Tag Archives: The Great War

Young Man, You’re in the Army Now!

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) This is probably the first time I’ve seen a film about what it was like for a German foot soldier during the Great War. It wasn’t a great war, at least not on … Continue reading

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The Greatest Female Spy of All Time?

Mata Hari (August 7, 1876 – October 15, 1917) If you were hoping for something more salacious, you needn’t have come to this post. There are plenty of photos of Mata Hari in various states of undress on the internet. … Continue reading

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The Writer who Got Away with Mordor

J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the first “Lord of the Rings” film was released to cinemas the world over. This concept came from the mind of … Continue reading

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Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Day, the Eleventh Month

The End of the Great War, 1918 For those who think that 11:11 is a new phenomenon, this was the original event. It was also when the seeds of the Second World War were planted. Although the actual signing took … Continue reading

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The Assassination that Triggered the Great War

The Shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (June 28, 1914) After watching season two of Downton Abbey on Netflix, I wondered if I had written about this event before. It turns out that I had previously raised a chart, but nothing … Continue reading

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They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait

Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) Having been a late fan of Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1975), I find it interesting how the British love to show a time when rich people (read, the nobility) had servants (read, slaves). At the moment, we … Continue reading

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“Here Comes the Son!”

Miracle of the Sun (Fatima – October 13, 1917) There must have been something in the air that day. Expectation of a miracle, for one thing. And that rainstorm must have stirred up a lot of dust on the Santos … Continue reading

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After a Long Gestation Period, and Extended Labour Pains…

The State of Israel is Born Strange prompt, this one: I was listening to Andy Williams sing “The Exodus Song (This Land is Mine)” and I suddenly connected two events in history in my mind. Firstly, though, I’d like to … Continue reading

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Echoes in Time: 1st and 2nd Punic Wars – WWI and WWII

Specific 2,160-Year Overlaps in American and Roman History This is where everything gets spooky. And to get a full appreciation of the symmetry, I will quote extensively from David Wilcock: In order to see the parallels between Roman and American … Continue reading

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Was Our Mom Named After This WWI Heroine?

Edith Cavell (December 4, 1865 – October 12, 1915) I’ve always wondered why Mom was named Edith at birth. Since she was born slightly more than 7 years after this English woman‘s death by German firing squad, I can only … Continue reading

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