Category Archives: Vignette

Vignette: Les amants de Carcassonne—The Lovers of Carcassonne

If your taste in poetry is inclined towards the pure and noble, but at the same time, tragic, you need look no further than France’s Joë Bousquet (1897–1950). He was born in Narbonne, in the land of the Cathars and … Continue reading

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Vignette: Traitor pigeons of World War II, and the story of Charlie Peanuts

Treason is no stranger, in time of war. England had her Lord Haw-Haw—William Joyce. The Norwegians had their Quisling. Yet treachery is not restricted to human form. A plethora of Dickin Medals—Victoria Crosses of the military animal world—were awarded to … Continue reading

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Vignette: Nazis and the Occult

Médée: La Toison D’Or—Medea: The Golden Fleece by Ersel and Renot is an illustrated story that would delight anyone interested in Nazis and the occult, World War II, or the bandes dessinée genre, in general. Medea (Médée in French) of … Continue reading

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In the news/Vignette: Let slip the dogs of war

Cry ‘Havoc’, and let slip the dogs of war—as Shakespeare’s Mark Anthony so famously said. Seventy-one years ago today, the United States Army did exactly that. On 13 March 1942, they began to train dogs for the War Dog Program, … Continue reading

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Vignette: If Hitler had a Facebook page…

The American Civil War felt the impact of photography, and much of the Second World War was reported through motion pictures in the form of newsreels. For Vietnam, it was television. For modern day conflicts, it will likely be social media. … Continue reading

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Vignette: Pearl Harbour Day

“A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY.” Today, Friday 7 December 2012, is Pearl Harbour Day—time to remember those who died exactly seventy-one years ago, and to remember the dramatic event which brought the USA into World War II. “A … Continue reading

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In the news/Vignette: Robot discovers the Lascaux Cave (1940)

According to Tom Kington, recently reporting from Rome for the British newspaper The Guardian (18 October 2012), two men noticed a wandering cat slip through a small opening in a cliff face close to their home in the ancient city. When … Continue reading

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