Troubling Anniversaries – An Excellent Online Conference

On 21 and 22 October I attended an online conference on the theme of ‘Troubling Anniversaries’. The conference was organised through a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) within the School of Advanced Study in the University of London and Centre for Public History,(Opens in new window) The online conference explored the uses of…

Book Review: “The World Set Free” by HG Wells

As I have written about before (and will be a part of a new book that I am working on, as well as in my next novel), one of my interests relates to the imagery of ‘the mushroom cloud‘, atomic weapons, including issues relating to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the…

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Remembering

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – also known as ‘3/11’. Unsurprisingly, this anniversary has led to many events, news stories and articles about the event – both reflections on what happened on 11 March 2011, the lessons that can be learnt, and also those about what the…

“Hiroshima” by Hideo Sekigawa – The Ultimate Japanese Disaster Movie

In the next, and last, of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, I am writing about Hiroshima (ひろしま) (Hideo Sekigawa, 1953). This is the oldest movie amongst all those that I studied, but it could also be the most influential – at least amongst the Japanese language…

Mushroom Cloud Art

As I wrote about in my posts about the movies “Special Bulletin“, “Threads“, “The Day After“, “Black Rain” and “In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud“, I have had an interest in nuclear weapons since my teenage years. As well as the history and development of the weapons themselves, I also find something compelling about…

“Threads” – A Terrifyingly Believable Disaster Movie

As I have written about before, during the 1980s I gained an interest in nuclear weapons. I read books about them and I watched as much TV material as I could – which wasn’t a huge amount in a world of only four TV channels and no internet. Of all the programmes that I watched,…

Book Review: Hiroshima-75 edited by Aya Fujiwara and David R. Marples

I have had an interest in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as other aspects of atomic/nuclear weapons, for many years. With this year (2020) marking the 75th anniversary of the bombings, it’s as important as ever for people to remain aware not just of these bombings but also about the significance…

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics: A Chance to get it Right

On 24 March 2020 it was announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed. It’s a decision that has been a long time coming amid the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. With the event being postponed to be held no later than 2021, there’s a chance to have them held at a much more sensible…