Mildred Davis enjoys a drink at the soda fountain in Safety Last! (1923)
Wed, Jul 30 @ 8:44 AM
Derek Hunt for St Mary Magdalene, Waltham on the Wolds, Melton Mowbray
Wed, Jul 30 @ 6:32 AM
I am deeply dissatisfied with my life. Is this just adulthood?
Wed, Jul 30 @ 1:08 AM
In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.
Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)
I’m going to keep talking about this until you all buy her god damn biography. Because I don’t think you guys understand.
She was NUMBER ONE on the Gestapo’s most wanted list during the war. There was a 5 MILLION FRANC prize on her head.
They called her the White Mouse because of her skill for escaping certain death.
She was parachuting into a camp once and got tangled in a tree. A French soldier saw her flailing around and said, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year.” She answered only, “Don’t give me that French shit.”
She would smuggle messages, food, and supplies in a supply truck and when she passed German posts she’d wink at the soldiers and say, “Do you want to search me?” They never did.
She found out at one point that her men had been hiding a female German spy, protecting her. The rule was to kill them, but the men didn’t have the heart. But Nancy Wake did. And she never regretted it.
When she killed a man with her bare hands, it was an SS sentry who’d spotted her and she killed him to prevent him from raising the alarm during the raid. She would later say of it, “They’d taught us this judo-chop stuff with the flat of the hand at SOE, and I practiced away at it. But this was the only time I used it - whack - and it killed him all right. I was really surprised.”
She died in 2011, 3 weeks before her 99th birthday.
If you don’t think Nancy Wake deserves a movie and a TV show and all the damn recognition in the world, you’re wrong.
Yaaassssssss can we get a movie? This is like inglorious bastards BUT REAL AND WITH A WOMAN
Tue, Jul 29 @ 10:01 PM
My cherry and marzipan cake is amazing although I think next time that I will soak the cherries in Amaretto. because booze.
also my mum and I have had a great business idea that involves cake. but she lives 250 miles away which sucks.
Tue, Jul 29 @ 9:43 PM
would your boyfriend wear eyeliner with you?
marc antony would
Tue, Jul 29 @ 7:54 PM
Ivan IV the Terrible visited by the ghosts of those he murdered by Baron Mikhail Petrovich Klodt von Jurgensburg (Russian, 1835—1914)
Mon, Jul 28 @ 3:58 PM
28th July 1914 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia
On July 28, 1914, one month to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were killed by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, effectively beginning the First World War.
The following telegram sent by Count Leopold von Berchtold (Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister) at 11.10 am to M. N. Pashitch (Serbian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister), who received it at 12.30 pm
28 July 1914
The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms.
Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia.
Mon, Jul 28 @ 2:27 PM
ART HISTORY MEME: (1/6)
themes or series orsubjects: Orpheus and Eurydice
Desperately he tried to rush after her and follow her down, but he was not allowed. The gods would not consent to his entering the world of the dead a second time, while he was still alive. He was forced to return to the earth alone, in utter desolation. Then he forsook the company of men. He wandered through the wild solitudes of Thrace, comfortless except for his lyre, playing, always playing, and the rocks and the rivers and the trees heard him gladly, his only companions. But at last a band of Maenads came upon him….They slew the gentle musician, tearing him limb from limb, borne along past the river’s mouth on to the Lesbian shore; nor had it suffered any change from the sea when the Muses found it and buried it in the sanctuary of the island. His limbs they gathered and placed in a tomb at the foot of Mount Olympus, and there to this day the nightingales sing more sweetly than anywhere else. “
Mon, Jul 28 @ 2:11 AM
foolishly fallen in love with rouge noir when visiting the chanel counter, trying to find something similar and equally gorgeous on me in my own makeup collection because i don’t have £26 atm
Mon, Jul 28 @ 1:56 AM
Omg I wish punching people in the face was legal if they really really deserved it
Mon, Jul 28 @ 1:06 AM
Also my mum is the only person I can discuss a lot of things with and I really miss her not living nearby.
Sun, Jul 27 @ 11:46 PM
The grave of King Richard III, immortalised by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains, was opened up to the public on Saturday in central England. The remains of the infamous ruler were found in 2012 under a car park in the city of Leicester. Around a hundred visitors were on hand to watch city mayor Peter Soulsby cut the ribbon on the £4 million ($6.8 million, 5 million euro) new visitor centre at the discovery site. Early arrivals at the building, in an abandoned school close to Richard’s grave, were able to examine a replica of his skeleton made using a 3D printer.
By the way, there are rumblings that the RIII Society’s contributions (financial and otherwise) to the dig and subsequent DNA matching (including John Ashdown-Hill’s painstaking genealogical search) have been either been completely omitted or seriously downgraded.
FFS, ULAS. I’ve been a bit concerned that the RIII Society has spent more time feeling butthurt over being left out than in drumming up interest and support, but you can’t just leave the entire Society out in the cold. They worked hard to make this happen, and now the City of Leicester and the University of Leicester are acting like the entire thing was their brainchild.
Obviously, I haven’t been to visit the center, but apparently, some of the displays are also in poor taste? *sigh*
I remain pissed because I was in Leicester from the 11-13th and only then learned that the Center was opening two weeks later!
FWIW, my sense is that Team Soulsby (he puts the “ass” back in “class,” btw) and Co. have seriously alienated the R3S over the course of the last year, especially after Leicester Cathedral rejected their fully-funded (and beautiful) tomb design and started making insulting comments about not wanting the Cathedral overrun with tourists. I will have to dig up the obnoxious pamphlet they published that talked about prospective tomb designs and whatnot. It was so obnoxious.
I also feel the need to ventriloquize my impressions of Leicester itself onto Lego Thor (he loved the pawn shops) so as not to seem too completely obnoxious. Suffice it to say that the city appears to need any tourist money it can get. My husband was also reading a lot about the city’s issues when we got back and found that a lot of residents blame things on the current mayor (Soulsby) who won the election in one of those Bush-era “let’s recount the votes because reasons…” elections.
idk the whole thing has turned into a sad clusterfuck and Richard himself would either be disgusted or he would have rolled in by now and York-slapped everybody into place
let’s make york-slapping a thing
hit them so hard they’re seeing white roses
Sun, Jul 27 @ 11:10 PM