Of Monkeys, Volcanos and Forests

A road sign in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica In the spirit of my defunct site, "Odd Guides," it is worth reiterating, that I do not write travel posts. So if you are looking for tantalising information about Costa Rica, there are many learned, enthusiastic writers out there who will tell you where to buy sloths, … Continue reading Of Monkeys, Volcanos and Forests

Lo! The Brave!

Currently, on my other site, mutinyreflections.wordpress.com I am confronted with the rather contentious subject of bravery. I am dealing with events of 165 years ago when people, though born with arms, legs and heads, appear not quite of this planet.The question I find myself asking is does adversity make you brave? Or do you have … Continue reading Lo! The Brave!

Be Wary

So we have found our latest prophet; the man of the moment who will save us all from the monster of censorship; the man who will release our souls from our self-made chains and shower our tongues with roses.We shall be free, our internet, our speech - sing the hymns of praise! I refer of … Continue reading Be Wary

Time Change

Once again, the clocks have changed. "Spring forward, Fall back" as the saying goes - a useful tip for those of you who can't remember which way is up in March and October.Like so many things, changing the clocks is one of those things we do without really thinking about it. We just do it … Continue reading Time Change

All is New

So all everyone has had on their minds the past 2 years is "the new normal." So much so it has for many become the normal normal. For others it has always remained abnormal. It is now interesting to see how humanity will react to losing what was called normal and now be told to … Continue reading All is New


A weed, some say, is a flower you have not been introduced to yet. It is the little thing you thoughtlessly pull up because it does not fit in the herbaceous border you have so carefully planted. While we are so vigilant about the weeds that grow where we can see them, we are less … Continue reading Weeds


I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth. And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it … Continue reading Curiosities

When You Stop

At some point, there are things we stop doing. As a child perhaps, you suddenly stopped biting your fingernails or wearing only wearing blue.As a teenager, you might have suddenly stopped listening to the band you swore, once in a fit of loyalty, to follow until you die. Perhaps you stopped playing football or believing … Continue reading When You Stop


Time fleets past us like a horse with wings, mythical and unreal, it flows in an endless race, away from us, dragging us along. We are unwittingly running without moving, every moment of our lives. Until one day we stop. To our surprise perhaps or to our relief. The past hunts us down and we … Continue reading Haunted


We have all heard it said, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Since in this premise, I am the beholder allow me, my fair friends (and I can only presume you shall be fair) to unveil to you what I perceive as beauty.Having been spared in my youth the advertised notions of … Continue reading Beauty

The First battle of El-Alamein: 1–27 July 1942

And this, children, is how you write about history!

The Tree of Life

By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

31st July, 2022

This took place 80 years ago in North Africa in Egypt between the coast of the Mediterranean and the Qattara Depression. The battle was between the United Kingdom and its Imperial and commonwealth forces including India, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and the Axis forces comprising German and Italian troops.

Both the sea and the depression formed a boundary which could not be readily by passed.

The Axis forces of the Panzer Army Africa (Panzerarmee Afrika) (included the Afrika Korps under Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Erwin Rommel), whilst the United Kingdom forces were the Eighth Army under General Claude Auchinleck.

The Axis forces were very close to Alexandria, about 66 miles, the main naval base at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, and the cities of Egypt and the Suez Canal.

The battle was a successful halting of the Axis forces which were too…

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