Royalty was like dandelions. No matter how many heads you chopped off, the roots were still there underground, waiting to spring up again.
It seemed to be a chronic disease. It was as if even the most intelligent person had this little blank spot in their heads where someone had written: “Kings. What a good idea.” Whoever had created humanity had left in a major design flaw. It was its tendency to bend at the knees.
A young Indonesian man with severe wounds is photographed at the Netherlands Indies Civil Affairs (NICA) Hospital, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. He was the sole survivor of four men who had been used by Japanese soldiers to practise beheading by sword - 26th of July, 1945