160912 History Talk 12th Sept: Strange London Histories and Iconic Photographs of the 20th century

Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart

Date: Monday 12th September 2016 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subjects: Strange London Histories by Cheda Panajotovic, and Iconic Photographs of the 20th century by Brian Nicholls

To start the new lecture season and welcome you all including of course, any new members, Cheda and I are going to present two different talks of about 45 minutes each. Cheda will present a talk on ‘Strange London Histories’ and I will present a range of ‘Iconic Photographs of the 20th century’. Cheda, was as many of you will know, an accredited London tour guide and I have, in my long career as a Graphic designer and Lecturer, often acting as an art director, sifted through many, many images and although we may not remember them, some, both tragic, heart warming and often poignant, you will instantly identify with. We both look forward to seeing you on the first ‘day of school’!

Strange London Histories by Cheda Panajotovic

Some historical facts read as anything but!

Did you know that Oliver Cromwell was publicly punished by being hung, drawn and quartered some twenty nine months after his death? Did you know that this famous ‘parliamentarian’ ruled for most of his ‘protectorate’ without an elected parliament! Did you know that Cromwell, who was King in all but name was addressed as Your Highness when spoken to? Did you know that before his exhumation, he lay in state in Westminster Abbey among the Kings and Queens of England?

Such stories, often quite unbelievable are truly the stuff of legend.

Iconic Photographs of the 20th century by Brian Nicholls.

One could fill many talks with different images of man’s interaction with each other throughout history. This talk concentrates on photographic images from the last century with just two from the 19th and 21st centuries. Few will forget the enduring image of the little girl running, naked and with terrible burns, from a mis-directed bombing attack in the Vietnam war. She survived and there is another story to tell beyond just that dramatic image. This is just one example from the presentation. Another, is the story of the  ‘Hindenburg’ as she arrived in New York in the 1930’s. Many, sadly did not survive. This disaster has echoes in a recent major news item which I will explain. I have also included many other images with much happier outcomes.

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