Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Photographs of Tenby

I thought it would be a good idea to share some more of my photographs of Tenby.  I have been there many times and never grow weary of its delights, though about two years ago I was saddened to see such rowdiness and anti-social behaviour on a Saturday night when the streets seemed to be full of drunks; they really disgraced themselves. I'll spare you the unpleasant details.  I am happy to report that things have improved since them.  Tenby can be overcrowded in August, but it's a great place for a family holiday. Mid to late June is right for a quieter vacation.  The light is excellent and the days are long.  I hope that you enjoy the photographs of Tenby.  They were taken in June 2009.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Photographs of the Pembrokeshire Coast

I love Pembrokeshire and have so many happy memories of family holidays, seeing relations, walking the coastal path and visiting so many interesting places.  I have inserted some photographs which celebrate the coastal beauty of this part of West Wales.  These photographs of Pembrokeshire give me great enjoyment and pleasure. You can enlarge each photograph by clicking on it.  I have also included hyperlinks with two of my YouTube videos. Enjoy.

Tenby Harbour

Green Bridge of Wales


Tenby North Beach

Tenby North Beach and Harbour

Across the beach to St Catherine's Island

Tenby Esplanade

The coastline near Tremynydd Fach Farm


               Lion Rock, Broadhaven

                                                  Cliffs near Barafundle Bay

                                           Beautiful Barafundle Bay


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Operation Moshtarak: success or shame?

Operation Moshtarak has been reported this evening on the BBC news as a success so far, yet we hear of the shameful and sad news of 12 civilians being killed in Marjah when two rockets missed their intended targets.  Killing innocent civilians and wiping out an entire family will not win over the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.  Foreigners starting a campaign with death, distruction and disgrace will do so much harm to the sad situation.   There will be anger, agony, hatred and bitterness. What terrible news!  A military solution will not work.  David Miliband, our Foreign Secretary, even said so last July, but we are now more deeply involved than ever before.

How can we measure success in this conflict?  After years of fighting and maintaining a significant military presence there seems very little to show for the billions of pounds spent on this war.  There seems to be no way of assessing when the conflict has been won.  It can be argued that this war is unwinnable.  The number of civilians casualties as a result of NATO military action is shameful.  Even conservative estimates of civilian fatalities should cause concern; the high level of civilian deaths will cause untold damage and disgrace.

We hear very little about these deaths and casualties.  There is a lot of suffering because of this situation.
The reports of these casualties call into question the mission in Afghanistan.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Turville is the village in the Vicar of Dibley

For those who do not know it yet, Turville in Buckinghamshire is the location for the TV series The Vicar of Dibley.  As I have mentioned in my photo gallery attached to this blog, Turville has also featured in other TV episodes, namely Lewis, Goodnight Mister Tom, Jonathan Creek, and Midsomer Murders.  Some may recognize it in the films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the windmill scenes) and Went the Day Well.

Turville is a lovely village, particularly when the bluebells cover the woods in May. I have added some more photographs of Turville aka Dibley. Enjoy. 


Monday, 1 February 2010

Learning the lessons of history in Afghanistan

Does not history teach us that foreign invaders cannot win and overcome resistance in Afghanistan?
The mighty Russian army failed and now it looks like coalition forces will fail there too.  The insurgency maintains its support and many Afghans will never accept interference by foreigners and perceived unbelievers.  The insurgents are very committed and will fight to their deaths, even welcoming martyrdom.  They earnestly wish to kill American soldiers.  The threat of more invaders helps recruitment.  How long will this conflict continue?  The quagmire sucks more and more into its deadly grip. Enough is enough, but still the Western forces pour in more money and more troops.  There is little evidence of progress; in fact the opposite seems to be true. The West cannot win using its existing strategy. We should learn the lessons of history and leave Afghanistan to the Afghans.


River Stour