Well, the blog finally has a new look. It took some time, and many false starts before I arrived at this, which was inspired by a piece of cake, in case you're interested. Maybe I should entitle the design 'Homage to Cake' I'm not sure if I will leave the side bar on the left, I put it there as an experiment, but I'll see how it works out. I have really got used to having it on the right, but change is good, or so they say. Whoever they are.
I wouldn't usually recommend a film I haven't seen, but I'm going to make an exception with this one. Merry Christmas, which has just opened in Germany, but which will have a worldwide release covers the legendary 1914 truce between British, French and German soldiers. This was a truce with a difference, because it was more than just a ceasefire. The men of both sides, left the trenches and met halfway, sharing tales of life back home, photos of wives and children along with food, cigarettes and other luxuries. In some cases, they even participated in games of football, that universal common denominator. Not surprisingly, this caused a great deal of consternation amongst the officers, who preferred their soldiers to see the enemy as less than human. Despite this, the truce did happen, and remains a poignant example of how even the most hardened of enemies can find some common ground. The writer and director of Merry Christmas has described it as ". . . a film about humanity," and I think humanity is also a theme of the event itself. It's an important part of European history, and one that we can learn a lot of lessons from today.
More about Merry Christmas: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051124/film_nm/arts_film_truce_dc
More about the Christmas truce: