Monday, July 16, 2012


Yesterday I stood in front of a glass case at the Imperial War Museum here in London and looked at this famous Brough S100 motorcyle - one of many owned by T.E. Lawrence - of Arabia fame - in fact this is the bike he was riding the day he was killed in an accident. Britain lost a great soldier the day T.E. was run off the road.

No I am not in town for the Olympics, it's just a pitstop enroute to bigger and better things.

The Imperial War Museum has an incredible collection of artifacts from the First World War onward - to include interesting displays with video presentations of Secret War - Mi5, Mi6 and the Special Forces, a very intense Holocaust section with an exhaustive presentation of how the Nazis arrived at the Final Solution, and a though-provoking film on the phenomenon of genocide. It is pointed out that of the millions who died in the First World War, only 10% of those were civilians; yet by the end of the 20th century, that proportion of war casualties had reversed.

There was a good study of the Blitz which includes a huge map detailing the German bombing damage to South London (where I stay when I am in town) to include the V-1 & V-2 rocket strikes of later in the war. I have often looked at the city blocks around here and tried to imagine what it was like, the destruction.

Walking through the streets of London, one sees row upon row of older type buildings (above) interspersed with modern cube-like construction (below) - I imagine after the war they were being thrown up as rapidly as possible, to clean up the terrible aftermath of destruction.

More later - I've got to get out the door to work. Peace, Out -



  1. Hope you'll have time to check out Bletchley Park, the home of modern cryptography and computing. Plus some Ian Fleming stuff thrown in for fun. Just a short ride from London on the train. My Security Officer and I checked it out on Turing's 100th birthday last month.

  2. Beg to differ with your opinions about T.E Lawrence; as the primary architect of the poisonous and festering fascination of Brits with Arabism and anti-semitism, I'm certain that in the long run, he did more harm to the West than good.