Day: December 13, 2006

Another anniversary

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski declaring a state of emergency /martial law in Poland , and cracking down on Solidarity. There’s a reflective mood here. Last night there was a big concert for peace, and it has been all over the TV. I’ve had some interesting conversations with my in-laws about the changes at the time – the roadblocks, the curfew, the army presence. Hard to even understand. Poland is a good place to be now, but I can’t imagine what it must have been like.

Do yourself a favour and have a read via the Wikipedia links above. It’s worth knowing a bit about the history and background of today’s political situation.

Update: the BBC has a story about today’s reflection, and a historical viewpoint.

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Water wheel

Water wheel

Originally uploaded by andyp uk.

We had a little snow yesterday – none (so far) today, and what is out there is melting. I took this shot alongside the house. The water wheel is not actually in the water at the moment, but I thought this made a nice composition.