April152014

"People began to forget how much terrible suffering the war had caused them."

-Otto Dix

—Otto Dix, the Art of Life. (via fuckjagermanexpressionism)

12PM

Anonymous asked: Have you seen the film or read the book Private Peaceful, which is set in WW1 ??

I have to admit I haven’t - I don’t really like narratives that beat me over the head with Unflinching Examinations of the Unfairness Of It All - What Is Cowardice Really - Etc Etc.

Also, I thought War Horse was OK but not mind-bendingly excellent (unlike the stage show, which IS mind-bendingly excellent), so I don’t know if I’d pick up another Michael Morpugo book, especially if it lacked horses.

But do let me know if you (or anyone else) thinks I’m being unfair. :)

April142014
idlepaddy:

Billy Hughes, Australian Prime Minister during the First World War. Pictured here with Australian troops. Hughes served in parliament from 1901, until he died in 1952. In that time he served in 5 political parties and was the only Prime Minister to lead both Labor (sic.) and non-Labor administrations. The Labor Party spilt during the First World War over the issue of conscription. Hughes reminded as Prime Minister with the aid of the Liberals, a party he eventually joined.

idlepaddy:

Billy Hughes, Australian Prime Minister during the First World War. Pictured here with Australian troops. Hughes served in parliament from 1901, until he died in 1952. In that time he served in 5 political parties and was the only Prime Minister to lead both Labor (sic.) and non-Labor administrations. The Labor Party spilt during the First World War over the issue of conscription. Hughes reminded as Prime Minister with the aid of the Liberals, a party he eventually joined.

2PM

(Source: voicesofwar)

April132014
the-library-and-step-on-it:

ANTHEMS FOR DOOMED YOUTHS
Songs for and poems by the war poets.

1. Anthem For Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) - Sean Bean   |   2. The Half-Killed - Dario Marianelli   |   3. The Last Laugh (Wilfred Own) - Sean Bean   |   4. Panic Attack - Turin Brakes   |   5. Attack (Siegfried Sassoon) - Gemma Arterton   |   6. Elegy For Dunkirk - Dario Marianelli   |   7. Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Own) - Christopher Eccleston   |   8.  Broken Crown - Mumford & Sons   |   9. How To Kill (Keith Douglas) - Noel Clarke   |   10. Letters - Yann Tiersen   |   11. Arms and the Boy (Wilfred Own) - Gemma Arterton   |   12. Well Worn Hand - Editors   |   13. Suicide In The Trenches (Siegfried Sassoon) - Stephen Graham   |   14. Shallow Grave - The Tallest Man On Earth   |   15. In Times Of Peace (John Agard) - Noel Clarke   |   16. After The Bombs - The Decemberists   |   17. Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy) - Vicky McClure   |   18. Home From War - Frightened Rabbit   |   19. The Dug Out (Siegfried Sassoon) - Sophie Okondeo   |   20. Ghosts That We Knew - Mumford & Sons   |   21. The Soldier (Rupert Brooke) - Sophie Okondeo   |   22. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - Laura Marling   |   Bonus: The Soldiering Life - The Decemberists

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the-library-and-step-on-it:

ANTHEMS FOR DOOMED YOUTHS

Songs for and poems by the war poets.

1. Anthem For Doomed Youth (Wilfred Owen) - Sean Bean   |   2. The Half-Killed - Dario Marianelli   |   3. The Last Laugh (Wilfred Own) - Sean Bean   |   4. Panic Attack - Turin Brakes   |   5. Attack (Siegfried Sassoon) - Gemma Arterton   |   6. Elegy For Dunkirk - Dario Marianelli   |   7. Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Own) - Christopher Eccleston   |   8.  Broken Crown - Mumford & Sons   |   9. How To Kill (Keith Douglas) - Noel Clarke   |   10. Letters - Yann Tiersen   |   11. Arms and the Boy (Wilfred Own) - Gemma Arterton   |   12. Well Worn Hand - Editors   |   13. Suicide In The Trenches (Siegfried Sassoon) - Stephen Graham   |   14. Shallow Grave - The Tallest Man On Earth   |   15. In Times Of Peace (John Agard) - Noel Clarke   |   16. After The Bombs - The Decemberists   |   17. Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy) - Vicky McClure   |   18. Home From War - Frightened Rabbit   |   19. The Dug Out (Siegfried Sassoon) - Sophie Okondeo   |   20. Ghosts That We Knew - Mumford & Sons   |   21. The Soldier (Rupert Brooke) - Sophie Okondeo   |   22. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) - Laura Marling   |   Bonus: The Soldiering Life - The Decemberists

8tracks

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April112014

Anonymous asked: The actress who plays Peggy Carter in Captain America is in the Testament of Youth too??? O.o

worthyourtears:

Yes ;-) According to IMDB she’s playing a character named Hope. I don’t know who she is.

Hope Milroy is a sister who works with Vera Brittain in France. She was quite an eccentric person, but she and Vera became quite good friends. I wondered if that was who Hayley Atwell would be playing - good to have it confirmed!

6AM

The Valiant and the Damned - National Portrait Gallery - follow link for short biographies of each sitter.

(I saw this exhibition yesterday - I vaguely hoped they’d fish Sargent’s “Gassed” out of whichever storage box IWM has it in while they remodel, but they didn’t.)

6AM

Some pics of Alicia Vikander (Vera) and Colin Morgan (Victor) filming Testament of Youth in Oxford (Source)

(PS: Colin looks like a precious moppet with his hair coiffed and his vest. I am a big fan of Alicia Vikander, but she just doesn’t look very much like Vera Brittain. Oh well - it’s the performance that matters.)

April102014

bantarleton:

Today in 1917, The battle of Arras begins with Canadian Corps executing a massive assault on Vimy Ridge.

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April72014
(I think this is Capt Gillan, but I haven’t quite sorted out who’s who - but anyway he’s handsome and Scottish and has a typewriter and I’ve already used all the promo shots of the VADs and sisters, so he gets to headline this post).
So, the Crimson Field ep 1 aired last night! Who watched it? What did you think?
Me — beautifully shot, some clunky dialogue and a few cliches, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin) is clearly heavily inspired by Vera Brittain—except with the attitude dialled up to 11. Also, Oona Chaplin is a perfect human being. I will keep watching.

(I think this is Capt Gillan, but I haven’t quite sorted out who’s who - but anyway he’s handsome and Scottish and has a typewriter and I’ve already used all the promo shots of the VADs and sisters, so he gets to headline this post).

So, the Crimson Field ep 1 aired last night! Who watched it? What did you think?

Me — beautifully shot, some clunky dialogue and a few cliches, Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin) is clearly heavily inspired by Vera Brittain—except with the attitude dialled up to 11. Also, Oona Chaplin is a perfect human being. I will keep watching.

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