the songs you've sung on a braver day

Salutations, comrades.

This is the blog of a mobile fungus colony.

Expect for there to be a focus upon the culture, arts and history of the 20th century.

newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

(Source: newyorker.com)

An Arundel Tomb

Side by side, their faces blurred 
The earl and countess lie in stone,   
Their proper habits vaguely shown   
As jointed armour, stiffened pleat,   
And that faint hint of the absurd—   
The little dogs under their feet.
Such plainness of the pre-baroque
Hardly involves the eye, until
It meets his left-hand gauntlet, still   
Clasped empty in the other; and   
One sees, with a sharp tender shock,   
His hand withdrawn, holding her hand.
They would not think to lie so long.   
Such faithfulness in effigy
Was just a detail friends would see:
A sculptor’s sweet commissioned grace   
Thrown off in helping to prolong   
The Latin names around the base.
They would not guess how early in
Their supine stationary voyage
The air would change to soundless damage,   
Turn the old tenantry away;
How soon succeeding eyes begin
To look, not read. Rigidly they
Persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths   
Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light
Each summer thronged the glass. A bright   
Litter of birdcalls strewed the same
Bone-riddled ground. And up the paths   
The endless altered people came,
Washing at their identity.   
Now, helpless in the hollow of   
An unarmorial age, a trough
Of smoke in slow suspended skeins 
Above their scrap of history,   
Only an attitude remains:
Time has transfigured them into   
Untruth. The stone fidelity
They hardly meant has come to be   
Their final blazon, and to prove   
Our almost-instinct almost true:   
What will survive of us is love.
-Phillip Larkin
historicaltimes:

Young boy tries to trade his fathers Iron Cross for cigarettes.Berlin Germany 1945

historicaltimes:

Young boy tries to trade his fathers Iron Cross for cigarettes.Berlin Germany 1945

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100 YEARS / STYLE / EAST LONDON

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my-bed-artwork:

One of my favorite gifs

my-bed-artwork:

One of my favorite gifs

(via flashbackdandies)

Balto and Gunnar Kaasen In January 1925. 
salahassan:

Last prayer before the execution in the Balkan war, Bosnia.

salahassan:

Last prayer before the execution in the Balkan war, Bosnia.

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disneylawyer:

"Hi I’m Joseph Stalin and I nominate Leon Trotsky for the CCCP ice pick challenge!"

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“As tired bullocks and bull buffaloes lie down at the end of monsoon, so lies the weary world. Our hearts are breaking.”

—   An Indian soldier during WWI.  [x, originally from David Omissi’s Indian Voices of the Great War.] (via alamaris)

(via one-great-war)

“The sun never sets on the British Empire because God doesn’t trust the British in the dark.”

—   

My extremely angry history teacher, quoting his extremely angry grandfather. 

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men-marched-asleep:

Here we dead lie because we did not choose
  To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
  But young men think it is, and we were young.

— A.E. Housman

incipient-rapture:

The remains of Vladimir Komarov, a Soviet cosmonaut who died when his space capsule crashed during re-entry to Earth because of a parachute failure

incipient-rapture:

The remains of Vladimir Komarov, a Soviet cosmonaut who died when his space capsule crashed during re-entry to Earth because of a parachute failure

bantarleton:

The weapons and equipment of British warriors down the ages, from top to bottom;

Huscarl, 1066

Crusader knight, 1244

Longbowman, 1415

Yorkist Man-at-Arms, 1485

New Model Army musketeer 1645

Private, 1709

Corporal, 1815

Private, 1916

Lance Corporal, 1944

Private, 2014

(via belinsky)

“Somme. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word.”

—   Friedrich Steinbrecher, German officer, 1916 (via poi-poi-motherfuckers)

(Source: nightmare-of-solomon, via tennyowithaluger)