Thursday, 6 November 2014

Poppies in the Moat

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. 



Management was in London this week and wanted to witness the 'Poppies in the Moat' for himself.  By getting to the Tower of London before 8.00am he was able to view the installation without crowds or hindrance; he said it was a very moving experience.  I won't get down there so he took loads of photos for me. M. said the pictures don't do justice to the scale of the installation, but I think he's done a great job (especially as the only camera to hand was his Blackberry).

































20 comments:

  1. We've been seeing this display on the news. It has got to be an emotionally charged experience to see in person and understand the numbers that are involved.

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    1. Hi Sue, yes, M. said it's only when you get close you start to have a sense of the scale and of the numbers.

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  2. Utterly amazing and so moving. A big thanks to Max for these and to you for posting them. I would have loved to see them. Jill x

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    1. Well Jill, if you can get on a train and go down there you've got until the 12th when they start removing the poppies - although it will take a while. I seriously considered it but not sure I would be able to cope with the crowds during the day.

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  3. It looks just amazing. Thanks M for taking the photos.

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  4. It certainly looks incredible - pity we haven't something like it up our end of the country. We certainly miss out on lots of things.

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    1. Yeah, we miss out on crowded roads, polluted air, minimal green space, too many people :}

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  5. I was seriously thinking about going then I heard on the radio that it was becoming really difficult to see them during the day because of the crowds. I hate crowds! I wish I had gone earlier in the year now.

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    1. Jill, I think the only way you or I could do it would be to stay overnight in order to get there at silly-o'clock.
      M. got to the Tower very early and as the photos show, there was hardly anyone else there.

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  6. I think this installation really does bring home how many lives were lost. It must be a very moving experience to actually witness it in the flesh. It's wonderful that all the poppies have been sold raising a great amount for the charities involved.

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    1. You're right about the money raised Jo, but I wonder how soon it will be before some greedy b*****ds put theirs on eBay?

      There are already rumours that not all the potential money is getting to the charities

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754319/Just-Tower-poppy-cash-going-help-heroes-So-WILL-pocketing-rest.html

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  7. We've seen it on TV and I'm finding it quite emotional, when you think that we are still not living in a peaceful world. A big thanks to M for the photos. Take care.

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    1. Spot on Susan. Ordinary people might not have forgotten but the politicians? . . . .

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  8. we won't get there either so thanks for sharing M's photos x

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  9. Amazing photographs, thank you M for sharing them. And could I ask a favour, as I have bought one of the poppies for my Lovely Hubby (an ex Royal Navy man) could I please use M's wonderful first picture on my Blog when I do a post about it when his poppy arrives. It really is THE nicest photograph I have seen of the installation. I will of course link back to this post when I do it.

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