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Ramadan celebrations around the world

The holy month of Ramadan started on Saturday, May 27, as Muslims all over the world are began their monthlong daytime religious fast.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. It is celebrated by observing a fast every day that begins after a predawn meal, suhur, and is broken with iftar, a meal at sunset.

Here’s a look at vibrant pictures of Ramadan being celebrated around the world. (Yahoo India)

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Queens, New York

A Shiite Muslim man enters the Hussainiya prayer room during the month of Ramadan at the Al-Khoei Foundation in Jamaica, Queens, New York, May 29, 2017. (Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

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Ghouta, Syria

A man reads the Koran during Ramadan in the rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, May 27, 2017. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

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Tehran, Iran

A Shiite Muslim girl arrives at Imamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish Square in northern Tehran on May 30, 2017, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

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Hyderabad, India

An Indian Muslim offers prayers before breaking his fast on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Muslims break their fast with iftar during the holy month of Ramadan on May 29, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Peshawar, Pakistan

A Muslim man prays as he prepares to break the fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 27, 2017. (Fayaz Aziz/Reuters)

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Singapore

Muslims perform tarawih prayers to mark the start of Ramadan at a mosque in Singapore, May 26, 2017. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

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Gaza City, Gaza

A Palestinian man reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the month of Ramadan at al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, Monday, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Jerusalem

A Palestinian man reads the Quran in al-Aqsa Mosque, on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City during the holy month of Ramadan, May 28, 2017. (Ammar Awad/Reurters)

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Delhi, India

A Muslim man distributes free iftar (breaking of fast) meals as charity on the first day of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, India, May 28, 2017. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

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Istanbul, Turkey

A Turkish army artillery unit marks the end of fasting in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Turkey, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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A Muslim woman prays after having her iftar (breaking fast) meal on the first day of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi, India, May 28, 2017. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

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A man in Ottoman attire poses for pictures as people break their fast in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, Turkey, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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Manhattan, New York

Egyptian-American Muslim family membres pray the Maghrib prayer on the first day of Ramadan in Manhattan, May 27, 2017. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters)

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Washington Square Arch is seen on the left as Muslim women praying Tarawih prayers are reflected in the window of the Islamic Center at New York University ahead of Ramadan in Manhattan, New York, May 26, 2017. (Gabriela Bhaskar/Reuters)

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A Palestinian man reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the month of Ramadan at al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Jakarta, Indonesia

A whirling dervish performs as Muslim men wait to break their fast at Istiqlal Mosque during the second day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A man rests as he reads the Quran in a mosque during Ramadan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2017. (Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters)

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Kashmir, India

Kashmiri Muslims read verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, inside the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan during the holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar, Kashmir, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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Brooklyn, New York

Muslims shop for decorations ahead of the first day of Ramadan in Brooklyn, New York, May 26, 2017.
(Amr Alfiky/Reuters)

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Islamabad, Pakistan

A boy learns to read the Quran at a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in Islamabad, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

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Indonesian Muslims pray on the first day of Ramadan at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 26, 2017. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

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An elderly man checks a traditional Ramadan lantern before buying it to mark the holy month of Ramadan at the main market in Gaza City, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Muslims are silhouetted as they scan the horizon for a crescent moon that will determine the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

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A worker decorates the yard of a coffee shop on the main beach road one day ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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Lahore, Pakistan

Workers wash the courtyard of a mosque in preparation for Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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North Sumatra, Indonesia

Students perform a prayer on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at Ar-Raudlatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

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Muslim men pray in a mosque on the third day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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A Muslim woman reads the Quran in a mosque on the third day of Ramadan in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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Kashmiri Muslims read verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, inside the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan during Ramadan in Srinagar, Kashmir, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

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Men reads verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during Laylat al-Qadr prayers during Ramadan at al-)mari mosque in Gaza City, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

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Muslims gather at the Badshahi Mosque for the iftar meal during Ramadan in Lahore, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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Karachi, Pakistan

Commuters travel past plates of food placed for passersby to break their fast during Ramadan in Karachi, Pakistan, May 29, 2017. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

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Ajmer, India

A boy cleans the religious pictures for sale at a shop during Ramadan outside the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, India, May 29, 2017. (Himanshu Sharma/Reuters)

