Thursday, August 22, 2013


n. The sense that the future is arriving ahead of schedule, that all those years with fantastical names like '2013' are bursting from their hypothetical cages into the arena of the present, furiously bucking the grip of your expectations while you lean and slip in your saddle, one hand reaching for reins, the other waving up high like a schoolkid who finally knows the answer to the question.

via The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. I am beginning to believe that every sorrow I feel, though it cannot be quantified, has a name.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ninety-nine years ago today, following the German invasion of Belgium, Britain declared war on Germany. This photograph shows recruits lining up outside the Whitehall Recruiting Office in London that same day.

Photograph source and copyright (as always): Imperial War Museum.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ninety nine years ago today Germany and Russia declared war on each other. This photo shows a Berlin crowd listening as a German officer reads the Kaiser's order for mobilisation on 1 August, 1914.

Photograph source and copyright: Imperial War Museum.