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Romancing Tatyana Firsova – Friday Writing Essential, November 21, 2014: Youthful Memories

My Dad’s Youthful Memories

(This is an excerpt from “My Dad, Volunteer in WWI”, a memoir I intend to finish, hopefully, by the end of 2015.) 537 more words



November punched its winds at us.
Blind, we raked remembrance
and glory. Blind grot from combat
now in books
is still our iron harvest.

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World War I: 100 Years On, the Search for Answers Continues

The purpose of this blog is to trace the outbreak of the First World War. Over the summer, we followed the march to war together, day by day, exactly 100 years after the events. 105 more words

First World War

When a House is More than a Home

Tighsolas over 100 years ago. The Nicholson’s pose in front of their prized possession.

Tighsolas yesterday. My husband leaves holding a piece of moulding with Norman’s name on it. 409 more words

1910 Women

St Martins and the other thing

11 November in Germany … is St Martins Day. Always has been (like, since the 4th Century AD). What? You’ve never heard of it? Oh, you thought 11 November everywhere was …? 790 more words

What We Saw And Did

This WWI-themed Christmas ad is blowing up the Internet

A World War I-themed advertisement for Sainsbury’s, a supermarket chain in the UK, is blowing up the Internet. And rightfully so.

On Christmas Eve 100 years ago, soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons in commemoration of the holidays. 34 more words

Rare Military

Maria Best West reblogged this on Best of West and commented:

Brilliant ad and story. This shows that Jesus's birth has the power to overcome even the worst of warfare... whether on a global scale or personal scale.