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Karbala, Iraq

Men read the Quran at the Imam Hussein shrine during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the city of Karbala, Iraq, May 29, 2017. (Stringer/Reuters)

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Kidnapped - Damian Wayne x Reader

Originally posted by mrjasontodd

Requested by gracesnowstorm  -  Damian Wayne x Reader You know the comics where Damian had powers but then they disappeared and no one is really sure where they went. Well this story is afterwards, Damian and the Reader are both 13 and are BEST FRIENDS, the Reader is even aware of his role as Robin. So the Reader is kidnapped by a criminal and is held for ransom which makes the Batfamily devastated because they’re very close to the Reader. They find out the Reader is in an abandoned warehouse, they go and break into the place, fight off the goons and Damian looks for the Reader. Damian finds him or her locked inside a room so he breaks in and he realizes the Reader hasn’t even been touched once, no bruises, no cuts, and behold, the criminal shows up. Damian and the criminal fight each other, the criminal grabs the Reader and tells Damian if he takes a step closer, he’ll snap the Reader’s neck and kill him or her. Damian backs down, the criminal’s goons tie up Damian, but then the criminal starts beating up the Reader. Damian tries to break free, get them to stop, cry for help, but its a sound-proof room so no one can hear. Anger and sadness over whelms him, his heart, thoughts, and emotions running 600 miles per hours and thats when he snaps. He regains his powers back and they’re more powerful and he has a larger range of powers than he did before. He breaks free, kills the criminal and his goons with his powers, even though it’s against Bruce’s no-kill rule, he picks up the barely alive Reader, gets the rest of the Batfam and they leave the warehouse. After about a month of recovering in the hospital, the Reader is released and goes back to the Wayne Manor and the entire Batfamily takes a day off of everything to be with the Reader and they play boardgames, then when time to go, Damian walks the Reader back to his or her parent’s car, and before he or she can get in, he stops the Reader and tells them no matter what, he’ll make sure NOTHING will happen to the Reader, the Reader smiles and they confess they love each other, (only as friends for now, later in life, like late teens, they can date each other and marry each other and have children) then the Reader gets in the car and it drives off.  


“(Y/N), I need to speak to you,” Damian demanded, striding to your locker as you struggled to open it. You placed your backpack on the floor, working the combination lock. 

“Yeah?” you asked, grunting when the locker still didn’t open. You pulled on it, hoping by some miracle it would open. 

Damian glared at you, hitting your locker. Much to your surprise, it popped open. “How?” you asked, your eyes widening. 

“TT,” Damian huffed, pursing his lips. You shook your head in amazement before taking out the books you needed for homework. “I need to discuss this weekend with you.”

“Yes?” You stuffed the books in your backpack, glancing at him. He still had his customary scowl on his face. Zipping up your backpack, you slipped it onto your back while pulling your phone from your pocket.

“I have purchased the new Resident Evil game, and I want you to come over,” Damian ordered, shutting your locker for you. You smiled at him, glancing at your phone. 

“Sure, I’d love to, Damian.” His scowl softened. You both started to walk out of the building. “But don’t you have that big mission this weekend?”

Damian growled, stomping his foot. “Father is keeping me at home. He insists the mission is too dangerous.” You patted his arm, knowing he was upset by the tone of his voice. 

“Well, I’m sure your father is right,” you began, wincing when Damian glared at you. “You are capable, Damian. Your father is probably being overly cautious.”

“TT.” Damian opened the door allowing you to step outside first. He followed, falling into step beside you once again. “What time would be appropriate for me to pick you up for this weekend?”

You paused with a suspicious look on your face. “You? Don’t tell me you’re going to drive your dad’s limo to get me again? We almost got caught last time.”

Damian snorted. “If you are so against it, I suppose I could ask Pennyworth to drive.” 

“Good,” you sighed in relief. You came to a stop at the street corner where you and Damian usually parted ways. “How about ten o’clock on Saturday?” You elbowed him playfully. “Unless that’s too early for you.”

“TT, of course not,” Damian huffed, wrinkling his nose. 

You laughed before heading home. “See you later, Damian,” you called from over your shoulder. Damian waved at you, turning to where Alfred was waiting with the car. 

