Batterie Plouharnel : the awesome story of the French 340mm naval gun

In the early 20th century, the French equipped their surface fleet with one of the most unique and formidable weapons in naval history : this is the fascinating story of the 340mm/45 Modèle 1912 gun, which saw service in two wars, both on land and at sea, whether in turrets, emplaced, cradled, or on rails.… Read More

The Pantheon of Energy : mythology and symbolism in Chernobyl

“Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.” Cormac McCarthy, The Road There were no other cars but ours on the long, abandoned motorway to Pripyat. The last living souls we’d seen were the last chance saloon keepers and armed guards at the Exclusion Zone Border about 15 miles ago.… Read More

Lethe : of ancient legends that battle with oblivion in Greece

“..And I, stepping from this skin, Of old bandages, boredoms, old faces, Step up to you from the black car of Lethe, Pure as a baby.”  Sylvia Plath, Ariel, November 1962 It’s unthinkable, although not impossible, to knowingly bypass antiquity when it comes to Greece. Whether it’s a quick visit or an extended trip, the… Read More