On a spring afternoon, the grassy headland is bursting with a joy that lifts the soul. Sunshine, blue sea and sky; splashes of golden gorse catch the light and bluebells sway in the breeze; larks float on air currents while gannets in their thousands swoop and screech on a rocky island below. This is the southern tip of Alderney, smallest of the three main Channel Islands. It has to be one of the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring sights in the whole of Britain. But close your eyes, take your mind back 75 years . . . We are standing on the remains of a massive World War II gun emplacement -- a German gun. To the left, a small valley leads down to the cliff top.
An'enormous' Roman settlement has been unearthed in the Channel Islands. The 3.7 acre settlement – the largest ever discovered in the Channel Islands and nearby areas of France – was preserved by drifts of sand for thousands of years. Excavations on Longis Common in Alderney have revealed walls, a stone courtyard, pottery and coins. Experts say the sand could have buried the island's first main settlement after its occupants moved to where the modern town is now located. The site is thought to date back to the second century BC - considerably earlier than previous discoveries in the area.
As a child of refugees, my parents' narrative is missing huge gaps of information. In our data rich world, archivists are finally piecing together new clues of history using unmanned systems to reopen cold cases. The Nazis were masters in using technology to mechanize killing and erasing all evidence of their crime. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Treblinka, Poland. The death camp exterminated close to 900,000 Jews over a 15-month period before a revolt led to its dismantlement in 1943.
The first blonde I caught was on the golf course, always a good place to find them. I found her -- I think she was female but you can never be sure without a really close look -- by the light of a torch, simply glowing in the beam. She was a classic nocturnal type, charming, bright of eye and winning of expression. But her demeanour was, truth to tell, a trifle prickly. Which is fair enough, I suppose, because she was a hedgehog.