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Tuesday, 9 July, 2013 0 Comments

Perhaps, the most glorious Wikipedia introduction ever written:

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 — 5 June 1963), was an English officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II, was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”

By the way, in 1908 he married Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen. She died in 1949 and in 1951, at the age of 71, he married Ruth Myrtle Muriel Joan McKechnie, then 23 years his junior. She died in 2006 at the age of 102. Sir Adrian died at the family home in County Cork in Ireland in 1963, aged 83. His was an heroic life.

Adrian Carton de Wiart

With Robert Fisk and Osama bin Laden on the road to peace

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012

Back on 6 December 1993, the UK’s Independent newspaper greeted its readers with the headline: “Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace”. The story was by the notorious Robert Fisk and it declared that “The Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.” The peace monger […]

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Lana Del Rey: from acclaim to backlash in 15 minutes

Saturday, 28 January, 2012

Her pout has been described as “a model for the entire plastic surgery industry of greater Los Angeles”. And that’s only one example of the kind of hate that’s now unloading on poor, rich, talented, lovely Lana Del Rey since she released her brand new album yesterday. What particularly upsets the Occupy class is that Lana is as privileged financially as she is genetically. You see, dad’s a millionaire whose money comes from one of the modern wonders of capitalism: web domain investing. Worst of all, though, for our puritanical champions of purity and authenticity, Lana’s real name is Lizzy Grant. This “revelation” is available to all on Wikipedia.

A short history of internet blackouts

Wednesday, 18 January, 2012

BBC: “Wikipedia has taken its English-language site offline as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US. Users attempting to access the site see a black screen and a political statement: ‘Imagine a world without free knowledge.’” The combination of black screen and political statement is a venerable internet tradition.

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