Her Privates We by Frederic Manning

Frederic Manning’s (1882-1935) Modernist masterpiece, The Middle Parts of Fortune, set during the First World War at the Battle of the Somme, and based on the author’s own experiences in the trenches, was published in a limited number edition of around 500 copies by Peter Davies in 1929. The following year it was reissued under the title Her Privates We, with the coarse language of the soldiers cleaned up. Originally published anonymously by Private 19022 (Manning’s own service number), the author was only credited posthumously in 1943.

Despite its vernacular modifications, the book, which attracted admiration from both E. M. Foster and Ernest Hemingway, gives a realistic and unflinching account of both the graphic horrors of modern warfare and the conduct of its soldiers. The story is centered on Bourne, a fictional representation of Manning who, whilst respected and on good terms with his fellow privates, ultimately remains defiantly aloof. Whilst, he expresses moments of anger and frustration, his emotional detachment seems vital to survive the almost daily unrealities of modern warfare, such as bullets and shells skimming past the body, shortages of equipment, bodies ripped inside out and unnecessary military parades that end in death, unwittingly caused by friendly fire (a term that dates from the First World War).

The book in the photograph is a fourth impression of Her Privates We, published by Peter Davies in 1930.The book has more recently been reissued by Serpent’s Tail.

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Progressive Modernist Liberal Catholics Will “Crash And Burn” Someday

by Father Peter Carota

Many of us traditional Catholics have already been outside the King’s wedding feast.  We have already seen “the exterior darkness”, “the weeping and gnashing of teeth“.  Yes it is hard to be a true Catholic and obey all of God’s rules.  But it sure beats “crashing and burning”.


Liberal Catholicism only leads to sin, which leads to suffering and suffering for those around us.  Let us humble ourselves and again put on the wedding garment of holiness and return back to the Bible and Church.  Then, once again, we will feel the security of Our Father’s loving home.

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Cotton Gardens estate, Kennington, Central London, 1968. (Photographed by Henry Grant)

From 20thcenturylondon.org.uk:

'The Wates firm constructed the Cotton Gardens estate, Kennington Lane, for Lambeth Borough Council. Three 22-storey towers, named Ebenezer, Fairford and Hurley Houses, were built to complicated designs using pre-fabricated construction methods. Henry Grant photographed various building projects, documenting the changes in architectural production during the 1960s.'


Architect Kisho Kurokawa was very innovative in his creation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in 1972, which was the first capsule architecture design. The 140 capsule module was created with the intention of housing traveling businessmen that worked in central Tokyo (Ginza area) during the week. It is a prototype for architecture of sustainability and recycleability, as each module can be plugged in to the central core and replaced or exchanged when necessary.

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