Very true. You tended not to realise just how much you should have visited until it's too late.One thing that dawned on me in Berlin that I should have taken photos of the sights before they became so common place that I stopped even looking at them. An example is the theatre where they filmed the indoor scenes of the film Cabaret. I drove past it twice or more per week on the way to CP C but never got the driver to pull over so I could take a picture, nor did I ever visit it in my own time. It was only when we had visitors that I started recording what I might never see again.
This is the view east from Ernst Reuter Platz showing the Siegessäule and the Pope's Revenge (Fernsehturm) in the distance.
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Siegessäule and Fernsehturm again.
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Typical traffic congestion in the Soviet Sector and the reason for the Fernsehturm being known as the Pope's Revenge is clear. Also the Rotes Rathaus can just be seen in the middle distance on the right.
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He was a great boss and, an incredibly nice guy.Sad news:
He was appointed Operations Officer with the British Commanders-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) in 1978. The compact whereby the British and Soviet forces exchanged military liaison missions remained in force from 1946 until the reunification of Germany in 1990.
Ritchie proved to be a natural in this clandestine world and employed his language skills and personal charm to defuse difficult and often dangerous situations. It did not always work, and he was with a tour team when it was rammed by a Soviet Scud missile launcher. Fortunately, his vehicle was reinforced with half a ton of armour plating and he survived.
After many run-ins with the East German Stasi, his luck deserted him when, having spent all night in a ditch in order to photograph newly commissioned Russian military equipment, he was captured. On his return to England, he was awarded a well-deserved MBE for his service
Brigadier Charles Ritchie, who revelled in lucky escapes and fought a duel with a comrade – obituaryHe survived a huge explosion and an attack by tribesmen – and lived to tell the tale of swimming among crocodiles and venomous sea-snakeswww.telegraph.co.uk
Obituary here without a paywall:
Charles David MacIver Ritchie CBE, soldier. Born: December 12 1941 in Inverness. Died: December 16 2020 in Edinburgh, aged 79www.scotsman.com
Very true. You tended not to realise just how much you should have visited until it's too late.
When I first worked in Cambodia there was an exceptionally large seasonal flood in Phnom Penh in 1999.
Remember this was - just - before camera phones and so it took a bit of effort to bring a camera to take pictures.
When I wasn’t in the field I commuted to the office in the north of the city from my rented house in the south. About 15 minutes by Hilux.
There were all sorts of boats, rafts and canoes pressed into service and life went on largely as normal as if Phnom Penh had become Venice. It lasted about 72 hours.
Not one picture did I take.
"Araminta". Will our social betters ever refrain from marrying women with silly names?