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100 years: battlefields

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Three days ago, I wrote that a century ago, the world was in the middle of the First World War. Then I got to thinking: what does one hundred years look like?

As you can see below, the earth has begun to heal, but it is still scarred. The people of that time are gone, but the evidence of their insanity remains.

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As with all wounds, healing takes time.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to The Cure performing “One Hundred Years”

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Weather Report

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1 Response to “100 years: battlefields”


  1. 1 BobH
    January 29, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Great set of photos Dan.
    When we lived in Germany and were driving through France towards my home 35 years ago past the town of Albert, we came across signs for war cemeteries and stayed to look around. That awakened an interest in WW1 which persists to this day. I have a collection of WW1 trench maps that I showed at school, and I have also drawn the math and science linkages by showing the shift in death/injury rates between wars. I also wear the poppy on Nov 11th. It’s ironic that the poppy as a symbol of fallen soldiers was suggested by an American lady, but it’s only in the British Commonwealth that it is still used.

    One piece of music you should link to WW1 battles is “The Green Fields of France”

    I thought for years the title was “willie McBride” and it was sung by Donovan, but the internet puts me right, because Donovan’s was a cover. I think his treatment has much more pathos than others.

    “In the song, made famous by the Fureys and Davey Arthur, the singer asks ‘Did they Beat the drum slowly, did the play the pipes lowly? Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down? Did the band sound the Last Post in chorus? Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?'”

    And of course, people have done lots of research into the background:
    http://www.independent.ie/life/world-war-1/so-just-who-was-the-young-willie-mcbride-30249256.html


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