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'ZULU' RE-PREMIERED

    Before I completely take leave of the summer, I just wanted to say that I was lucky enough to attend the 're-premiere' of Zulu at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, on 11 June. I was only saying earlier in the year how important the film was in encouraging my interest in Anglo-Zulu history, so I was delighted to have the chance to see it again on the big screen - with one or two exceptions, it hasn't been shown in cinemas since its last major release in the early '70s.

HOLTS TOUR TO THE ANGLO-ZULU WAR BATTLEFIELDS 2015

     My apologies - it's been a bit of a hectic summer at home, not least because I have moved my study, an experience which has proved to me that everything my wife says about my pathological inability to organise my working space is true. Something which I had thought would take a few days actually ran into weeks, not least because of the prodigious amount of dust which needed to be brushed off nearly everything at the back of the shelves.

ZULU - FIFTY YEARS ON

     January 22 is always a significant date for me. Three of the most intriguing, dramatic and shocking battles of the Anglo-Zulu War all took place on that day - Nyezane, iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and 2014 marks 135 years since they took place. That in itself is a rather unsettling thought for me since I first visited the battlefields in 1979, for the centenary commemoration, and even by my dubious maths it means I’ve been going there for thirty-five years - damn, I’m getting old.

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