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  • 0537 From Prince of Wales: One enemy battleship distant 17 miles.
  • 0544 From Hood: One enemy battleship distant 14 miles.
  • 0552 From Bismarck: Am engaging two heavy units.
  • 0615 From Norfolk: Hood blown up...
  • 0624 From Prince of Wales to Norfolk: Hood is sunk. My bridge is out of action. Y turret out of action temporarily. Otherwise damage appears superficial. Will confirm.
  • 0632 From Bismarck: Battlecruiser, probably Hood, sunk. Another battleship King George or Renown damaged and turned off. Two heavy cruisers maintaining contact.
  • 0637 Norfolk to Destroyers in company: Hood sunk. Proceed to search for survivors.
  • 0905 From Electra: Intend landing the three survivors from Hood at Reykjavik.

Charge of the Welsh Division at Mametz Wood, 11 July 1916 (99 years ago today) by Christopher Williams c. 1918.

“The 38th (Welsh) Division drive back the German army, trampling over the livid corpses of soldiers in their frenzy. Christopher Williams’s close up and nightmareish depiction of desperate and chaotic hand-to-hand combat recreates one of the most controversial offensives of the Battle of the Somme – the Capture of Mametz Wood.

Approaching the mile-long woodland across an open hillside, the Welsh battalions – mostly members of Kitchener’s new volunteer Army - walked straight into the machine gun fire of the professional German soldiers entrenched on the perimeter. During an intense five-day battle, 4,000 soldiers of the 38th Division were killed or wounded. The Division did not return to major action for over a year.

Williams, a pacifist, was not an official war artist, but was given the commission for this painting by the Secretary of State for War (later Prime Minister) David Lloyd George, who called him ‘one of the most gifted of all Welsh artists.’ The completed work hung for a while at no. 10 Downing Street. He was given permission to visit the battle site, where he made preparatory sketches and got soldiers who had taken part in the action to pose for him. (He was also briefly arrested, having been mistaken for a German spy).

This huge and graphic painting, which leaves little to the imagination, greatly shocked the public who first saw it on display.”

This Is Going to Be About Heroes

Enough of the educators who were at ALAN/ NCTE ‘16 have asked me for the transcript of my keynote there that I’ve finally decided to post it. Here it is, give or take.


This is going to be about heroes.

I’m going to tell you three stories about heroes and bravery, and then I’m going to tell you how all three of those stories could be told differently.

Nowadays, I find myself a professional storyteller. A maker of heroes. I spend my days putting swords in stones, monsters under beds, ghosts in attics. I have learned that often the difference between a hero and a villain is merely the narrator I choose for the lens of the story. I have learned, too, that the difference between a horror and a romance is sometimes as simple as where I choose to begin the story. A tragedy and a comedy can convey the same events — the difference is in how you tell them.

I’ve also learned that this isn’t just true of the stories I write. It’s true in the story I’m living. The first hero I ever built was myself.

So. These three stories. I’m sharing these three stories about heroes because I want to talk about how the most important stories we tell are the ones we tell about ourselves. Those who have the power and wherewithal to change the narrative of the events around them are the ones who will change the future. Those who have the guts to say “that’s not my version of events” when they hear someone else telling their story are the ones who get to own their own story.

Here is story number one: I drove down to NCTE from my home in Virginia on Saturday. It was supposed to be about a seven and a half hour drive but it turned into a ten hour trip because of Atlanta traffic. Because of my car’s tiny gas tank, I ended up stopping for gas three times. Each time I pulled into a station, a thing happened, the same thing that’s been happening every time I park my car in a public place for the past month. I’ll get out of my car and swipe my card at the pump, feeling like there are eyes on me. I plug in my zip code and put the fuel nozzle in the car, and as I do, I’ll see that the eyes are attached to a motorist or a pedestrian who has paused to stare at me. By the time the tank is full and I’ve gotten my receipt, I’ll discover that they’ve made their way over to me. The conversation goes pretty much the same way every time.

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anonymous asked:

In 8 years of Kate dating William we had only uncle Garry scandal, in 6 months we had so much with her family that I have lost count. Imagine if they get married, it will be like Diana and Charles back in the day, leaking stories all over the place to fit the wanted narrative.

*sigh* yeah I’ve been getting a lot of War of the Wales 2.0 comments, I didn’t see that happening but a lot of people seem to think of it as such. Thanks anon