Sunday, 27 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Thanks to two local folk the Ecklinville Cooking Apples are once again growing in Co. Down – with two other trees near Londonderry.
Research carried out by Mr. Mark Thompson identified the Ecklinville cooking apples arriving into Co. Down, in particular Ards Peninsula – over 400 years ago. More information can be found at Mark’s Blog – Blogging Fae the Burn and Darren Gibson’s Blog – Fae the Han o a Low Country Lad.
Today, we planted our Ecklinville apple tree in the back garden in North Down – Matthew, Christopher and Dudley gave me a hand.
I look forward to the first crop of apples – I can’t wait for an Ulster Scots apple tart / apple crumble!
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
As part of the Timewatch series, MacIntyre reveals the gripping true story of Britain's most extraordinary wartime double agent, Eddie Chapman. A notorious safe-breaker before the war, Chapman duped the Germans so successfully that he was awarded their highest decoration, the Iron Cross. He remains the only British citizen ever to win one.
Including remarkable and newly discovered footage from an interview Chapman gave three years before his death in 1997, the programme goes on the trail of one of Britain's most unlikely heroes - a story of adventure, love, intrigue and astonishing courage.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
Boom! What’s that? That’s the sound of death calling
Dragging you to eternity
It’s that fear you see in your comrade’s eyes
As he wallows into a pit of despair
The puff of smoke as their lives evaporate
Can you hear the screams as they drown into the fog of gas
Their very screams that haunt you as you lie awaiting
Wandering what death has for you
You can feel yourself being dragged into the chaos and destruction of this futile war
You ask yourself why?
Why is it that so many had to suffer?
Suffer so that you can live in peace and harmony today
They fought for you and gave one plea
This afternoon, Friday 11th November 2011 (Armistice Day) I attended a rather special book/s launch - at the Somme Heritage Centre, White-spots, Conlig, N’Ards.
I did not receive an official invitation, I kind of gate crashed the event, however I did call with the Somme Centre who agreed that I could slip in at the back of the event.
The great and the good were there - both Local PM's, both Local Mayor's, a host of MLA'S and Councillors from both Council areas.
The book/s Remembering Their Sacrifice in the Great War – The War Dead of North Down and Ards, Compiled by Barry Niblock.
I am looking forward to browsing through both volumes over the coming weeks.
You never know who you meet at these events are they are usually great social / community gatherings – the first man I met was the great Willie Cromie!