Monthly Archives: January 2014

62b – Emsworth Part II

Emsworth has a small harbour which is situated between two tidal ponds.  As we walked out of Slipper Mill Pond and into the harbour area we left West Sussex and walked into Hampshire.  It was low tide when we walked along … Continue reading

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62a – Emsworth Part I

What a day for a Boxing Day walk!  The sky was blue; the day was crisp; the wind was hardly stirring; the waters were still.  Nature was looking its best.  In the first field we came to a pony trotted … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part V

Just beyond the replica of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse is a memorial to its victims.  The Berlin Wall was put up on 13 August 1961 and fell on 9 November 1989.  During that time at least 136 people are known to … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part IV

Although the East German authorities stopped people escaping through the Bernauer Strasse apartment blocks by demolishing them, this did not stop the constant stream of escape attempts generally.  Over the course of its 28-year operational life the Berlin Wall was therefore … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part III

Having forcibly evicted over 2,000 residents of Bernauer Strasse, the East German authorities set about sealing shut this popular escape route.  The front doors of the houses, which opened directly onto West Berlin, had already been nailed closed.  The ground floor … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part II

The sealing of the border between East and West Berlin, just after midnight on 13 August 1961, was swift and immediate, although in some ways not as swift and immediate as the authorities would have liked.  The residents of Bernauer Strasse were able to open the front doors … Continue reading

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The Coastal Path in Berlin – Berlin Wall Part I

In January 2008 I was  sat in a plane at Heathrow airport.  It had backed away from its stand by about 30 feet and was about to taxi out to the runway to take me to Inverness.   The aircraft suddenly stopped and … Continue reading

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