Choices: Matty reflects on his addictions and what let up to his girlfriend leaving him. (Drabble)
The City: Matty relapses and has to face the repercussions for his actions. (Drabble)
Faintstar: Matty promises to do better in regards to his addictions but after a rough night, he goes on stage and collapses after overdosing on his medications.
Milk: Matty cannot seem to grasp onto reality after finding out that his girlfriend was cheating on him.
Nectar Part 1: AU where Matty is a Jewish business man in Germany during world war 2 and the reader is a German girl who’s family is allowing him to live with them before everything breaks out.
The Start: You are struggling to adjust to your new school. You finally have a small break down at lunch and Matty decides to befriend you.
Waverly Hills Part 1: Matty had tuberculosis during the 1900′s and you are a nurse at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium where he is placed.
Wavery Hills Part 2: Read above for description.
Crestfallen: The reader has an Eating Disorder and Matty blames himself for her death.
Somebody Else:Matty is literally fucking crazy after he comes home from tour due to him not taking his medications, causing the reader to break up with him. (THIS IS REALLY DARK SO YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)
Sick: Matty is just really sick and you comfort him.
Broken: Matty chooses his addictions over the reader.
Complacent: Matty just wants to lay in bed with you.
Vega 1.0: The reader reminisces about Matty and how he viewed life. (Mini Series)
Something I just learned at a fair housing talk: during world war 2, Latino families were recruited to work in Portland and across Oregon for low wages. But the plan never included allowing families to stay - so after the war, nearly one million Latino people (approximately half of whom were actually US citizens) were swept up in school buses and deported indiscriminately and violently. Fast forward to today: due to rapid gentrification in Portland, Cully and Lentz quickly became the only affordable neighborhoods for Latinos, and roots were put down (after they were pushed out of n/ne). Now the Cully and Lentz neighborhoods are the most quickly gentrifying areas in Portland, and Latinos are being pushed out AGAIN. If you want to support local Latino people, consider donating to Latino Network! They are supporting the community, and advocating for fair housing. #fairhousing #housingisahumanright #racismsucks #solidarity
Hannah Szenes (1921-1944) was a Jewish Hungarian resistance fighter who was parachuted behind German lines in World War 2.
The child of a Jewish family in Hungary, Szenes showed a talent for writing from a young age. She was accepted into a Protestant private school, however in spite of a ‘gifted student’ discount she still had to pay double the regular fees because she was Jewish. Combined with her awareness of the worsening situation for Jews in Hungary, this led her to join Maccabea, a Hungarian Zionist youth movement.
In 1939 Szenes traveled to the British Mandate of Palestine where she studied agriculture and wrote poetry and plays about Kibbutz life. In 1941 she joined the Jewish paramilitary force Haganah and in 1943 volunteered to join the British Special Operations Executive to train as a paratrooper. After training in Egypt she was selected to take part in an operation to infiltrate German-occupied Europe and establish links with beleaguered Jewish communities.
On March 14th 1944 Szenes was parachuted into Yugoslavia along with two men, Yoel Palgi and Peretz Goldstein. Their mission was to enter Hungary and help save Hungarian Jews from being deported to the Auschwitzconcentration camp. The team spent 3 months working with Yugoslavian partisans, during which they discovered that Hungary had been forcibly occupied by German forces in retaliation for attempting to surrender to the Allies. Faced with this new information Palgi and Goldstein decided to call off the mission. Szenes disagreed and pressed on to the Hungarian border alone, however not long after crossing she was arrested by Hungarian police.
Szenes was imprisoned and suffered a brutal interrogation by police who wanted to know the code for the radio transmitter she used to communicate with the partisans and the British. She was stripped, tied to a chair, and whipped and clubbed for 3 days. She lost several of her teeth. Yet she refused to surrender the code and so she was transferred to a Budapest prison where she continued to be tortured. Frustrated that she wouldn’t break, the guards brought in her mother, who she had not seen for 5 years, and threatened her life. Despite this Szenes still refused to give up the code and eventually her mother was released.
Szenes spent the next three months in prison but was not idle. She communicated with other prisoners using a mirror to flash signals and used large cut-out letters to spell out messages in Hebrew. She often sang to keep up the spirits of the other prisoners. However in late October she was tried for treason and on November 7th 1944 she was executed by a German firing squad.
