Under the bed

July 17, 2007

A third of Britons keep something heavy to hit intruders with. Not quite sure what that means for the insurance company that carried out the survey, although most of the heaviest things in my flat are books, with which I wouldn’t want to hit someone. Don’t damage the precious words. A bit like this. So maybe I should be visiting this slightly terrifying shop, now just down the road from my flat. Who would have guessed you could buy a deactivated gun so close to Peckham?


New blog

July 16, 2007

The Plugstreet archaeological project – led by members of the European Group for Great War Archaeology and the Comines Warneton Historical Society – has its own blog. It describes the project’s activities, but it’s also a place to find interesting links and comments on the presentation of the war and its aftermath in the modern media. Pop over and have a look.


Anniversaries

July 13, 2007

I’m back. Sorry for the break. I was reading new things and trying to write a lot. Not quite sure about why everyone is commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendale though. Bit premature. Still, I trust the monarch and everyone else will be there for the anniversary of the Battle of the Menin Road as well. Or not. And yet again, I was the only one off the coast of Mers el Kebir this year.


I died in hell, they called it the quarter to eight news.

July 13, 2007

You could listen again to what Today had to say. The Guardian marks the anniversary of the start of the Third Ypres campaign. Not the battle of Passchendaele. And with a selection of 14 images, 7 of which you’ve seen before. That must have been difficult reporting, what with the emailing the Imperial War Museum for the most hackneyed images in their archive and all. Still, probably better than the BBC’s effort to replicate the success of last year’s Somme messageboard on the Today website. 3 responses? Looks like a year after the Diana-isation of the Somme, nobody’s actually that bothered. Still, interesting to compare the remembrance of the battle over twenty years, particularly with this BBC account from 1987.