1945 – 2020: 75 Years Since V-J Day Diary of War: Private John Bernard Patrick Byrne (a.k.a “Barney”), HKVDC #4732, and Irish Prisoner of the Japanese in Shamshuipo and Sendai (1941-1945)

“…How more weren’t killed down there, nobody knows. Providence I guess, and also, as the mine was so obviously dangerous, crazily dangerous, everybody developed a sixth sense of awakeness to danger. The damn shafts collapsed daily — no exaggeration…”

China – Under The Hood: A Dog’s Life in China – To Stroke or to Stir Fry?

Man’s best friend? Well not for everyone. The photograph above, which I snapped in South West China’s Guangxi Province, is particularly upsetting. Typical of the street-wise dogs commonly seen roaming around rural villages and towns the length and breath of China, this ill-fated mongrel, compressed into a tiny wire-mesh cage, is destined for a wok – to be stir-fried, or perhaps slow-cooked as a soup or stew, seasoned with spring onion, spices, rice wine and ginger. The terror in its eyes says everything: This dog knows its fate. All dog lovers should be revolted by this image