Following the end of the war, Szenes became widely known when her diary, poetry and plays were published. She was recognised as a national heroine of Israel and in 1950 her remains were reburied in the military cemetery on Mt Herzl in Jersualem.
One of the final entries in her diary contained a poem reading:
This is something that almost nobody, it seems, is capable of, on Social Media. My “Yahoo News” headlines today, had a story about Piers Morgan, a well-known Professional Ass, in England. He decided to troll Ariana Grande. Now, I didn’t even know who she was, until the terror attack at her concert in Manchester. But in the course of reading news stories about that vile tragedy, I got the impression that she is (as pop stars go) a very sweet, decent one who treats her fans well, and is not particularly sluttish.
So, what did Morgan find to criticise? The fact that she “didn’t stick around to ‘comfort’ her fans in the hospital, but ‘ran away’ back to the US.” Well, it’s clear to me that the poor girl was driven into a classic No-Win-On-The-Internet situation, forced on her by events entirely outside her control. Because, the mindset of the average TROLL like Morgan, is that Other People Can Do No Right.
So, we can easily infer that if Ms. Grande had stuck around, and made some visits to hospitals to comfort her injured fans, the Trollish torch-and-pitchfork set (no doubt led by Morgan) would have come out in droves, to attack her for “using injured victims to self-promote and try to make herself look good”. If you read the news, and if you read those “comment sections” at the bottom of online news articles, you know that’s exactly the line of attack Morgan and his ilk would have taken.
But Ms. Grande did not thrust herself (a stranger, after all, not a friend, not a family member) into the midst of others’ tragedy, their extremity. She had the good taste (a concept now almost as extinct as the dodo) to not put injured people, or their grieving kindred, in the position of having to figure out how to also interact with a Famous Person Who Doesn’t Even Know Them. So, for giving people their privacy, for not interjecting herself into the midst of others’ distress, she has been damned as being, somehow, selfish.
Morgan also, absurdly, compared Ms. Grande’s decision to fly home, with the decision of Queen Elizabeth, to go and offer Official Comfort. The absurdity of comparing those two, is almost too egregious to even require comment. But, what the heck, it’s the Internet, so I will. “Comforting the Nation” is the Queen’s JOB. It’s pretty much her only job. It’s the main thing the nation pays her to do. She’s been doing it (like her father before her) since at least World War 2. If there is any non-family member that the average British person will perceive as “practically family” and be okay with having turn up at their bedside, it’s QE2, who is by now, Everybody’s Wonderful Old Great-Granny.
There are plenty of other points that can be made, about Piers Morgan leading the Charge of Trolls. For instance: how does he know that she was not, in fact, advised to leave the UK as quickly as possible, by law enforcement and anti-terror experts? They may have been justifiably concerned that she was the actual target. They may have felt that having to assign security to protect a foreign celebrity, would be a waste of valuable resources, much better used in making a (belated) effort to track down and neutralise others planning similar attacks. They may have felt that if she was the target, anywhere else she went in the country (including, dreadful as it is to think, hospitals) would be put at even higher risk. I’m sure that anti-terror decision makers don’t run their ideas past Piers Morgan to first get his viewpoint.
And after all, how does Morgan know that Ms. Grande herself was not suffering from PTSD? “Survivor’s remorse” is real, and can be emotionally devastating. If she feels convinced that this attack was actually meant for herself (or even, was inspired by her show in some way), she must be grief-stricken at the thought that it actually harmed so many innocent bystanders - but not herself. Grief of that sort takes time to process.
Just one more thing. A couple days ago, when there was an announcement that Ms. Grande is now planning to put on a fundraising concert to help the victims, my mouse inadvertently hovered over that sidebar, and brought up a random comment by one of the rank-and-file trolls. That guy (anonymous, naturally) was moved to verbally attack the girl, for “wanting to make her fans pay to help the victims” instead of “paying for them herself”. See what idiots these people are? In the first place, she can’t possibly be rich enough to meet all the needs that all the injured, the permanently disabled, the orphaned, and the widowed, have now, and will have in future. But a benefit concert done right (say, as live-feed, to encourage donations worldwide), can bring in far more than she could provide as a single person.
