The Harmless Musician Type

The Harmless Musician Type

My name is Matthew. I live in Lancashire, England. I have a degree in History from the University of Liverpool. I like photography, music and french bread. I am 24 years young and ageing. All my creative attempts are collected here.

~ Bon temps
breakingnews:

US House authorizes GOP-lead lawsuit against Obama
NBC News: The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for his use of executive actions.
The legislation, which no Democrats voted for, accuses President Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority by changing how the health care bill was implemented. The measure does not require Senate approval.
Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: In a strict party-line 225-201 vote, the U.S. house passed a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP File)



American politics is petty as hell

breakingnews:

US House authorizes GOP-lead lawsuit against Obama

NBC News: The U.S. House voted on Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for his use of executive actions.

The legislation, which no Democrats voted for, accuses President Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority by changing how the health care bill was implemented. The measure does not require Senate approval.

Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: In a strict party-line 225-201 vote, the U.S. house passed a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP File)

American politics is petty as hell

historicalfirearms:

The Crowds Gather: The Reaction to War

The photographs above depict the crowds which gathered in the major cities of Europe as war was declared across the continent.  With the ink on declarations of war still drying jubilant crowds took to the streets fired by patriotic fervour to celebrate the beginning of what they believed would be a short, sharp war. 

On 1st August 1914, German army officers took to the streets to read out the Kaiser’s mobilisation order, crowds quickly gathered to listen - many of them no doubt members of Germany’s Reserve, Landwehr and Landsturm.  With the declaration of war crowds began to gather across Berlin, one focal point was at the residence of the German heir to the throne Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Duchess Cecilie in Unter den Linden.  In the photograph above the crowds can be seen cheering the couple as they wave from a balcony.  Another photograph from Unter den Linden shows jubilant crowds carrying portraits of the Kaiser and Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph.  The fourth photograph shows Kaiser Wilhelm himself addressing crowds from a balcony of the Berliner Schloss.  He did this several times during the first days of the war telling the citizens gathered below that:

"A fateful hour has fallen for Germany.  Envious peoples everywhere are compelling us to our just defence. The sword has been forced into our hands."

The most famous photograph to be taken of crowds gathered in the Austro-Hungarian Empire was taken in Munich and shows a buoyant crowd at the Odeon Platz - the photograph which was later used in Nazi propaganda during the Second World War purportedly features a young Adolf Hitler among the crowd. 

Similarly, large crowds of thousands of people also took to the streets of the capitals and cities of the allied nations.  In Britain the attitude towards possible involvement had initially been mixed with many preferring the country to remain neutral.  When news of the invasion of Belgium reached the British people the enthusiasm for war grew.  While there was significant anti-war demonstrations held in the days preceding the declaration of war they were vastly outnumbered by the crowds who took to the streets to celebrate.  In the next photograph crowds of boater hat waving men congregated in Trafalgar Square.

In the seventh photograph we see a thick crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace cheering King George, Queen Mary and the Prince of Wales who, like the Kaiser in Berlin, greeted the crowds from a balcony following the Declaration of War on 4th August.

In St Petersburg many people gathered expectantly outside the Winter Palace in the days leading up to the declaration of war, the photograph above shows the crowd gathered on 28th July when the Tsar ordered a partial mobilisation against Austria-Hungary.  In France Parisians gathered with tricolours flying to wave off reservists leaving for their muster depots from the Gare de Paris-Est train station. 

Interestingly what is a clear common thread between all of photographs from across europe is the constant presence of the boater hat.  At the time it was the fashion across Europe for boaters to replace the ubiquitous bowler hat in the summer months. 

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All the best pubs have de-fibs

All the best pubs have de-fibs

"No officer I had no idea the music was too loud, I’m very sorry, no that’s not weed …its potpourri.  Totally legal, very good shit."

"No officer I had no idea the music was too loud, I’m very sorry, no that’s not weed …its potpourri.  Totally legal, very good shit."

marinaesque:

inside The Grand Budapest Hotel

My old school is hiring a minibus driver, don’t think I’ll apply for that. Lots of snotty little privileged kids tired and annoying after a day at school. No thanks. Although the shop up the road is hiring part time, of courts it takes an internet search to find things like that out.

The sciatica in my left leg is making sleeping such a joy.

Glorious

The War on Drugs - An Ocean in between the Waves - CARDINAL SESSIONS 

Just out of interest (a WWI history quiz)

I was wondering with the centennial of the beginning of the First World War coming up how much people know about WWI.  As a historian its professional curiosity, so if you want to reply below with the answers to these questions (no googling!!)

  1. When did WWI begin? (day, month and year if you can manage it) 
  2. What was the cause of the beginning of the war?
  3. Who was Gavrilo Princip?
  4. Where was the war fought?
  5. When did Russia leave the war?
  6. When did the USA join the war?
  7. Who was Herbert Kitchener?
  8. How many do you think died during WWI?
  9. What was the name of the treaty that settled the peace terms?
  10. When did the war end?

Just a few questions, answer it if you feel like, resist google/wiki and looking at other’s answers.  I’m not marking it haha, just curious to see how relevant the war is to people now.  

(?)

shinykaito:

everyone stop what you are doing and watch this vine rIGHT NOW

guardianmusic:

CHINS UP, SHE KEEPS BEES AND SHARON VAN ETTEN

Because this new video for Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees’ single Is What It Is just drips with melancholy. Featuring fellow Brooklynite and solo singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten on backing vocals, this is a rather lovely piece of stripped-down balladry from She Keeps Bees.

Their album, Eight Houses, is due out in the US on 16 September and on 26 September in Europe.

historynet:

The hole in the Empire State Building after a B-25 bomber crashed into it on July 28, 1945 [1000 × 1238]

historynet:

The hole in the Empire State Building after a B-25 bomber crashed into it on July 28, 1945 [1000 × 1238]

hotmonsters:

retropopcult:

Bill Murray, 1979

hotmonsters:

retropopcult:

Bill Murray, 1979