Excellent cheers chris
I believe "The Wire" is fairly accurate as to what happens in the ghetto in terms of crime, drugs, guns, and violence, as was "Homicide: Life on the Streets" before that... I believe its the same producers and writing team. Where I go to see Liverpool FC play sometimes on the telly is Slainte Irish bar across the street from the Recreation Pier in Fells Point, the old seaport area of Baltimore. The Rec Pier was used as the headquarters in "Homicide" and is still painted in the blue police colors but looking a bit rundown with time. There's a plaque on there now. I believe I did read that the Rec Pier is going to be redeveloped as a hotel.
My friend and colleague John McCavitt and his family from Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, stayed at Homewood Suites on President Street which is within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and all the sights, so that seems to be a good place if you are looking for accomodations. My wife, who used to work for the National Aquarium, was able to arrange for free passes to get into the aquarium, so let me know if you are coming and perhaps we can arrange the same for you.
All the best
My father was a corporal in the Royal Air Force medical corps. He told me a story about being in the French countryside before Dunkirk and seeing German Panzer tanks coming along the lane. He said he dived into a haystack to hide from the enemy. The below image of my Mom and Dad on their Wedding Day, February 22, 1945, was taken while the war was still ongoing -- it didn't end in Europe until May when the Russians captured Berlin. My Dad wore his RAF uniform but Mum wore a suit though she was in the Auxilliary Territorial Service (ATS) helping to monitor the German planes flying over Britain. Her ATS friends, all in uniform, formed a guard of honor for Mum and Dad when they emerged from St. Anne's Church in Aigburth after the service. The fold-out Christmas card at the bottom was sent by my father to my Uncle Doug, Mum's brother, from northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) at Christmas 1945. It shows the occupied zones of Germany, with the Russian section shown by the Soviet soldier dancing with the Russian bear at top right.
All the best
Lovely photo Chris, your mum and dad look so happy.
A nice New Year surprise here.
From David Ayers for the InterBoard Poetry Community (IBPC):
Poets of the Decade
We are excited to honor the following ten poets, who have amassed the most total award “points” in the IBPC competitions over the last decade. Points were determined by adding 12 points for each winner, 9 points for each 2nd place, 8 points for each 3rd place, and 6 points for each HM, or Special Mention. The grand total for each poet is the sum of all the monthly competitions, plus the poem of the year and the poem of the decade competitions.
1. Laurie Byro (224 points)
2. Laurel K. Dodge (116)
3. Sarah J. Sloat (112)
4. Jim Zola (109)
5. Bernard Henrie (99)
6. Brenda Levy Tate (97)
7. Catherine Rogers (86)
8. Christopher T. George (80)
9. Jude Goodwin (75)
10. TE Ballard (73)
For individual breakdown of the achievements by places registered in the monthly and yearly IBPC competitions by the poets and by the boards go to:
IBPC Poets of the Decade
IBPC Boards of the Decade
A fine honour: well done Chris
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."... ... ... Mark Twain.
Well done Chris
Keeping it real!
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I have to say that I think your parents look a lovely couple !
Interesting piece, CG. American politics are never dull, and the coming election will be entertaining. Romney, Huckabee, Barber and Palin have all made the pilgrimage to Israel. It is a must.
We'd all be hard put to find better entertainment.
I say The Donald for Prez, and Palin as running mate. What a team!
Some thoughts on some "new" revelations in the Ripper case.
Check it out!
"Richard Walter and an Alleged 'Secret' Letter of 1888 at Scotland Yard" on my Casebook: Jack the Ripper blog, just posted. This follows up a report on the same matter in Ripperologist No. 123 where I quote an email I received from Walter following revelations he made at the Jack the Ripper conference at Drexel University in Philadelphia on October 28-29, 2011.