But for a troll sitting in his little darkened room, arousing himself by the repetitive, wanking act of spewing hate, nobody but himself ever does anything right, ever can do right. The whole world is wrong, but him. Ah well. We can’t get rid of them all, but maybe the UK will finally feel it’s had enough of Piers Morgan, and bury him, forthwith, in oblivion.
Holocaust remembrance day is on April 15th. Please take a moment of silence at some point of your day to remember all those that lost their lives during that tragic time period that schools don’t talk about as much as they use to.
I’m a grandchild of two Auschwitz survivors. This is personal, please remember my family.
An illustration from last year I neglected to post because I didn’t like the final result very much. It’s based on a family story from the war, when my great-grandmother successfully negotiated with a Japanese officer so the military wouldn’t seize all their assets.
We begin by finding out that Fred is running his subsection again, this time at the horse lines where is getting to spend time with Silver Heels. We also learn that his friend Gord, whom Fred describes with great esteem, has been sent back to Canada on “blighty”. Fred mentions many other good friends in this letter, including a visit with “Perc. Tees” who appears to have lived in residence with Fred during their university days.
Fred also responds to letters from Edith describing her time visiting his family, including a report on “Bill”, likely meaning Fred’s young nephew who he had yet to meet. There is also a reference to Edith being the first to tell Fred about “Jennie’s happiness,” which in coming letters we learn is a new addition to Fred’s sister Jennie’s family. More to follow in early July!
Pictured above is the Norwegian prime minister during world war 2, Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling. In 1940, after the German invasion he wished to be the prime minister, and hence he is the first in history to have tried a coupe d’etat over radio. This didn’t go very well, as the Germans didn’t support him at the time. He came back in 1942, supported by the Germans and got the title of minister-president, a title he shared with the german administrator of the occupied Norway.
After the war, in 1945, Quisling, along with two other Nazi-sympathizers that were vital to the german regime were sentenced to death by firing squad. He was found guilty of treason.
The documents pictured above are the documents from his trial, these include witness-statements, the state prosecutor’s lecture etc. These were only printed in a small circulation of 30-40 prints.
On 6 June 1838 Thomas Glover was born in Fraserburgh.
For the first six years of his life Glover lived at number 15 Commerce Street in Fraserburgh. His father was the chief coastguard in Fraserburgh, he was English and his mother was A Scot from Fordyce, Banffshire. His father was formerly an Officer in the Royal Navy. Thomas Blake Glover had 6 brothers and a sister. The house no longer remains because it was destroyed after a bombing by the German Luftwaffe Air Force during World War 2.
In 1851 the family moved to a Victorian Home in Bridge of Don in Aberdeen. Upon leaving school Thomas Blake Glover started work for a trading company and was soon travelling the World, becoming a successful trader in weapons and ships. His travels took him to Japan with one of his brothers when they both worked for the tea merchant Jardine, Matheson & Co. during the late 1850s and early 1860s.
During his time in Japan Thomas Glover achieved a great deal. He helped the Samurai to overthrow their military leader, the Shogun. This action helped to restore The Emperor to his throne. This earned Glover the nicknames The Broch Samurai and The Scottish Samurai.
Thomas Glover was also a key part in the industrialisation of Japan. After commissioning three warships to be built at Aberdeen shipyards (including the Jho Sho Maru which was their first iron-clad warship) for the Japanese Navy he formed his own shipbuilding company. This developed into the company Mitsubishi after his bankruptcy in 1870. He remained in the company as a Consultant. He also introduced the first trains to Japan and the first mechanised coal mine. He owned the Takashima Coal Mine and helped found the Kirin Beer Company.
Along with other foreign residents they built and funded the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at the Minami Yamate hillside in 1862.
While living in Nagasaki in 1863 he built a house on the Minami Yamate hillside which overlooks Nagasaki Harbour. This still remains as the oldest Western style building in Japan. Over 2 million people visit it each year. It is known as Glover House and boasts a stunning garden. It is Japan’s top tourist attraction.
Plans were announced last year for the Aberdeen family home of the Glovers to be turned into a £2m research hub, if this happens it could turn Aberdeen into a mecca for curious Japanese visitors.