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August 22 2017

I just noticed I spelled 'Yorkshire' wrong

on a post I made back on the 6th. It was a typo and normally I wouldn’t care but it read “Yorkshirt” and now my British wife won’t stop harassing me.

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I say, jolly good show, chaps. And did I panic? I think not.

#the comic relief who is genuinely comic  #and who makes the ‘incompetent bufoon’ trope actually work as an endearing quality as originally intended  #well played movie - well played  #john hannah  #WHAT A FOX

#but! BUT!!!#THE GREAT THING ABOUT JONATHAN#IS HE’S NOT INCOMPETENT#he can read ancient Egyptian albeit not as well as his baby sister#he clearly has an interest in archaeology if only for treasure-related reasons#he had to go through intensive schooling to get the sort of permit required#to even have digs of his own#WHICH HE CLEARLY DOES#on a dig down in Thebes#he says and Evie believes him#Jonathan reads from the Book of the Living and he’s an excellent shot with a rifle and is clearly a boxer#Jonathan is SO COMPETENT and SO IMPORTANT#while simultaneously being plucky comic relief without JUST being plucky comic relief#u get me?

Jonathan, like Phryne Fisher, clearly hasn’t taken anything seriously since 1918.

And, I would suspect, for similar reasons.

^^^This. Jonathan being in World War I makes total sense. It’s almost impossible for him not to have been. Given his age and background, he probably volunteered in 1914.  

Of course he’s going to not take anything seriously. Of course he can shoot. The drinking, the skittishness, the recklessness, the sense of ‘keeping your head down’, the scepticism about traditional heroism….

The one with more actual experience of death, carnage and fighting is Jonathan. Not Rick. Not Ardeth Bey. Jonathan.

When Rick says ‘I’ve had worse (situation/odds)’ and Jonathan replies “ Me too”. That’s probably true

Drop The Mummy into the real world context and that’s a character who’s going to have seen a lot of his school friends die, along with the myths and tales of heroism they were raised on. Sort of makes the line where Evie’s scolding him for drinking/messing about a lot darker…

Evie: Have you no respect for the dead? Jonathan: Of course I do, but sometimes I’d rather like to join them.

If he is canonically a WWI vet, his complete comfortableness being around/messing around with corpses makes perfect sense.

Soldiers were often stuck in the same trenches for months at a time. There was no proper corpse disposal or way of getting bodies from the trenches or off the battlefield. In many places, everything was a giant sea of sucking oozing mud. Bodies sank and then reappeared the next time a shell came in. Men fell into shellholes, drowned and sank. Sinkholes opened up and swallowed things while pockets of air and gas dispelled previously buried things. The graveyards that did exist were often hit with shells and men were sometimes killed or injured by coffin pieces. Soldiers lived in a paste of mud, blood and rotting flesh.

Because of this, the men became numbed to bodies casually resting next to them or sitting down, only to discover they were sitting on a corpse. Sometimes the bodies were posed or dressed up, especially if they belonged to the enemy. (This same humorous approach as a way to deal with the trauma of death has been seen in every war since, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam, but typically not to the same extent as there were less corpses lying about.)

This would explain Jonathan’s complete ease in sitting down with a corpse, talking to it and using it for a drinking buddy. He’s probably already done this before and with a much nastier body than a mummified Ancient Egyptian. He’s still suffering from PTSD which as other have said is shown in some of his other behaviors.

I haven’t seen the movie anytime recently so I can’t give any other examples, but that’s a pretty big one.

this rage/never asks for much/but sometimes it takes/all of me.
Lana Rafaela (via wnq-writers)
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Carey Morris - Boesinghe Château, Yser Canal, January 1917, 1917.

Boesinghe is located just north of Ypres. The small Belgian town first took damage in April 1915 when the French dug in nearby. In June, the British arrived (4th Division) and fighting continued to take place through July 1917, by which time the town barely existed and everything was, like much of Flanders, simply a sea of mud.

Morris served as a Lieutenant with 10th Battalion South Wales Borderers

August 08 2017

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:13
(via theorthodoxknight)
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August 07 2017

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From “Digger Dialects: A Collection of Slang Phrases Used By Australian Soldiers On Active Service” 1919 by Walter Hubert Downing, edit mine

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German gas attack seen from the air, The Illustrated London News, 15 December 1918.

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A Model 1910 Belgian Automatic Pistol, firing a 7.65mm/.32 ACP cartridge, manufactured at the Fabrique Nationale D’Armes de Guerre arsenal, Herstal, Belgium.

It was thought that Gavrilo Princip used this same pistol on June 28, 1914, however in the early 2000s, the actual assasination pistol was recovered and placed in the Austrian Military Museum and it was revealed to be the same Model 1910 from the same arsenal but used the  9mm/.380 ACP cartridge instead.

For the assasination, four model 1910s were bought at an arms store in Belgrade, Serbia and distributed to the conspirators, none of whom had actually fired a pistol before. (Which probably partially accounted for how truly botched the assasination was.)

This pistol is now in the National World War One Museum and Memorial, more here.

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August 06 2017

NO doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they’re ‘longing to go out again,’—
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They’ll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,—
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they’ll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter’d all their pride…
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967). “Survivors”, 1917

“Survivors” was written while Sassoon was being treated at the Craiglockheart Medical Facility in Edinburgh. He, as well as the soldiers he describes, were being treated for ‘shellshock’ which was the current term for the then-badly-understood condition of combat-derived PTSD. During WWI it often manifested in odd gaits, difficulty speaking, twitches, shakes and lack of muscle control.

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Jean-Georges Cornelius - Percutants. Champagne, 1917.

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yorkshirt wartime experience, photo by James Pawlowski

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August 05 2017

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