This tweet is by British World War II veteran Harry Leslie Smith.
This August 2018 video says about itself:
Movie in theatre 5 September 2018.
By Joanne Laurier at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, 1 October 2018:
Irish writer-director Lance Daly’s Black 47 is set during the Great Famine that ravaged Ireland in the late 1840s (the title refers to 1847, a particularly devastating and deadly year).
Australian actor James Frecheville plays an Irish deserter from the British army, Martin Denny, who returns to his homeland to discover that his mother has died of starvation and his brother was hanged by the British.
Witnessing the horrors afflicting the population, Denny, a highly skilled killing machine, embarks on a mission to avenge his family. In response, the British occupiers send a posse to kill Denny, led by Hannah (Hugo Weaving), one of Denny’s disgraced former army comrades. The convoy also includes the cruel, resolute English officer, Pope (Freddie Fox), as well as a young private, Hobson (Barry Keoghan), who becomes deeply affected by the suffering of the Irish people. Along the way, the trio pick up a devious local translator, Conneely (Stephen Rea)—“Maybe people would place more value on beauty if they could eat it.”
The landscape is a mass of blight, disease and starvation, with the British army doing its best to impose a death sentence on the population. A showdown between Denny and his trackers culminates on the property of Lord Kilmichael (Jim Broadbent), who is hoarding large quantities of grain to ship to England, even as famished throngs bang on the gates of his lavish estate.
Black 47 is a well-executed film, though it tends to divide the world into “good guys” and “bad guys”, like a stereotypical cowboy movie or a mere revenge thriller.
According to BBC History: “Altogether, about a million people in Ireland are reliably estimated to have died of starvation and epidemic disease between 1846 and 1851, and some two million emigrated in a period of a little more than a decade (1845-55). Comparison with other modern and contemporary famines establishes beyond any doubt that the Irish famine of the late 1840s, which killed nearly one-eighth of the entire population, was proportionally much more destructive of human life than the vast majority of famines in modern times.”
Teeth offer vital clues about diet during the Great Irish Famine: here.
This April 2018 video says about itself:
Bear size comparison | Extant and extinct species
Bears come in different shapes and sizes, and they differ in comparison to other predators and even amongst the bear family itself. This bear size comparison video will show the height and weight of extant and extinct bear species. Starting from the smallest bears ever, the sun bear and the dwarf panda; yes, pandas are also bears… LA DI DA, now you know!
There are also extinct bears which are not so large in size and others that dwarf even the polar bear in size. These are the largest bear species ever to exist. Although right now the largest bear species is the frikkin polar bear, roarrrr!
This music video, with English subtitles, from France shows Charles Aznavour singing La bohème. It is about poverty among artists in Montmartre, Paris.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
French singer Charles Aznavour has died. He was 94 years old. That reported his spokesperson to the French news agency AFP. The singer died in his home in the Southern France Alpilles region.
Aznavour was seen as one of France’s greatest singers. He wrote more than 1400 songs, which were also performed by others. Aznavour kept performing also in old age. His last concert in the Netherlands was in Amsterdam last March.
On 17 September 2018, his last concert was in Tokyo, Japan.
Aznavour was born in Paris on May 22, 1924, as Sahnour Aznavourian. His parents were Armenian immigrants. He sang in six different languages and sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He also played in about sixty movies.
Well-known Aznavour songs are She, For me formidable, La mamma, Hier encore and La Bohème.
At 93-years-old he got a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Upon revealing, he said, “I’m French and Armenian, the two of them are connected like coffee and milk. It’s great to carry two cultures with you.”
French-Armenian Charles Aznavour, who has died aged 94, was the last of the great post-war chanson singer-songwriters. He leaves a legacy of some 1,200 songs, innumerable recordings and some notable film appearances: here.
This video from Germany says about itself:
Chemnitz: Tens of thousands attend concert against racism | DW English
4 September 2018
Monday’s concert against racism attracted an estimated 65,000 people.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
A seventh suspect has already been arrested two weeks ago.
The police arrived at houses and other buildings in several places in Saxony and Bavaria states this morning. It is not clear whether things have been confiscated. The group is said to have been busily ordering semi-automatic weapons.
According to the German justice department, the seven suspects are prominent in the neonazi scene in the Chemnitz region. They are said to have attacked immigrants in Chemnitz two weeks ago together with other right-wing extremists. These attacks injured someone.
See also here.