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There are many unsolved cases throughout the world but none so frightening as the case of the Australian serial  rapist, Mr.Cruel. From 1987-1990 Mr.Cruel attacked three girls in the northern and eastern suburbs of melbourne. 

Mr.Cruel’s first crime took place late in the night of August 22, 1987. A man with a knife broke in and attacked a family in lower Plenty around 4am. He attacked the daughter and cut the phone lines. His next crime took place over a year later on December 27 1988. He broke in to a family home at 5:30am, bound and gagged the parents, demanded money and them kidnapped their daughter, 10 year old Sharon Wills. She was released 18 hours later at Bayswater high school.

Nearly two years of radio silence would occur before he would strike again. He kidnapped and raped 13 year old  Nicola Lynas for 50 hours before he released her in the suburb of Kew in a sub-station. This is his last crime that can be traced back to him for sure. The rape, abduction, and  killing of 13 year old Karmein Chan was suspected to be his work but with the lack of evidence they couldn’t prove it was Mr.Cruel.

Mr.Cruel was never caught even though the police have searched over 30,000 homes and interviewed over 27,000 different suspects. There is currently a reward of $1,200,000 for identifying him in the two abductions. Mr.Cruel committed heinous crimes against young girls and its quite unfortunate and scary that he may still be out that today. 

Arcade Fire Song Titles
as sung by Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire Song Titles

old flame | i’m sleeping in a submarine | my heart is an apple | headlights look like diamonds | vampire / forest fire | une année sans lumière | crown of love | wake up | haiti | in the backseat | brazil | cold wind | black mirror | keep the car running | neon bible | ocean of noise | windowsill | no cars go | my body is a cage | broken window | surf city eastern bloc | the suburbs | ready to start | modern man | rococo | empty room | city with no children | month of may | wasted hours | deep blue | we used to wait | culture war | speaking in tongues | abraham’s daughter | reflektor | we exist | flashbulb eyes | here comes the night time | normal person | you already know | joan of arc | awful sound (oh eurydice) | it’s never over (hey orpheus) | porno | afterlife | supersymmetry | women of a certain age | soft power | get right | crucified again

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‘’It’s Judgement Day! You think it’s bad now—just wait.’’

Shooting

On April 6, 1999, 40-year-old Pierre LeBrun, a disgruntled former transit worker, arrived and parked at his former job at OC Transpo at 2:30 P.M. in his black Pontiac Sunfire. Grabbing his high-powered Remington 760, Pierre headed into the garage and, reciting a line from the movie ”The Terminator”, shouted, ”It’s Judgement Day! You think it’s bad now—just wait.” Immediately after, Pierre began firing at his ex-work colleagues. After two shots were fired, someone grabbed the public-address microphone and screamed for employees to run and call the police. Co-workers who survived the shooting recall Pierre’s expression as deadpan.

As panicked people quickly sought hiding places in the bus garage, Pierre LeBrun proceeded into a small office, cornered two victims, and killed them instantly with two blasts from his rifle. By this time, it’s already been a half hour since Pierre commenced the shooting rampage and he had already managed to gun down four men and wound two others. Although Pierre had encountered dozens of people, he only opted to shoot some. He had also attempted to burn down the building, but the sprinkler system doused the two fires he set.

Pierre then made his way up the nearby stairs for the mezzanine level and walked all the way back to near the midpoint of the garage, affording him a wide-open view of the garage area and an excellent vantage point to continue shooting. More of his frightened ex co-workers were nearby and Pierre had 36 rounds of ammunition left. He briefly yelled and swore at them, but instead of firing more shots, he turned the rifle on himself and ended his life.

Background Information

Pierre LeBrun was born in 1959 in Ottawa, Canada. Growing up, Pierre was often teased for his speech impediment. This molded him into a shy, aloof individual who had no social contacts other than his own parents.

Pierre began working at OC Transpo 13 years prior to the shooting. Co-workers described the bus driver as ”quiet and shy.” During his decade-long career span, Pierre has been shifted to three other jobs at OC Transpo to his request to escape constant harassment from other co-workers. When frustrated, his speech impediment worsened, which caused co-workers to mock him and laugh. One man was recalled to have laughed so hard that he collapsed on the ground while clutching his stomach.

