Buy directly from the ‘Tower of London’ gift shop. Haven’t checked what the shipping is. Click to access.
Lots of pictures, especially of Kate Middleton and background. Of course from my all time favorite newspaper, the U.K. “Daily Mail” — the best newspaper in the entire world. Click to access.
When I wrote about these evocative ceramic poppies on August 3 I did say that I would like to get one. Given the number involved, i.e., 888,246, I knew that at least some would be for sale. Well they are.
I told Deanna that I want one for my birthday. That should be nice.
This this, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 UPDATE that gives you a heads up that shipping to the U.S. will be expensive.
Kind of spooky, or at least a tad disconcerting, that two major anniversaries pertaining to two very different wars take place 2 days apart! Sobering.
Quite a long time ago I spend close to a year studying the whole ‘Manhattan Project‘ and the first two Atomic drops. Fascinating. Given my ultra-PRO Allied leanings I have no qualms about the two bombs. I do believe that it expedited the end of WW II. Period. Might even have saved lives. So, I don’t fret about it. I only have one nagging question in the back of my mind. Did the Allies shun away from using the Atomic option in Europe? Have you thought about that? Japan in every sense of the word is far removed from Europe. Could they have used in Berlin? We will never really know.
As far as I know Colonel Paul Tibbets, the HERO pilot of the ‘Enola Gay‘ had — or probably still has — relatives around here; i.e. New Hampshire Lakes Region. I knew someone who knew them. He had some ‘neat’ memorabilia, mainly signed pictures and paintings, from Paul Tibbets.
But, any way, August 6, 2014 — 69 years.
Click to ENLARGE. The historic, iconic ‘Enola Gay’. From Wikipedia. Check it out. Beautiful plane. So phallic.
5,525,000 dead on the Allied side, 888,246 British.
This is QUITE THE memorial at the Tower of London. 888,246 ceramic poppies. I would LOVE to buy one of these. I will have to look into that. Click to access UK ‘Metro.co.uk’ coverage with some stunning photographs. Remember. Reflect. You do know that Hitler fought in WW I.
Thank YOU, Canada.
Click to read how Canada entered The War the same day as Britain. Thank YOU, Canada.
Click to access Wikipedia entry for WW I which explains how the War started on July 28, 1914 but how it was August 4, 1914 when Britain and our PROUD Commonwealth entered the fray. Remember.
Click to access original — which you can see at full size. From the UK ‘Metro’ listed above. Dramatic.
Please check dedicated ‘Red Poppy’ PAGE above (↑↑) with tons of pictures and history.
As I stated in this post, I was getting a ‘Poppy Puppy‘ irrespective of whether people thought it was ‘politically correct’ or not.
Just check them out and go ‘aaaaahhhh‘.
Click on the pictures to ENLARGE.
I decided to also get a few pins a year to hopefully start a collection.
I got the 2nd one because I knew that it HAD to be saved and preserved. I got the first one because I just loved it. I will wear that, the ‘Union Jack Poppy‘, next year.
So here is the strange thing. I do NOT think the ‘National Award’ pin should be sold on eBay. But here is the irony and kicker. After I bought the ‘Union Jack’ pin and payed for it, via PayPal, I get an e-mail from eBay saying that they DELISTED that pin because it was ‘inappropriate’! Ah! Then it gets even stranger. They said that IF I HAD PAID for it … then I should wait for it to be delivered. IF I hadn’t paid for it, they suggested that I didn’t! It was all very messed up. Didn’t say that I had to return it. I think I know what the fuss is all about. Has to do with some concentration camp items listed on eBay from Europe. They had to, quite rightly, yank those off. The ‘Union Jack’ pin was from the U.K. So, I think eBay is now confused about all ‘war’ memorabilia from Europe. That is crazy.