Russian T-34 tank

From Russia with Love: The T-34

This snapshot from my personal collection shows a knocked out tank somewhere on the Eastern Front during the Second World War.  Unfortunately the context of this image has been lost and I don’t know exactly where it was taken, who took it or when.  What I do know […]

Bill Morris – Mud

I’m interrupting the usual ephemeral broadcasts to share some breaking news.  Talented Dunedin musician and all round good sort Bill Morris has released a music video for his upcoming album “Mud”. Bill has a healthy grounding in the real, the raw and the rugged – and that earthy […]

WW1 British Machine Gunners wearing gas helmets

Why the Interest in War?

Those of you who know me might be surprised that I’ve managed half a dozen posts before posting a photo of a machine gun.  (The picture above is an original World War One postcard printed by the Daily Mail and shows two British machine gunners on the Western […]

Adieu, Adieu, My Native Shore

This snapshot of history is an original photograph of a ship called the SS Kumara.  Its story includes hundreds of thousands of carcasses, an insight into the beginnings of an invaluable industry and a debate over how comfortable life would be in a floating freezer. The birth of […]