In the summer of 1997, Pierre’s anger got to the best of him and slapped a mechanic who was teasing him for his speech impediment. Pierre was subsequently fired from his job, but was given a deal that if he agreed to take a one-month anger management course, he was granted a rehire. At the end of the course, Pierre was given a self-evaluation. One survey question asked, ”Did you reach the goals you set for yourself?” Pierre answered, ”No.”

Pierre was permitted to return to work, although was sent to work at the main garage as an audit clerk since employees wanted nothing to do with him. The following January, Pierre quit his job and was unemployed for the remainder of the next few months before returning to his job in April with a vengeful mindset.

In his suicide note, however, discovered by his parents in their home in Orléans, an eastern suburb of Ottawa, just as police called to tell them of the tragedy, Pierre mentioned four co-workers he had problems with and three that he liked. But none of his victims’ names were on the list.

The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie) was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army (Polish: Armia Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The rebellion was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.

The uprising began on 1 August 1944, as part of a nationwide plan, Operation Tempest, when the Soviet Army approached Warsaw. The main Polish objectives were to drive the German occupiers from the city and help with the larger fight against Germany and the Axis powers. Secondary political objectives were to liberate Warsaw before the Soviets, to underscore Polish sovereignty by empowering the Polish Underground State before the Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation could assume control. Also, short-term causes included the threat of a German round-up of able-bodied Poles, and Moscow radio calling for the Uprising to begin.

Initially, the Poles established control over most of central Warsaw, but the Soviets ignored Polish attempts to establish radio contact and did not advance beyond the city limits. Intense street fighting between the Germans and Poles continued. By 14 September, Polish forces under Soviet high command occupied the east bank of the Vistula river opposite the insurgents’ positions; but only 1,200 men made it across to the west bank, and they were not reinforced by the bulk of the Red Army. This, and the lack of Soviet air support from a base 5 minutes flying time away, led to allegations that Joseph Stalin tactically halted his forces to let the operation fail and allow the Polish insurrectionists to be crushed. Arthur Koestler called the Soviet attitude “one of the major infamies of this war which will rank for the future historian on the same ethical level with Lidice.”

Winston Churchill pleaded with Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt to help Britain’s Polish allies, to no avail. Then, without Soviet air clearance, Churchill sent over 200 low-level supply drops by the Royal Air Force, the South African Air Force and the Polish Air Force under British High Command. Later, after gaining Soviet air clearance, the US Army Air Force sent one high-level mass airdrop as part of Operation Frantic. The Soviet Union refused to allow American bombers from Western Europe to land on Soviet airfields after dropping supplies to the Poles.

Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. Jews being harboured by Poles were exposed by German house-to-house clearances and mass evictions of entire neighbourhoods. German casualties totalled over 8,000 soldiers killed and missing, and 9,000 wounded. During the urban combat approximately 25% of Warsaw’s buildings were destroyed. Following the surrender of Polish forces, German troops systematically leveled another 35% of the city block by block. Together with earlier damage suffered in the 1939 invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when the course of the events in the Eastern Front forced the Germans to abandon the city. (x)

thawn submitted: Info on Louis' Dagger from the Bondi Ink Tattoo Artist !

Hi there!

I’ll try keep it quick, but basically I came to you first because this (to me) is pretty breakthrough stuff. If anything it confirms a lot of our beliefs and I thought you could handle it/spread it accordingly.

So basically, I live in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and I got my nose pierced tonight at Bondi Ink (notorious in this fandom for the venue of Louis’ long awaited dagger tattoo) and as I was sitting in the chair I struck up conversation with the guy doing the piercing. I asked if he was a tattoo artist and he said no, but “this guy is” and pointed to someone next to him. So I started talking to that guy about drunk tattoo requests, etc, small talk.

Then I asked “Did you do the tattoo’s for the boys from One Direction?” and he was like, “yeah, I did one of them. Lewis i think?” And my heart started beating cause it couldn’t have been a better opportunity to ask questions.

On the topic of “drunk tattoo requests” I asked about Louis’ tattoo (playing dumb of course, otherwise I would seem like a creep) so I joked around and said sarcastically “was it a sentimental one” and he said “Actually I was really surprised, he wasn’t even drunk, he had it planned out and it seemed extremely important - weird for a late night tattoo around here”

at this stage i was struggling to contain myself because jesus christ ?? ? ?

