Vive memor quam sis aevi brevis.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (R.L.Binyon, from  "For the Fallen")


Wednesday, 8 November 2017


(Apologies to Lynn Johnson for appropriating her work)
i grew up watching "Victory at Sea," The World at War," and many other WWII documentaries. 40's & 50's era war movies were regular fare on  afternoon, after school TV programming. War was all around us in a nation that had been almost untouched compared to the carnage that was experienced in Europe and the Pacific, and images of the dead and dying were edited to the minimum in the films.  We had toy rifles and grenades and some of us had uniforms and military gear from the surplus stores or our fathers' attics. We built models of warplanes and warships. We staged battles. War was cool to us, and our war veteran fathers and survivor parents and grand parents said almost nothing to us about it -unlike Mike's mom. Soon, many of my contemporaries and our elder siblings were sent off to a real shooting war in Asia, and the survivors returned profoundly changed and shaken by the experience, having learnt the hard lesson that General Sherman was understating things when he said, "War is Hell."

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Вели́кая Октя́брьская социалисти́ческая револю́ция


Petrograd, 7 November (25 October, Julian,) 1917...

The proclamation

Kerensky & provisional government deposed...

The American Embassy, Petrograd.  Kerensky's refuge.

 The New Bosses:




The Masterminds:

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, aka Lenin.

Lev Davidovich Bronstein, aka Leon Trotsky.


"Workers of the World Unite!"

Enshrined in a Holy Trinity

Красная звезда


                        To so many of the war-weary Russian people,
                      it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Are you sick of this yet?

                                   i am sick to tears of hearing about "shock and horror."

                                   i am sick of hearing the phrase "thoughts and prayers."

                                   i am sick of hearing "Now isn't the time..."

From:Yahoo News, AP

                                           How about you?