Dulce et decorum est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares, we turned our backs, And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind Read more ›››

The Last Laugh

‘O Jesus Christ! I’m hit,’ he said; and died. Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed, The Bullets chirped—In vain, vain, vain! Machine-guns chuckled—Tut-tut! Tut-tut! And the Big Gun guffawed.

Another sighed,—‘O Mother,—mother,—Dad!’ Then smiled at nothing, childlike, being dead. And the lofty Shrapnel-cloud Leisurely gestured,—Fool! And the splinters spat, and tittered. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Divided nation: It seems that the Republicans and Democrats both won the mid-terms if the reports are to be believed. Still, at least there was some comic relief on social media.

Lazarus: Dennis Hof was elected to Nevada’s state assembly, despite owning several brothels, facing an investigation into rape allegations. And also being dead. Read more ›››

R is for Rebecca Rolfe

Pocohontas

You may not recognise the name Rebecca Rolfe, but she is a major figure in American folklore, became an animated star for Disney and was the first American to be buried in England. You will know her better by her original name – Pocahontas.

She was born near what is now Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of the supreme chief of the Powhatan Confederacy, an alliance of Algonquin tribes who lived around Chesapeake Boy. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Witch way: Hundreds of witches swapped their broomsticks for paddles to paddleboard the Willamette River in Oregon.

Dog Days: If my suggestion last week of taking a job as an elf didn’t appeal, how about being paid $100 an hour to play with puppies at the dog-friendly Mutts Canine Cantina in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more ›››

Q is for Harriet Quimby

Harriet Quimby

I’ve written before about the early pioneers of flight from the exciting early years of the 20th century and some are less well known than they should be for all sorts of reasons.

One such is Harriet Quimby whose greatest aviation achievement in a tragically short career was overshadowed by an event of even greater historical significance. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Elf-employed: Anyone looking to earn some extra money this winter could get a job as an elf in Finland. Training will be given by the Arctic Hospitality Academy where you will learn ‘the required elfing and communication skills’.

Bin it: Do you pronounce scone so that it rhymes with ‘cone’ or ‘gone’? The Great Scone Map of the UK and Ireland illustrates the regional variations. Read more ›››