Then i decided to try and go further, and I asked “do you remember what the tattoo was?” and he said “yeah it was a dagger” and I said “why would he get a dagger that’s bizarre”. To which he replied, “when I saw the design, I said that I’d known of a different but similar design with a rose incorporated into the dagger - being a tattoo artist for a living every now and then we have to try and up the scale of the tattoo - but then he just said that ‘the rose had already been taken care of’, so maybe he already had a tattoo of a rose somewhere else

I have to note that afterward I said “wow it’s strange that you can reveal all this stuff to me, what with his status and client confidentiality and all that” and he just said “nah, it’s a tattoo after all, it’s there forever and it’s not exactly in a hidden place, everyone’s gonna see it”

So make of all this what you will, but I thought it was pretty significant. I was with a friend at the time who has absolutely no idea about Larry, but me being a pretty avid Larrie in this fandom I thought it was pretty good news for us… I must stress that this is real! I wouldn’t want to make up this even if I really wanted to, false hope tears us apart nowadays.

Have a lovely day!

Lucy x

Thank you for submitting the story, love.

Missing backpacker series part eight

Melody O’Gara was 28 when she left the UK to travel around Australia in February 2004. She was last seen in Bondi, near Sydney on October 24 2004 at 5am at a friend’s house, resting on the couch. Her handbag was found on October 28 by the edge of a cliff near Bondi beach. Her family confirmed that she had been depressed during her time in Australia but they do not believe she would take her own life. Police state “A woman matching the description of missing British tourist Melody O’Gara was spotted by an elderly man on a cliff top in Sydney’s eastern suburbs” around the time Melody was last seen. The man said he saw her sitting at the edge of the cliff, alone. Police believe that Melody committed suicide.

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Miasto ‘44 (City '44) by Jan Komasa, 2014

Photos: Ola Grochowska (AKSON STUDIO)

A beautiful story about youth, love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the Warsaw Uprising.

The Warsaw Uprising  was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The Uprising was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.

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heisenbergisking-deactivated201  asked:

Could you do some stuff on the Battle of Britain?

A Royal Observer Corps spotter scans the skies of London

Formation of low-flying bombers Heinkel He 111 over the English Channel

A still from camera gun film shows tracer ammunition from a Supermarine Spitfire Mark I of No. 609 Squadron RAF, flown by Flight Lieutenant J H G McArthur, hitting a Heinkel He 111 on its starboard quarter. These aircraft were part of a large formation from KG 53 and KG 55 which attacked the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s works at Filton, Bristol, just before midday on 25 September 1940. No. 609 Squadron were based at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

Battle of Britain:  a fiery London wall collapsing


“Children of an eastern suburb of London, who have been made homeless
by the random bombs of the Nazi night raiders, waiting outside the wreckage
of what was their home.” September 1940.

The London Underground as an air raid shelter


Part Of Battle Of Britain Memorial

The RAF “Battle of Britain” Bristol Blenheim Mk I night fighter

A hug

http://www.battle-of-britain.org/index.htm

   LAST SONG OF A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE 

DRUGGED, drunk and distraught, Michael Hutchence scribbled his final lyrics before taking his own life in a plush Sydney hotel.

                   The lost last song of a music legend, found screwed up and thrown away in the bathroom bin of the INXS frontman’s room at the Ritz-Carlton, has been revealed by former detective Inspectors Mark Smith and Michael Gerondis, the officers who led the investigation into his death.

                   More than 16 years after the rock ‘n’ roll suicide, they have described for the first time the scene inside Hutchence’s room, providing an intimate glimpse into the star’s anguished state of mind.

                  With dark nicotine stains on his fingers and a months-old cigarette burn so deep it exposed the bone. Hutchence’s corpse showed the signs of a man bent on destruction.

                   “The cigarette (burn) went right through his fingers and it was sort of infected,” Mr Gerondis said.

                   There were signs of a desperate attempt to score drugs.  When that failed, Hutchence had rifled through the rubbish bin where the song was later found for any dregs of cocaine.

                  “He was trying to get some cocaine but he did not get it, so he was going through the remnants of the bin,” Mr Gerondis said.

                   The detectives found the bath filled as if Hutchence had been preparing to have a soak before he hanged himself with a belt.”

