Category Archives: Archive

Grecian Gropes and Macedonian Meanders- Part 1

It was the 25th September 2015 and I was on another trip following in the footsteps again of the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers.  Fresh from their annihilation in Gallipoli in August 1915, they were sent to Lemnos, a Greek island in the Aegean, built up to full strength with willing enlistees and sent into another campaign in October 1915.  This… (more…)

St Bede’s College In Manchester And All That.

I have just returned from Macedonia and I am in the process of producing a blog or two about my trip but in the meantime just one or two thoughts on my old Alma Mater and the diocese that runs the establishment. In my inbox as I returned was an e-mail from a trusted reporter of fact which I just… (more…)

Critical Claptrap

I am all for criticism, keeps one on one’s toes you know but some stuff that gets sent to me is pure balderdash but looks good because the writer seems educated and erudite.  Here for your very eyes are four pages of neatly typed A4 but lacking a signature, which upsets me somewhat as you like to know who you… (more…)

In Memoriam

Spike has died.  Anthony Martin, a teacher who gave his life to teaching at St Bede’s College died yesterday in Wythenshawe Hospital after a long fight with a failing heart.  My heartfelt condolences to his wife, Veronica, who has suffered unbelievably over these last months as Tony’s life dwindled away. Spike as we knew him as been part of my… (more…)