1849.

Celebrating the end of the Great War

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close.

On the 5th of the month captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admiralty Arch to Buckingham Palace.

On the 13th of November the guns were taken to Trafalgar Square, where people attempted to set them alight in a bonfire.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

The_Mall_(13962686919)These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall,

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admira

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field guns were put on display along the Mall, stretching from Admira

And a display on nearby Waterloo Place, St James’s.

These images were taken in London in early November of 1918, as the First World War drew to a close. Captured German field gun on Waterloo Place St James's.

A Jane Austen Christmas

Is anyone thinking about Christmas yet? I am!

May I draw your attention to these (real) gold and silver foil Christmas cards for sale, available to be shipped worldwide, featuring a Christmas quote from the final pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

Gold and White

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Gold Version 1

Silver with Brown Paper

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Silver Version 2

Gold with Grey Paper

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Gold Version 2

Silver and White

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Silver Version 1

And, if you’re not sure how shiny they’ll actually be in real life, here are some other Christmas cards from the same supplier I have bought in the past. (English Christmas cards and Ukrainian Christmas cards.)

English Christmas Cards Silver Sonya Heaney Zazzle Products

English and Ukrainian Christmas Cards Silver Sonya Heaney Zazzle Products

On this day…

The_Battle_of_the_Somme,_July-november_1916_Battle of the Ancre. An Army Chaplain of the Army Chaplains' Department helping along a wounded German prisoner taken on the 13th of November

13th November 1916: On the first day of the Battle of Ancre – part of the larger Battle of the Somme – a British Army Chaplain helps a wounded German prisoner near Aveluy Wood.

Poppies for Remembrance Day – 100 Years

Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney  11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.jpg

Thousands of Poppies First world War One Sonya Heaney 11th November 2018 Australian War Memorial Canberra.

Thousands and thousands of handmade poppies at the Australian War Memorial for Remembrance Day, and a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Australia committed to the war before Britain even declared it, and Canberra turned on a sunny, hot, blue-skied, beautiful day for the occasion.

Because I live in Canberra, love history, and have a military father, I visit the War Memorial quite often. However, today was special, and because I’ve been overseas for much of the past few months, and today was the last day to see all the poppies before they go, (there are poppies at Parliament House, too, but they’re there for another week), I had to visit.

Long Tan Cross

Because I live in Canberra and have a former military father (and love history!), I spend quite a lot of time at the Australian War Memorial.

I went with my father today, half because of the occasion (one hundred years since the First World War ended) – to see the thousands and thousands of handmade poppies in the garden out the front (today was the last day for the exhibition), and half because I’m currently working on the memoirs of a Military Cross-winning Vietnam veteran (my father’s commander in the war), and he was heavily involved in the Long Tan dedication ceremony.

Long Tan is by far the most famous (infamous?) battle in Australia’s involvement in Vietnam, and my father knows people in the iconic photograph.

The cross arrived at the War Memorial not all that long ago, and this is the first time I’ve seen it in its special new room. Unfortunately that room – as they tried to make it a quiet place for reflection – is practically hidden, and I think most visitors will miss it…

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Capital life and random beauty…

Because I live in Canberra and have a former military father (and love history!), I spend quite a lot of time at the Australian War Memorial.

I went with my father today, half because of the occasion (one hundred years since the First World War ended) – to see the thousands and thousands of handmade poppies in the garden out the front (today was the last day for the exhibition), and half because I’m currently working on the memoirs of a Military Cross-winning Vietnam veteran (my father’s commander in the war), and he was heavily involved in the Long Tan dedication ceremony.

Long Tan is by far the most famous (infamous?) battle in Australia’s involvement in Vietnam, and my father knows people in the iconic photograph.

The cross arrived at the War Memorial not all that long ago, and this is the first time I’ve seen it in its special new…

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