A Scottish factory worker, showing off her tattoos in July of 1917. On her right arm are the emblems of her sweetheart’s Royal Navy warship. On her left arm are the names of her friends who had died, sweeping for mines in the North Sea. World War I had been raging for three years at this point.
Happy 100 years of independence to us, I guess. Poland was wiped from world’s maps for 123 years and reclaimed in 1918, on November 11th. You may also realize why we were pretty unhappy with ww2 nazi invasion and soviet occupation which happened quite shortly after. Rough, rough time. Our nation is pretty grumpy. Freedom means a little more to us as our parents and grandparents were in prison, family killed off etc.
So, obviously, our nation tries to celebrate. But to most of Poles this is also… ehh. Scary day. Specially if you live in a big city.
This is the only country where you’re afraid to go outside on Independence Day, because you know somebody from extreme far-right will punch you in the face. Mind you, I don’t mind conservatists or liberals alike. I dislike the extremists idiots who call themselves patriots as excuse to beat up gay people, anyone who isn’t Polish (especially Ukrainians, lately) or just because you look ugly to them.
O let me paste some adorable photos from our yearly independence day parades
“death to enemies of homeland”
Such pleasant patriots loving their country :)
bullshit they don’t care about the celebration, they just want to rage, yell and burn stuff. Problem is there’s 60.000 of them in one place and it’s legal enough. Today I just worry it might get super bad cause it’s “100″ years ;’D staying home.
Every country has idiots like that, America is “enjoying” their idiots slowly getting as rowdy as ours ;’D good luck, murica. We’ve been there for years. Those guys are impossible to get rid of. Yay!
Edit: perhaps it wasn’t so bad this year, good for us
👌 If you want to call each other faggots and attack others in the comments feel free to, I bet your e-cock is yuge when you do.
Why Do People Put Locks On Bridges To Declare Their Love?
The first “love locks” bridge was not in Paris, which has the most famous example, but in Serbia! Specifically in a town called Vrnjačka Banja. Shortly before the World War I, a young man and woman fell in love in Vrnjačka Banja. They would meet every night at the Most Ljubavi bridge. But the man went into the military, and while abroad, he met and fell in love with someone else. The young woman died of heartbreak, or so the story goes. Superstitious local women began going to the bridge, writing the names of themselves and their lovers on padlocks, and locking them to the bridge, in the hope that it would bind their paramours to home.
The tradition was slowly forgotten after World War I. Until a Serbian poet, Desanka Maksimović, heard the story and wrote a poem about it. The tradition was revived but only in Vrnjačka Banja.
So how did love lock bridges become a worldwide phenomenon? It probably comes from a single Italian writer named Federico Moccia. He wrote a book, published in 2006, called I Want You. It featured a couple who put a love lock on a lamp post on Rome’s 2100-year-old Ponte Milvio bridge. The book took off, and a movie was made, and the rest as they say is history!
Paul McCartney’s music video for “Pipes of Peace” (1983) depicts a real-life event: the spontaneous 1914 Christmas truce between German and British troops. Paul plays both a British and a German soldier, who shake hands and exchange photos of their girlfriends as the other men play football and share drinks. Then a shell explodes, and everyone hurries back to their trenches; there, the two soldiers realize they still have each other’s photos.
I’ve always loved the video, and the song. All through my childhood, Paul had wonderful Christmas hits: “We All Stand Together”, “Once Upon a Long Ago”, “Pipes of Peace”. I was a kid, and could have been exposed to a worse thing.