Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Early Years

First Few Stones

Peace Rally Anti Iraq War 2003
This blog is a work in progress. It starts with the first few stones collected in the 1980s. Since that time there are over 120 personally collected, from all over the world.

Each stone has a memory. It may be a marker that points to conflicts which affected local, national or world peace from anywhere on earth and at any time in history. It may be an example of the many places on earth where peace exists and where we can enjoy the beauty of what our planet has to offer. In some cases, they are personal reminders from the writer's own life.

As time goes by, you will find photographs and information to flesh out the stories that these stones tell.

In the meanwhile, here a a few quotations to whet your appetite......

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing"
  Edmund Burke
“You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.” 
John Lennon
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King 
“Peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Albert Einstein 
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”
Dalai Lama 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Auschwitz -Berkenau

Auschwitz -Berkenau Concentration Camp, Poland 1987

This is the first stone collected.
The Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original concentration camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farbenfactory), and 45 satellite camps.

Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941. Auschwitz II–Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazis' Final Solution to the Jewish Question during the Holocaust. From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp's gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe, where they were killed en masse with the pesticide Zyklon B. An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to the camp, of whom at least 1.1 million died. Around 90 percent of those were Jews; approximately one in six Jews killed in the Holocaust died at the camp.Others deported to Auschwitz included 150,000 Poles, 23,000 Romani and Sinti, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, 400 Jehovah's Witnesses, and tens of thousands of others of diverse nationalities, including an unknown number of homosexuals.Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labour, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
In the course of the war, the camp was staffed by 7,000 members of the German Schutzstaffel (SS), approximately 12 percent of whom were later convicted of war crimes. Some, including camp commandant Rudolf Höss, were executed. The Allied Powers did not act on early reports of atrocities at the camp, and their failure to bomb the camp or its railways remains controversial. One hundred forty-four prisoners are known to have escaped from Auschwitz successfully, and on 7 October 1944 two Sonderkommando units—prisoners assigned to staff the gas chambers—launched a brief, unsuccessful uprising.
As Soviet troops approached Auschwitz in January 1945, most of its population was sent west on a death march. The prisoners remaining at the camp were liberated on 27 January 1945, a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the following decades, survivors such as Primo LeviViktor Frankl, and Elie Wiesel wrote memoirs of their experiences in Auschwitz, and the camp became a dominant symbol of the Holocaust. In 1947 Poland founded the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on the site of Auschwitz I and II, and in 1979 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

First World War Trenches


First World War Trenches,

The Somme, Normandy, France, 1990

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Grotto of St Paul, Rabat


Grotto of St Paul, Rabat, Malta, 1990

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Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Needles Battery


