The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,That’s not been said a thousand times? The new years come, the old years go,We know we dream, we dream we know. We rise up laughing with the light,We lie down weeping with the night. We hug the world until it stings,We curse it then and sigh for… Read More The Year

Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Nelson’s Funeral (part 47)

After arriving at Greenwich on 23 December 1805, Nelson’s body was placed inside a lead coffin which was in turn placed into another wooden one, made from the mast of L’Orient salvaged after the French warship had been destroyed in the Battle of the Nile, a gift to Nelson in 1799 from Benjamin Hallowell, then… Read More Lady Hamilton & Horatio Nelson: Nelson’s Funeral (part 47)

Horatio Nelson: Adm. Villeneuve at Trafalgar (part 44)

Admiral Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve was aware that the British were better trained, had better guns, with less recoil, better gunpowder, and their crews were much faster and more accurate than the French.Basically he was  prudent, but he was also a courageous man who had been wounded in his pride, and perhaps he believed he could… Read More Horatio Nelson: Adm. Villeneuve at Trafalgar (part 44)


At Christmas “there is no room for the indifference which reigns in the hearts of those unable to love for fear of losing something.” Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis- Midnight Mass  -24 December 2015 A Natale  “non c’è spazio per l’indifferenza, che domina nel cuore di chi non riesce a voler bene, perché ha… Read More Indifference