03-Aug-2014 100 Years On

What a tremendous response we had to last week’s blog. Thanks to Ian and Caroline Warburton, who live in Prudhoe, for sharing our Facebook update and to some of their Facebook friends for re-sharing the share. The picture of the old Prudhoe park certainly brought back happy memories for many… ourselves included.

Reminiscence is a strange thing – it can leave us feeling happy with some cherished memories or perhaps a little sad about things that have changed, places, the people we have lost and those we meant to keep in touch with but somehow didn’t… our song ‘Best Friends’ was borne out of such feelings.

Birmingham IceAs this weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 many places throughout the land are holding ceremonies, services and exhibitions in commemoration.

We were very moved by an item we saw on the BBC news (link below) – www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-28621777 ‘War dead commemorated by Birmingham ice installation’ – which somehow seemed to encapsulate the transience of human existence and the futility of war while also honouring those who lost their lives in the name of their country.

Some will ask “Did the war achieve anything? Did it help? Did anything change for the better? Was it worth all the dying?”. Others will remonstrate with those questioners saying “Can we stand on the sidelines and watch and do nothing? Should we not fight to preserve what we believe in and to protect our friends and family, our country? Death is the ultimate sacrifice but, without fighting against those that would do evil there would be no defence and evil would prevail”.

It’s a very difficult subject, and both sides will argue their points vehemently – without having to make such decisions, it’s difficult to know how any of us would react were we asked to fight.

One thing is for certain, war is horrible – and it’s unlikely that the human race will ever be able to live in peace with one another. If only we could somehow put a stop to all the endless fighting and killing going on around this world of ours, it would surely make the world a better place to be… the kind of world where we share the good things, respect each other’s views, and spare more than a passing thought for those more needy than ourselves.

Life is good for some of us and, unfortunately, less so for others.

 

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