Here is the junction between Gleadless Road and Leighton Road in safe and pleasant conditions.
Wolmar Writes about War
It is no reflection on Mr Wolmar's writing skills, but the book is rather old-fashioned in its production style. It has a collection of maps all together at the front. Here is, arguably, the first ever military railway built to relive the siege of Sevastopol in 1855.
Balaklava illustrates the premise of the book. Wolmar claims, quite rightly, that the "invention" and development of railways changed the way that wars were waged. These changes continued until the present day - but the book ends with the Korean War which began in 1950.
He even refers to one of the UK's more bizarre pieces of ferroequinological militaria.
It is doubtful whether the Luftwaffe would have quailed in fear as its planes sought out London targets, but as a PR exercise it was really powerful.
That is typical of the book - full of big warlike things and the little delights combined with biographical anecdotes to personalise the often horrific events.
A good post festive read!
Engines of War
Widely available second hand
NOTHING** FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS
We do rather overplay Christmas, an event so relatively unimportant in the Gospel of Christ that only two of the four writers mention it. The main show begins with this man ...
So John appeared in the desert, baptising and preaching. “Turn away from your sins and be baptised,” he told the people, “and God will forgive your sins.” Many people from the province of Judea and the city of Jerusalem went out to hear John. They confessed their sins, and he baptised them in the Jordan River.
John wore clothes made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. He announced to the people, “The man who will come after me is much greater than I am. I am not good enough even to bend down and untie his sandals. I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
Over the subsequent three years, Christmas would, at last, begin to make sense.