In 1915 at age 52, he took third place in the all-around at the Pendleton Roundup and decided to retire from rodeo, which had wrecked his body. The following year, an artist who was doing a sculpture of Sundown convinced him to enter the Roundup one last time, an offer that Sundown only accepted after the artist agreed to pay the entry fee. Sundown was twice the age of the other semi-finalists but advanced after high scores in the saddle bronc and bareback horse riding competitions. His final ride is an event of great mythology to this day among American Indians and rodeo aficionados. It is told that Sundown drew a very fierce horse named Angel and that the horse bucked so furiously that Sundown removed his cowboy hat and fanned the horse to get it to cool off, at which time he and the horse merged into one being. Sundown won the all-around event and became immortalised as a hero of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, which includes the Nez Perce. 


The Centennial of Charlie Chaplin & “the tramp”      1914-2014

Charlie in “City Lights” 1931, circa 1914 & “The Champion” 1915


Dublin in 1915

Born on October 14, 1894, most people know E.E. Cummings the writer. As a poet, Edward Estlin Cummingswas very popular throughout the 20th century and received tremendous critical acclaim. Less well-known is Cummings’ accomplishment as a visual artist. Cummings considered himself as much a painter as a poet and he devoted a tremendous amount of time to his art. He also produced thousands of pages of notes concerning his own opinions about painting, colour theory, the human form, the “intelligence” of painting, and his thoughts about the Masters.

Cummings painted primarily in oils on canvas, canvas board, particle board, cardboard, and sometimes burlap. His painting is generally divided into two phases. Between 1915 and 1928, he produced large-scale abstractions which were widely acclaimed.  As well he produced very popular drawings and caricatures that were published in “The Dial” journal. Between 1928 and 1962, Cummings created primarily representational works including still lifes, landscapes, nudes, and portraits.

Cummings spent the last ten years of his life traveling, attending speaking engagements, and at his summer home, Joy Farm, in Silver Lake, New Hampshire. He died on September 3, 1962, at the age of 67 in North Conway, New Hampshire of a stroke.

Olga Nikolaevna Alphabet ♔ C is for Crushes

While society was discussing matches with princes, Olga fell in love with a succession of officers. In late 1913, Olga fell in love with Pavel Voronov, a junior officer on the imperial yacht Standart, but such a relationship would have been impossible due to their differing ranks. Voronov was engaged a few months later to one of the ladies in waiting. “God grant him good fortune, my beloved”, a saddened Olga wrote on his wedding day, “It’s sad, distressing.” Later, in her diaries of 1915 and 1916, Olga frequently mentioned a man named Mitya with great affection.

According to the diary of Valentina Chebotareva, a woman who nursed with Olga during World War I, Olga’s “golden Mitya” was Dmitri Chakh-Bagov, a wounded soldier she cared for when she was a Red Cross nurse. Chebotareva wrote that Olga’s love for him was “pure, naive, without hope” and that she tried to avoid revealing her feelings to the other nurses. She talked to him regularly on the telephone, was depressed when he left the hospital, and jumped about exuberantly when she received a message from him. Dmitri Chakh-Bagov adored Olga and talked of killing Rasputin for her if she only gave the word, because it was the duty of an officer to protect the imperial family even against their will. However, he also reportedly showed other officers the letters Olga had written to him when he was drunk. Another young man, Volodia Volkomski, appeared to have affection for her as well. “(He) always has a smile or two for her”, wrote Alexandra to Nicholas on December 16, 1916. Chebotareva also noted in her diary Olga’s stated “dreams of happiness: “To get married, [to] always live in the countryside [in] winter and summer, [to] see only good people [and] no one official.”

Hotel Company - Martial Arts Training - Oct. 8, 2014 - Recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practice chokes during a martial arts training session Oct. 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program fuses hand-to-hand combat skills with character development, helping transform recruits into physically strong and morally sound warriors. Hotel Company is scheduled to graduate Dec. 12, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. by MCRD Parris Island, SC


you don’t have to have read the book

you don’t have to like all 13 dwarves

you don’t even have to know all their names

you don’t have to speak fluent Sindarin or know who Morgoth is or know what year Tolkien finished his studies at Exeter or even understand that the Necromancer is Sauron



elrond says ignore everyone who says otherwise ok and who can argue with that forehead


Lest We Forget

April 25 - ANZAC Day

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For those of you who don’t live in the Land Down Under, ANZAC Day is perhaps one of the most important days in the Aussie and New Zealand calander - if not, the most important day. It marks the day our troops arrived on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915. But it is so much more than that. It is the day that we honour all the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces, and continue to do so. As one, we mourn the losses of those who died, give thanks for those who returned home, show our support for those who continue to struggle with the memories day after day, and celebrate the freedom their sacrifices have given us.  

We are a country that prides itself on our ability to laugh at everything - even ourselves. We pull through disasters together, and enjoy the good times as a team. We have a strong sense of mateship which is in my biased opinion unparalleled by any other nation on this Earth. I am proud to be an Australian; and I am so very grateful to our ANZACS for giving up all they have so my country could be what it is today. True, it has it’s flaws like drop bears and politicians but it is still an amazing, incredible place to live. Thank you. 


April Fools Day: World War 1 - 1915.

On April 1, 1915, in the midst of World War I, a French aviator flew over a German camp and dropped what appeared to be a huge bomb. The German soldiers immediately scattered in all directions, but no explosion followed. After some time, the soldiers crept back and gingerly approached the bomb. They discovered it was actually a large football with a note tied to it that read, “April Fool!”