In our box of family photographs there are dozens and dozens of black and white studio photographs like these of my cousin Frank, aged 6 months, perched on a leather chair, and 3 year old me with my big brother.
Every year, copies of these photographs would circulate among the aunts (always the aunts!) with carefully written messages and dates, which means all 21 of us have got copies of the same collection.
I wonder if, in fifty-three years, any of my cousin’s kids will be able to reach into Facebook and grab a copy of each other’s baby pictures?
100 Words #369
Thirty-three years ago today I didn’t go to a Valentine’s Day dance at the local nightclub because I thought it was just for kids. When I woke up the next morning I learned that a fire had broken out and 48 kids never got the chance to go home. The last rose some of them received would have been in their funeral wreath instead of a Valentine bouquet.
Thirty-three years later, the building still stands, with no indication of the tragedy that played out that night. Inquests have never reached a verdict.
The Stardust families still haven’t learned the truth.
100 Words #365 – Picture of the Stardust Memorial from Larry O’Toole’s Facebook page
Raad Yiarn Vannin is Manx for Isle of Man Railway, one of the last railways powered by steam locomotives.
When I was small our family decamped every year to two B&B’s in Douglas, and every year the holiday was not complete without a train trip to Ramsey.
Modern Rapid Transit systems can’t compete with the smells and sounds of iron giants rolling along their narrow gauge track. We hung out of the windows, gathering smoke stains on our faces and waving to farmers, cattle, birds – it didn’t matter who or what, we were having the time of our lives.
100 Words #364 – Picture from Wikipedia
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