The Needles Battery, Isle of Wight, UK 1989

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Battle of Hastings


Battle of Hastings, Hastings, UK 1988

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Full List of Pax Stones


Full List of Pax Stones

1     
Auschwitz, Poland 1987
2     
Battle of Hastings, Hastings, UK 1988
3     
The Needles, Isle of Wight, UK 1989
4     
Grotto of St Paul, Rabat, Malta, 1990
5     
The Somme, France, 1990
6     
Mount Vesuvius Volcano, Italy 1970s
7     
Ellis Island, New York, USA, 1998
8     
Tomb of President John Kennedy
Arlington Cemetery, Washington, USA
1998
9     
Tomb of Senator Robert Kennedy
Arlington Cemetery, Washington, USA
1998
10                  
False End of 2nd Millennium, 31st December 1999, Truro, Cornwall, UK 1999
11                  
Start of 2000s, Perranporth Beach, Cornwall, UK 1st January 2000
12                  
Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Canada 2000
13                  
Athabasca Glacier, Canada 2000
14                  
Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany 2000
15                  
Start of the 3rd Millennium, Torrevieja, Spain, 1st January 2001
16                  
Palais des Papes, Avignon, France, 2001
17                  
Bert Harding’s Grave, Darwen Cemetery, Darwen, UK 1921 – 1990     1990
18                  
Bert and Rita Harding’s Grave, Darwen Cemetery, Darwen, UK 1924 – 2002     2002
19                  
Catholic Headteachers’ Conference Peace and Reconciliation Game 2002
20                  
Death Valley National Park, Eastern California, USA 2002
21                  
Peace Monument, Ottowa, Canada 2003
22                  
St Thomas of Canterbury Murder, Canterbury Cathedral 2004
23                  
Ronda, Spain, Christian & Muslim Wars 2004
24                  
Hvar Fortress, Croatia (Top of 100s of steps) 2004
25                  
Montenegro – Scene of Baltic Wars 2004
26                  
Dubrovnic, CroatiaMemorial Museum for the dead 2004
27                  
Conimbriga Roman Ruins, BC 100, Roman Invasion of Portugal 2005
28                  
Trough of Bowland – Anti Catholic & Witch Trials 2005
29                  
Wordsworth’s Garden, Lake District National Park 2005
30                  
Bath, Roman Occupation of Britain 2005
31                  
Anzac Memorial, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Australia 2006
32                  
Home to Convict Men and Punishment Block, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney,
33                  
Roof Tile from Herculaneum - Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 A.D, Italy 2006
34                  
Charred Wood from Herculaneum - Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 A.D, Italy 2006
35                  
Lava from Herculaneum - Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 A.D, Italy 2006
36                  
Baker’s Shop, Pompeii, City destroyed by Vesuvius, Volcano, Near Naples, Italy, 2006
37                  
House of Gladiator, Pompeii, City destroyed by Vesuvius, Volcano, Near Naples, Italy, 2006
38                  
Small Theatre, Pompeii, City destroyed by Vesuvius, Volcano, Near Naples, Italy, 2006
39                  
Slate from Roof of House in Sunny Bank Street, Darwen, Lancashire, UK 2006
40                  
Creswell Colliery, Creswell, Derbyshire UK 2006
41                  
BK Granite Quarry, Mazaruni River, Guyana, South America February 2009
42                  
Site of 9/11 Ground Zero, New York, February 2009
43                  
Kilmainan Gaol, Dublin 1916 Revolution, June 2009
44                  
Brownsea Island, Birthplace of Scouting and Guiding August 2009
45                  
Napoleon’s Tomb, Les Invalides, Paris, France March 2010
46                  
Representing Peace at Home, Sutton, Surrey, 2010
47                  
Palais des Papes, Avignon Papacy, Avignon, France October 2006
48                  
St Jean Catholic Church, Genocide Memorial, Banks of Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western Province, Rwanda 2011
49                  
Kigali Memorial Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
50                  
Garden of Remembrance, Kigali Memorial Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
51                  
Palace of Rwanda's former President Juvenal Habyarimana, Kigali, Rwanda September 2011
52                  
Duddington Kirk Gardens
Edinburgh August 2012
53                  
Edinburgh Castle August 2012
54                  
Carisbroke Castle, Isle of Wight
July 2012
55                  
Cardiff Castle, Wales
July 2012
56                  
Rievaulx Abbey,
North Yorkshire Moors, August 2012
57                  
Peace Island, Amahorro, Lake Kivu,
October 2012
58                  
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia, October 2012
59                  
Rock Hewn Churches, Lalibela, Ethiopia
October 2012
60                  
Coco Beach, Indian Ocean, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Novemeber 2012
61                  
Slave Market, Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 2012
62                  
Zanzibar Fort, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 2012
63                  
Colosseum, Rome, Italy, March 2013
64                  
Down House, Downe Village, Home of Charles Darwin, May 2017
65                  
Potsdam Treaty, Berlin, June 2013
66                  
City Hall, Stockholm, Sweden, Nobel Prizes, June 2013
67                  
St Peter and St Paul’s Fortress, St Petersburg, Russia, July 2013
68                  
Grave of Boris Yeltsin, Moscow, Russia, July 2013
69                  
Grave of Andrei Gromyko, Moscow, July 2013
70                  
Grave of Nikita Krushchev, Moscow July 2013
71                  
Jewish Memorial, “The Last Path”, Minsk, Belarus, Joly 2013
72                  
Monument of International Conflicts – Afghanistan, Minsk, Belarus, July 2013
73                  
Church of the Holy Virgin of Smolenska, Russia, July 2013
74                  
Belarus Countryside, Belarus, July 2013
75                  
KGB Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania, July 2013
76                  
Outside KGB Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania, July 2013
77                  
Jewish Museum, Jewish Ghetto, Warsaw, Poland, July 20913
78                  
Warsaw Old Town, Warsaw Uprising, July 2013
79                  
Fountain, Saxon Park, Krowlenska, Warsaw, Poland, July 2013
80                  
Wedding of Matt Harding and Lucy Allchin, Denbies Vineyard, September 2013
81                  
Generaliofe Castle, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain, March 2014
82                  
Malaga Roman Remains, Spain, March 2014
83                  
Tomb of Rameses III (KV11), Valley of the Kings, Egypt, January 2015
84                  
Merenpta (KV8, Valley of the Kings, Egypt, January 2015
85                  
Tomb of Rameses IV (KV6) Valley
of the Kings, January 2015
86                  
Edfu Temple, Egypt, March 2015
87                  
Luxor Temple, Egypt, March 2015
88                  
Hurghada Resort, Red Sea Beach, March 2015
89                  
Karnak Temple, Egypt, March 2015
90                  
Grave of William, Richard and Catherine Charnley, Ribchester, April 2015
91                  
Kruger National Game Park, South Africa, March 2016
92                  
Lake Jozini, Lake and Dam, South Africa, March 2016
93                  
Traditional Village, Swaziland, March 2016
94                  
Cape Aghulas, Southern tip of Africa, South Africa, March 2016
95                  
Ferry to Robben Island, Prison of Nelson, Mandela, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2016
96                  
Table Mountain, Cape Town, March 2016
97                  
HMS Great Britain, First Cast Iron Ship, Bristol, April 2016
98                  
Stamford Bridge (Battle of) Way of the Roses, Yorkshire, May 2016
99                  
Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire, August 2016
100             
The Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, August 2016
101             
Peace Garden, Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, August 2016
102             
Chateau Gaillard, Les Andeleys, Flint from Wall, France, September 2016
103             
Nazi Fire Documents, Debtors Hole, Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic, December 2016
104             
Jewish Cemetery, Prague, Czech Republic, December 2016
105             
Russian Invasion of 1968, Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic, December 2016
106             
Agkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 2017
107             
Golden Buddhist Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 2017
108             
Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 2017
109             
Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, Vietnamese Resistance, March 2017
110             
Hilton Hotel Gaol, Hanoi, March 2017
111             
Island Clearance Cottage, Isle of Mull, Scotland, May 2017
112             
Loch Lomand, Peaceful Place, Scotland, May 2017
113             
Peace Garden, Standen, East Grinstead, May 2017
114             
Jewish Shoe Memorial, Budapest, Hungary, September 2017
115             
Holocaust Memorial Centre, Budapest, Hungary, September 2017
116             
Parish Church of Durnstein, Banks of the Danube, Durnstein, Austria, September 2017
117             
Richard the Lionheart’s Cave (Prison), Durnstein, Austria, September 2017
118             
Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Maenordy, Nelson, South Wales, November 2017
119             
Aberfan Garden of Remembrance, Aberfan, Disaster, 1966 South Wales
120             
Cavalry Museum, Horseguards’ Parade, Commemorating Modern War in Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland etc.
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