It has been said that if we fail to learn from the mistakes of the past, we will keep on repeating them.   I fear that may be true.  I remember a debate in Parliament about Northern Ireland, when David Steele, a Scot, said, 2the trouble with the Irish is that they never forget and the trouble with the English is that they never remember.”  A warning we all need to heed.

So as we remember the dead of the Battle of the Somme, we might think about the lessons we failed to learn back then and ask ourselves if we have learnt them yet.  I found some interesting observations on that in a little book “Be Victorious!” by John Harvey Murray.  It is not really about warfare but about applying the lessons to our daily lives.  For more go to