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louise-young's picture
Dec.24.2013
This is my favorite Christmas song.  Written by John McCutcheon, t is based on several spontaneous incidents that occurred on Christmas Eve in the war zone in France during World War I.   Christmas in the Trenches   My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool. Two years ago...
robert-earle's picture
Dec.03.2013
Pat Barker’s novel, Life Class, is a highly effective mixture of Jane Austen and Somerset Maugham. That might not be the best formula for praising this fine novel, but let me play with it a bit. Paul Tarrant is the Maugham figure, an aspiring artist who, in pre-WWI London, has technical talent but...
rosy-cole's picture
Nov.11.2013
  On the 95th Anniversary of Armistice Day They are focused on an interior landscape. The barrel of the lens will reach far into the future, capturing a moment in time more powerfully than any modern app. He sports a soldier's uniform, an officer in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, standing a...
kevin-arnold's picture
Nov.06.2013
What may have been Seamus Heaney's final poem, a "heartbreakingly prescient" reflection on the first world war, has been published for the first time by the Guardian.  Heaney was invited by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to contribute to a memorial anthology marking the...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Aug.20.2013
A crushed shell casing brought home from the WWI Front. The paper is soft and so is the writing, executed in clear light pencil. It's a gentle thing. a sweet thing: a letter from the Belgian front in 1917. A young man in his early  twenties, Herbert Tucker, of Lorne Avenue in Montreal, is...
robert-earle's picture
Jun.02.2013
One sometimes has the idea -- from general discussion often relating to the many and ongoing wars since -- that WWI got started when Europe’s leaders weren’t paying attention to one another or realistically assessing the powder keg upon which they were enthroned. The narrative goes on to lament...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Apr.26.2013
  Emmeline Pankhurst, from her 1914 Autobiography. I wonder why no one has ever made a movie about British Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst?  She's got a stamp and statue in England. A mini-series, Shoulder to Shoulder, was produced in the 1970's but that's it. Meryl Streep could do her....
robert-earle's picture
Mar.25.2013
British novelist, Pat Barker is best known for the Regeneration Triology, focused on World War I. Toby's Room covers some of the same territory...the years leading up to the war when it was all but unimaginable...and the years of the war when it also was all but unimaginable. Toby's Room is a...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Feb.23.2013
A scene from Everywoman a popular morality play of 1910 that used beautiful young actresses in sensual clothing to say women shouldn't be preoccupied with beauty and clothes! Sort of like today's anti-war movies that are full of exciting battle scenes! No Pasta or Rigatoni? Hamburgois instead of...
dorothy-nixon's picture
Feb.21.2013
  My cat,Foo Foo, must know something. He's started to lie at the picture window, looking out.  And it's snowing more than ever. It's the 21st of February and the forecasts say that the cold weather is over - and the daytime highs are going to hover around 0 Celsius for the rest of the...