Tuesday, January 27, 2009

gone with the wind


This is a recent view of Tyneside's once famous industrial skyline at the Swan Hunter's shipyard, where cranes are being dismantled and shipped to India.

This depressing example of Tyneside's and the UK's industrial decline is balanced by recent news that American firm Clipper Windpower is planning to build a factory in Newcastle which would generate at least 500 jobs.The California-based firm aim to secure contracts to manufacture off-shore wind farms for the North Sea.

The UK has overtaken Denmark as the largest offshore wind energy generator in the world and within five years is expected to outstrip nuclear energy in terms of generating capacity.

Holocaust Memorial Day

A day to reflect on man's inhumanity to man.

Over 11 million people died in the genocide carried out by Hitler's Third Reich including over 1.5 million children from across Europe who were murdered by the Nazi regime.

The Atlantic Slave Trade involved over 10,000,000 people being forced against their will into a life of slavery; 13% dying en route to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Rwanda 1994, almost one million people were killed in the space of just one hundred days.

Pol Pot's Cambodia 1975-1979. 1.7 million people killed, one-fifth of the country's population.

Stalin's Soviet Union. 2.7 million executed, 4.8 million die in the GULAG and labour colonies, 1.7 million deaths due to deportations .

Vietnam; nearly 2 million civilians in the north and the south were killed between 1954 and 1975.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

James Hill Memorial

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James Hill , fiddle player and composer. He lived on Bottle Bank in Gateshead and died from consumption in Westmoreland Lane, off Westgate, Newcastle in 1853 .