The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

Flowers, candles and tributes to Daphne Caruana Galizia left at the foot of the Great Siege Monument, opposite the Law Courts in Valletta.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated on October 16th, 2017 when a bomb exploded in her car close to her home. She was an investigative journalist in Malta who, “revealed controversially sensitive information and allegations relating to a number of Maltese politicians and the Panama Papers scandal.” Her investigative work was continued in the Daphne Project.

Her memorial at the foot of the Great Siege Monument was being removed every night and supporters replaced it in the morning but recently that has changed and, as of January this year, it had remained intact for a month. Later, in March a court ruled that the removal of the monument violated protesters’ right to freedom of expression.

The Council of Europe report (mirror) [PDF] quoted in the picture reads:

Even after her death, there remains an appearance of government hostility towards Ms Caruana Galizia. People outraged by her assassination, who were determined to keep her memory alive and campaign for the masterminds to be brought to justice, began placing flowers, candles and written messages as an informal memorial at the symbolic site of the ‘Great Siege Monument’ opposite the court of justice. Dr Bonnici, in his capacity as minister for culture, ordered that the memorial be removed every night, and closed the monument for three months for restoration work (compare that to the 11 days it took to restore the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after it was extensively vandalised during ‘gilets jaunes’ demonstrations). One is left with the impression that the government would prefer that Ms Caruana Galizia be erased from the public memory.

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The Daphne Caruana Galizia Memorial

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Clannad, the Irish band that is this year celebrating 50 years together began the year with a Farewell Tour. They played in the Opera House in Cork in early March when I saw them and they were great. I didn’t know much of their music beyond the obvious themes to Robin Hood or the Harry’s Game but I’m a fan since!

Hopefully they will be able to continue their tour but as of now, from a snapshot of their site from March 28th they have rescheduled shows up to the end of May. I’d say it’s likely they’ll have to postpone even more of those shows unfortunately.

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

Clannad

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Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos

Clannad 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour in Cork

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This is one way to social distance

Porto, Portugal, November 2019. Long before SARS-CoV-2 hit Europe. Street photography feels like a forbidden art now that we are all at home and we’re not allowed on the streets in any numbers.

* You obviously should not walk around with a locker like this. STAY AT HOME!

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Social Distancing with a Locker

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This was my fourth time seeing Flash Harry perform, and third time in the Cork Opera House and they brought the house down as they always do. The first half was sedate with a good mix of well known and more obscure Queen songs. I loved their rendition of ’39. After a brief interlude where we were told cups of tea were consumed, and not some illicit drug the band took it up a notch with great versions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga, I Want to Break Free and many other hits!

The band are touring Ireland this year with lots of gigs announced. If they play near you go see them! You’re guaranteed a great night!

For more, check out my Flash Harry archive of photos.

For the photographers in the audience. All the photos were shot with a Sony A7III, and and adapted Tamron 28-300 “super zoom” which unfortunately doesn’t focus that well. As a result I used back-button-focus since the performers were mostly standing in the same general area, and I wasn’t moving from my seat so it worked well!

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Flash Harry at the Opera House

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Lanzarote Airport sits right by the coast. There’s a beach at one end of the runway where you can get great photos of the landing planes.

I wonder what the pilots think of the onlookers watching at this dangerous stage of a flight?

Landing in Lanzarote

Landing in Lanzarote

Landing in Lanzarote

Landing in Lanzarote

Landing in Lanzarote

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Landing in Lanzarote

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The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

Mary Elmes was an an Irish aid worker who saved many Jewish children from being transported to concentration camps during World War II.

In 1942, the Vichy authorities made it clear that Jewish children were not legally allowed to be exempt from being sent to the concentration camps, as they had been. Elmes, with help from some colleagues, rescued dozens of children, taking them to safe houses or helping them flee the country altogether. Well aware that she was putting herself at risk, Elmes hid many children in the boot of her car and drove them to safe destinations. She aided many others by securing documents, which allowed for them to escape through the undercover network in Vichy France.

She was born in Cork in 1908 and today, a new bridge named in her honour was opened officially (backup) by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan.

See more on Twitter.

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The Lights of The Mary Elmes Bridge

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The People’s Regatta in Cobh ended with a spectacular fireworks display last night! I got there early and set up just below Cobh Cathedral. I could see that Kennedy Park was packed, the pier was too but there were only a few around the Cathedral. About five minutes before the fireworks were due to start the street quickly filled with onlookers!


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Fireworks At Cobh People’s Regatta 2019

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