                   It was a maid that found Hutchence’s body at the Double Bay hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, at 11.50am on Saturday, November 22, 1997. 

                   “the maid could not get in because he was behind the door and, as she pushed the door, the belt snapped and he fell down. “ Mr Gerondis said.

                   Coroner Derrick Hand determined that a depressed and drug-affected Hutchence had taken his own life, upset over a battle for custody of his girlfriend Paula Yates’ children, which was opposed by her former husband, singer Bob Geldof. The result meant his daughter to Yates, 16-month-old Tiger Lily, could not come to Australia from the UK to visit him for Christmas.

                   But Yates never accepted the coroner’s suicide finding, insisting that his death by hanging was an autoerotic sex game gone wrong.

                   In front of shocked diners at a Double Bay restaurant, yates recounted to the detectives in graphic detail the sex games she would play with Hutchence in which he would strangle her during sex. 

                   “She was shouting at us, everyone was listening in and I thought, ‘How embarrassing is this?’,” Mr Gerondis said.

                   Mr Smith said nothing would convince Yates that Hutchence had taken his own life. “She was just adamant that she wanted her child growing up believing that it was an accidental death by auto-eroticism, instead of the fact he killed himself because he wanted to see his child,” he said.

                   The detectives dismissed Yate’s version, believing it was a fight with Geldof on the phone, after actor Kym Wilson and her then boyfriend Andrew Rayment had left his room, which tipped him over the edge.

                   “The argument with Geldof, the bit of drugs, nothing worked for him that night,” Mr Gerondis said.

                   “And he rang (his agent) and said, ‘I have had enough’.”

                   The detectives told how a grieving Yates went “berserk” when she arrived in Sydney following Hutchence’s death.

                   “She drank a bottle of vodka at the Quay West apartments,” Mr Gerondis said. “it was a circus getting her in and out. We could not talk to her for a while because she was so upset.

                   “We took her out to the airport when she left and she left the child in the VIP lounge – I had to carry her out to the plane.” 

                   While the international media camped outside the Ritz-Carlton and Rose Bay police station for days, Hutchence’s family was pressuring police to hand over his goods, collected from the hotel, including the half-finished song. All those items went to the executor of his will, a Hong Kong accountant. It is unknown what happened to the song but Hutchence’s family, including his late mother Patricia Glassop, received no money from his estate.

                   For the detectives, Hutchence’s death was not the sordid downfall of a rock star but just another investigation into a suicide.

                  “It’s no more tragic because he was a public figure than some poor person that is having custody issues,” Mr Gerondis said.

                   Yates died of a heroin overdose in 2000, leaving Geldof custody of Tiger Lily. (Sarah Crawford and Mark Morri)

                   Hutchence begged Meldrum to intervene  Music guru Molly Meldrum says INXS singer Michael Hutchence begged him to intervene in a custody battle so the rocker could be reunited with daughter Tiger Lily. Meldrum said Hutchence and his lover, Paula Yates, pleaded for Molly to call Yates’ ex-husband Sir Bob Geldof to convince him to let Yates’ four children, including Tiger, to travel to Australia. Molly said he is still haunted by their desperate request. Geldof and Yates, who had three children together, were locked in a custody dispute after Hutchence and Yates were busted as lovers in 1994. Three years later, as INXS prepared for a homecoming tour, Meldrum was staying at the same Los Angeles hotel as Hutchence and Yates. “They pulled me aside and asked if I could ring Bob Geldof and try to convince him to let the girls come out to Australia,” Meldrum said. “Michaelw as my friend and I knew Paula.”  Molly grappled with their plea on the flight back to Australia, and decided: “I can’t do it. I couldn’t do it. Bob and I were mates, too. Bob can be very cranky.”  A few weeks later, on November 22, 1997, Hutchence was found dead in a Sydney hotel room. According to the coroner’s report, Hutchence called Geldof twice in the early hours of that morning, begging Sir Bob to let Yates bring her children to Australia.  Molly said: “It still haunts me. I think: What if I had made that phone call?”  Meldrum also regrets criticising INXS’ live 1991 album, Live Baby Live. The incident, in which Molly questioned the band’s live credentials, is revisited on the INXS biopic INXS NEVER TEAR US APART.  (Nui te Koha)