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A sign of world peace …

A sign of world peace …


I am a great believer in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. It helps me to make just a little more sense of the universe I apparently inhabit without getting too much of a headache. Today’s post hopefully demonstrates this. Not the headache bit. The rest of it.


Just a few days ago we were all witness to the horrific events unfolding in Paris. We were left yet again trying to make sense of the senseless. The whole planet responded with an outpouring of love and sympathy for the victims.   A “Peace for Paris” symbol, combining the city’s beloved Eiffel Tower with the CND peace sign, has gone viral following the terror attacks.


The designer is a 32-year-old French graphic artist, Jean Jullien, who lives in London. 


Now let’s hop in a time-machine and go back to 1957.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was founded in 1957 in the wake of widespread fear of nuclear conflict and the effects of nuclear tests. In the early 1950s Britain had become the third atomic power, after the USA and the USSR, and had recently tested an H-bomb.


The symbol adopted by CND, designed for them in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, became the international peace symbol. 


The first CND badges were made by Eric Austen of Kensington CND using white clay with the symbol painted black. Again there was a conscious symbolism. They were distributed with a note explaining that in the event of a nuclear war, these fired pottery badges would be among the few human artifacts to survive the nuclear inferno. 


At the beginning of  the month I received a very nice email from Eric Austen’s daughter, Gea. She told me about the part her father played in the early days of the CND. Gea was born in 1951 and is a very gifted artist. Click here to view more information about her.

And just to wind things up on a happy note, here is a picture of my grandaughter Rosie holding the moon in her hand. A child at one with the universe. Just as it should be.