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89-year-old Charlotte Despard speaks to an anti-fascist rally, Trafalgar Square, London, June 1933.

Charlotte Despard seems like she was a really cool lady. She was an anti-capitalist advocate for animal liberation, direct action, and Irish independence. She and Maude Gonne (an Irish nationalist) worked together to create the Women’s Prisoner’s Defence League, which helped support political prisoners such as Irish republicans. Despard was politically active well into her nineties (she died when she was ninety-five), and spoke at several anti-fascist rallies, like the one in the picture.

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Grendel, I just wanted you to know. You are amazing and you always make me chuckle. While teaching me something :p

Asked by theboogiebook

Aww. Thank you friend!

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i just learned that british photographer harry pointer made a lot of captioned photographs of cats in various situations in the late 19th century



look at this

the lolcat is over a century old


apparently humanity is only capable of making the same jokes over and over

those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

In Grendel’s younger internet-faring days, she was known to frequent this page.

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Because I reached 1300+ follows on askthediabolikbrothers, I figured I could do a follow forever. I hope I did this right!

Bolded = favourites
Italicized = friends

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akuichansera| beautiful-and-so-blase | blotsofthoughts | dirtydiabolikloversconfessions

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fairysharkmother | hungryloser | horriblefictionalreality

K - P

kougamih | panlight | psychic-lady-ceri

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sixpenceee | suckitchumps | wtfhistory | xxlacie

Thank you, lovie!

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An addendum to my post about the panel not being a door, because every second person who reblogged it felt like replying or tagging with “but Jack could fit!”


I love it.

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A quick look at: the gladiators of Rome

I turned in to the games one mid-day hoping for a little wit and humor there. I was bitterly disappointed. It was really mere butchery. […] Then men were thrown to lions and to bears: but at midday to the audience. There was no escape for them. The slayer was kept fighting until he could be slain. “Kill him! Flog him! Burn him alive” was the cry: “Why is he such a coward? Why won’t he rush on the steel? Why does he fall so meekly? Why won’t he die willingly?" (Via the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook).

The above passage is given by Roman historian Seneca (Epistles 7), offering us a vivid (albeit, aristocratic) eyewitness account of gladiatorial games in the age of Nero. A unique product of Rome and Italy, the sensation of gladiators has become one of the most famous aspects of Roman society, and epitomizes the Roman taste for blood sports. 

There never seemed to have been a shortage of willing participants in Rome for this grim life. Candidates were originally found among captives and slaves, those with nothing to lose. However, as the popularity of the sport continued to grow, so did the need for other avenues of supply. During the empire, noblemen were sent by emperors into the arena for committing crimes. Freedmen and imperial citizens came to enter the auctorati, a class of people who sold themselves to gladiator schools. The auctorati gave an oath of service, by which they agreed to submit to burning, beating, and death if they didn’t perform the tasks required of them as gladiators. As we may imagine, it took a truly desperate man to enter into such a grim life of combat and death, a measure that was prompted in times of economic or political hardship. This was a way to escape debtors for those in poverty.

Shown at the top of the post are a series of Roman mosaics depicting gladiatorial scenes. The first is from the Villa Borghese, and on view at the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Note the names of the gladiators inscribed next to the figures, and the Θ symbol (it seems likely here that it is the Greek letter Θ for θάνατος, 'dead'), which marks those who have died in combat. The second mosaic is from Römerhalle in Germany, and the remaining mosaics are from the Roman villa in Nennig, Germany.

The first image is via the Wiki Commons, and the rest are courtesy of & taken by Carole Raddato.

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A young “Miss Maggie” Walker, the daughter of a former slave, who in 1903 became the first woman of any race to found and become president of an American bank. She also founded a newspaper and a department store called “Saint Luke’s Emporium.”

Courtesy of the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site

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Hey darlings!

Your lovely Grendel has a new Youtube setup. I’m partnering with this group called School! who are kiiiinda like an educational TV station… just on Youtube. And I’m one of the shows!

Check out the first mirror and get a little WTFflashback right HERE.

And let Grendel know what you think of it al!

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Empresses of Russia:

1) Catherine II (the great)

2) Marie Feodorovna 

3) Elizaveta Alexeevna

4) Alexandra Feodorovna

5) Marie Alexandrovna

6) Marie Feodorovna

7) Alexandra Feodorovna 

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Don’t befriend writers unless you want texts like this at 4:17 in the morning.

You think that’s bad, you should see History students.

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The Roaring Twenties is a term sometimes used to refer to the 1920s in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, characterizing the decade’s distinctive cultural edge in New York City, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, London, Los Angeles and many other major cities during a period of sustained economic prosperity. French speakers called it the “années folles" ("Crazy Years"), emphasizing the era’s social, artistic, and cultural dynamism.

Normalcy returned to politics in the wake of hyper-emotional patriotism after World War I, jazz music blossomed, the flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked. Economically, the era saw the large-scale diffusion and use of automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, and electricity, unprecedented industrial growth, accelerated consumer demand and aspirations, and significant changes in lifestyle and culture. The media focused on celebrities, especially sports heroes and movie stars, as cities rooted for their home team and filled the new palatial cinemas and gigantic stadiums. In most major countries women won the right to vote for the first time. Finally the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression set in, bringing years of worldwide gloom and hardship.

The social and cultural features known as the Roaring Twenties began in leading metropolitan centers, especially Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Paris and London, then spread widely in the aftermath of World War I. The United States gained dominance in world finance. Thus when Germany could no longer afford war reparations to Britain, France and other Allies, the Americans came up with the Dawes Plan and Wall Street invested heavily in Germany, which repaid its reparations to nations that in turn used the dollars to pay off their war debts to Washington. By the middle of the decade, prosperity was widespread, with the second half of the decade later becoming known as the “Golden Twenties”.

The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of discontinuity associated with modernity and a break with traditions. Everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology. New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures and radio proliferated “modernity” to a large part of the population. Formal decorative frills were shed in favor of practicality in both daily life and architecture. At the same time, jazz and dancing rose in popularity, in opposition to the mood of the specter of World War I. As such, the period is also often referred to as the Jazz Age. [1] [2]


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Time Slice by Richard Silver

The idea behind the “Time Sliced” Project was to photograph iconic world buildings at sunset and capture the changing light from day to night in a single image. Experimenting with a few different kinds of processes I came up with the “Sliced” idea. I decided to Slice time and light showing the progression of the day from left to right.

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white people are responsible for every foul deed ever done. White people are the devil and people of color literally did nothing wrong EVER.

"people are talking about the side of history I wasn’t taught in school and it makes me uncomfortable to be presented with facts"


White people were the originators of everything, everyone else was inferior, Black people were only slaves

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In bed with a dragon: conception of Alexander by Nectanebus and Olympias, watched by Philip II (British Library, Burney 169, 1468-1475)

Wow the new 50 Shade of Gray movie looks great.

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Before Rockwell, a Gay Artist Defined the Perfect American Male

As a queer lady, i tell you that if more men looked more like this I’d be in a wider dating pool.