Liverpool born poet and writer Michael Walsh traces his Liverpool roots back to 1865. This was the year his Irish great-grandmother arrived in the Second City of Empire. His parents were born at the turn of what was to become the most tumultuous century in history. Michael's father, Patrick, fought in three major conflicts before reaching his fortieth birthday. His mother, Kathleen, was a former nun turned gun-running renegade.
On leaving school at 15 years of age, Michael spent 12 weeks at the Merchant Navy School for Sailors in Sharpness, Gloucestershire. During his years at sea, he was to visit and work in over 60 countries.
The journalist and broadcaster since provided articles and columns for numerous magazines and international news media. In 2011 he was awarded Writer of the Year by the publishers of Euro Weekly News, Europe's highest-circulation newspaper of its kind. He has authored, edited and ghosted over 70 book titles.
I make no excuse for focusing on the European artistes of yesterday. They endure through the centuries. Perhaps younger generations will discover that true quality doesn’t need to be built on marketing and real talent doesn’t have a ‘sell by’ date on it.
A worrying shift in ideology has used the Covid-19 pandemic to increase its influence in Europe Union government under the pretence of offering a solution to combating the coronavirus crisis.
A government’s interest in saving lives is not what comes to mind, especially in the ‘rainbow nation’ of South Africa where life expectancy for Black is abysmal and even worse for ethnic-Europeans.
Helen Duncan was a Scottish medium who held spiritual séances during World War Two. During one of her November 1941 séances, she spoke to a sailor’s spirit.
Last September, Brian Myers walked into a New Jersey animal shelter and rescued Sadie, a German shepherd, giving her another chance at life. Four months later, Sadie would do the same for him. Heather Centrella, the office manager at Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, said she got a call from Myers last week. It wasn’t to return Sadie to the shelter in Oakland, New Jersey, but rather to tell her what Sadie did.
The Soviet system built its reputation on all for one and one for all. This seems to be a euphemism for what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.
People opposing the Danish government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic marched through the capital in one of a growing number of fresh protests on Saturday. Unlike some previous events, this week’s gathering remained peaceful and prompted no arrests.
In 1975 Bill Gates founded the world’s largest information technology company Microsoft together with Paul Allen. His net worth is estimated at $72.7 billion (2013).
More than a century ago, Winchester Cathedral, which is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and the longest of all Gothic cathedrals, was saved by the heroic work of a diver, who worked tirelessly to reinforce the foundations of this historic structure, and thus preserve one of the largest and most iconic buildings in all of England.
It is Munich, 1919. In the second city of Germany, the corporal lay on the ground, badly beaten and he is bleeding profusely. The irate German soldiers continued to slam their jackboots into his face and body. A flash of steel indicated that bayonets had been drawn. The corporal prepared to die.