And I think to myself by Trevor Plumbly

….What a wonderful world! As we head into a new year, it’s a healthy time to look back as well as forward. Being born during the second world war, I was educated to believe that England was the haven of fair play as well as invincible. The books and comics turned war into an adventure playground with a simple formula: the villains were mainly fat or ugly Germans and the good guys clean shaven, rakish Brits who largely did the biz single handed. War at that level was fun, only the baddies… Read More

The Home Front by Trevor Plumbly

A New Order The sound of marching soldiers signals the beginning of Karl Jenkins’ haunting work ‘The Armed Man’, or ‘The Mass for Peace’; in its way the sound is far more poignant than the music and choral work that follows. Just marching boots, but in their way seeming to ask age old questions. Marching for what? Duty? Or towards what? The dream of a better, safer world, or defeat? The practice of soldiers actually marching into battle is somewhat redundant these days, as is the idea of ‘going to war’. War,… Read More