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.

“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. 

(via greygreenwolf)

(via winawinadajcie)

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)

ofallthebastardsofplaces:

And then they came, our own men, over the crest,
Bleeding and limping, babbling out their news:
'We've chased them miles ahead… They won't
Stand up and fight like us… They’re just in front’.
They led one who kept crying, ‘I could see
No one. Only green bushes and a hill’.
He would never see much again. Breathe. Rest.

Private Harley Matthews (Vintage of War p 13)

(via asyayay)

“Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so.”

—   Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale (via bibliophilebunny)

(via yeezymandias)

worldwar-two:

An American soldier listening to a speaker at a debating society meeting in the Freemason’s Arms pub in Hampstead, London, during 1945. [x]

worldwar-two:

An American soldier listening to a speaker at a debating society meeting in the Freemason’s Arms pub in Hampstead, London, during 1945. [x]

(via greatestgeneration)

rachellebutler:

Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.
Source

rachellebutler:

Treble clefs by (L to R) Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel.

Source

(via cocokat)

goldenerasuits:

An Italian partisan in Florence on August 14, 1944

goldenerasuits:

An Italian partisan in Florence on August 14, 1944

(Source: rivet-head, via flashbackdandies)

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Young, pensive pianist, Glenn Gould.

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Young, pensive pianist, Glenn Gould.

One lucky winner will be sent a carton with these supplies:

  • 1 brand new copy of Letters from Iwo Jima
  • 1 model of an F6F Hellcat
  • 3 Pins (USAAF, Rep. of China, Memphis Belle)
  • 1 pocket size trivia book
  • 1 fantastic book describing classic WWII dogfights.

Naturally, there’s some fine print to keep in mind:

  • You do not need to be following me. I mean, sure, if you love history and planes and historical planes, you’re welcome to… but it’s by no means necessary to win.
  • I ship where ever. 
  • Reblogs are what count. Likes do not. There’s not really a limit on how often you reblog, but be a sensible human being, please.
  • No giveaway blogs. You will be disqualified.
  • Giveaway ends August 24th, at 12:01 am. I will be determining the victor via random.org. Please, keep your ask box open. If you do not reply to me within 72 hours I will determine a different victor.
  • Please be comfortable with giving me your address and personal information, should you win.

Good luck!

(Source: pra-vda, via tennyowithaluger)

biomedicalephemera:

Accelerated aging and organ damage with chronic alcohol abuse
The chemical we call “alcohol" is actually ethanol - one of many chemicals that are alcohols (which is any compound with a hydroxyl functional group).
It’s also one of the most ancient intoxicants; the fermentation of beer predates the domestication of horses (~6000 years ago vs. 5500 years ago), though the first recorded recipe (and definitive proof of intentional brewing) was not until 3900 BCE, in ancient Sumeria.This illustration shows the accelerated aging, ulceration of the stomach, and cirrhosis of the liver in a man who has abused alcohol since he was a teenager. While the body has defenses against acute alcohol toxicity, such as vomiting the irritating alcohol from the stomach (as well as the negative mental associations we make with hangovers, of course), it does not have the same defenses against chronic excessive alcohol consumption. As one develops a tolerance for alcohol, and drinks more frequently, the brain becomes dependent upon it.
Alcohol is one of the few drugs that is absorbed directly through the stomach, for the most part. This can cause significant ulceration and scleroses (hardening) with chronic abuse. As the liver is where the alcohol and its by-products are processed, consistent abuse of the substance can cause significant organ damage. Die Frau als Hausärztin. Dr. Anna Fitcher-Duckelmann, 1911.

biomedicalephemera:

Accelerated aging and organ damage with chronic alcohol abuse

The chemical we call “alcohol" is actually ethanol - one of many chemicals that are alcohols (which is any compound with a hydroxyl functional group).

It’s also one of the most ancient intoxicants; the fermentation of beer predates the domestication of horses (~6000 years ago vs. 5500 years ago), though the first recorded recipe (and definitive proof of intentional brewing) was not until 3900 BCE, in ancient Sumeria.

This illustration shows the accelerated aging, ulceration of the stomach, and cirrhosis of the liver in a man who has abused alcohol since he was a teenager. While the body has defenses against acute alcohol toxicity, such as vomiting the irritating alcohol from the stomach (as well as the negative mental associations we make with hangovers, of course), it does not have the same defenses against chronic excessive alcohol consumption. As one develops a tolerance for alcohol, and drinks more frequently, the brain becomes dependent upon it.

Alcohol is one of the few drugs that is absorbed directly through the stomach, for the most part. This can cause significant ulceration and scleroses (hardening) with chronic abuse. As the liver is where the alcohol and its by-products are processed, consistent abuse of the substance can cause significant organ damage.

Die Frau als Hausärztin
. Dr. Anna Fitcher-Duckelmann, 1911.