Tuesday, November 11, 2008

One for Tuesday

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Completely appropriate

Dumdad said...

This to be viewed as bugler sounds the Last Post.

French Fancy said...

I love old newspapers. Mr FF has a huge book(the biggest book I've ever seen) that has lots of front page stories from the last 100 years from all different sorts of newspapers. It's a delight to read, well it can make you sad, angry, and all the rest.

French Fancy said...

dumdad- we must have been typing together and you just beat me. The older I get the more emotional I feel about days like today.

The Dotterel said...

Me too, FF.

Frankofile said...

Have you caught the television coverage of the ceremony today at Douaumont/Verdun? Very different to the UK's Cenotaph ceremony - interesting. Even to bleuets (cornflowers) instead of poppies. I like the increasing involvement of children, whether eg laying a wreath or reading from a letter from a poilu.

willow said...

Let us not forget.

Bill Stankus said...

War is the stupidest thing humans have ever concocted.

French Fancy said...

dotterel - hello to us emotional old things.
I had a Big Birthday this year, the (whisper) half century one. It's been a turning point and I find myself much more affected by the terrible things that have happened to the world in the past.


frankofile - I'm much too busy blogging to watch television :) In other words I'm sorry to say I missed it. I didn't know that about cornflowers but I know by our town's memorial statue it is the good old poppy wreath that is laid.


willow - no, we must never forget but look at all the wars of history that are now forgotten. I don't think kids care much about these old wars - I didn't when I was young.

bill- Indeed - but when wrong is done somewhere (definite wrong not Bush/Blair wrong) what are the other options?

Sarah said...

"The older I get the more emotional I feel about days like today."

Me too. I think it's only with age that one can appreciate what it means.

I take my boys to the village's memorial service, but they don't really understand the significance of 'remembering'.

French Fancy said...

I didn't either though - I can remember my parents always watching the Cenotaph ceremony and I couldn't have given a toss. Until I got my Elgar Nimrod love, that is.

Bill Stankus said...

Wrong is usually from a few, not the larger number... yet when war is unleashed, the few that caused it usually never suffer but the many, well, there's terror and death and worse.

If we ever evolve perhaps the many can stop worshiping the few. I suspect war would then no longer occur... a few fist fights maybe but the culprits of war making can be sent to their corners and told to shut up.

French Fancy said...

Bill - bring back the old days when our esteemed leaders got on their horses and led their battalions. No armchair generals then.

Or


Flash forward a thousand years when all bad thoughts might have been gentically expelled from human bodies and all will be pure peace and love.

Carol and Chris said...

OOohhh my hubby would love a book like that...what's it called? (and is there any chance it has an isbn number so I can track it down)

C x

French Fancy said...
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French Fancy said...

I had to delete because the link (to amazon) was too long but it actually showed the book was not available there.

It's called Chronicle of the 20th Century by Derrik Mercer and its:

# SBN-10: 0582039193
# ISBN-13: 978-0582039193

Good luck with finding it. It's a fantastic book but you could never read it in bed - it's just too heavy.

French Fancy said...

ps. published by Longman in 1988

Carol and Chris said...

Thank you hon....If I can track it down then I think Chris will be getting a copy for his Christmas!!

C x

French Fancy said...

I'll try searching for it too, Carol. Can't you just tell I should be getting on with the next OU essay (this one on portraits of Napoleon; I haven't even had my mark back for the first one yet - moan, moan)