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Suzy Solidor: Hostess of the Resistance?

par M Wook, gentilhomme et contrefasciste

Suzy Solidor, 1900-83, was a successful French chanteuse, openly polysexual & who owned a nightclub, la Vie Parisienne, that was immensely popular with the upper echelons of the Kraut military during the 1940-4 Occupation.                  

The picture posted here, however, is not of Solidor, herself, but of Franco-Polish artist Tamara de Lempicke, who painted a famous portrait — one of many, including an image by Picasso! — of Solidor & all of which were hung in la Vie Parisienne, not least to awe & just knock over the leering wartime Heinie clientle.artist Tamara de Lempicka -- 062514

Traduced after the war as a collaborator with the Nazis, Suzy Solidor be it remembered superintended a night spot in which the French resistance, members of l’Orchestre Rouge & various rival cutthroat Gestapo & Abwehr gangs played the most intricate & appalling games of espionage against one another. (more…)

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On the Filming of ‘Crimes’ in Progress

by B Wook, Chief Constable [retd], Cadwal Conservancy, Cadwal Planet

The post-modern police cars on Old Earth with their dashboard cameras to monitor the beating of various scapegoats had nothing on the air-borne WW II cine gun-cameras of the grandfathers of these jaded post-Constitutional coppers.

A lot of the footage in the following & showing Heinies getting blown up in the air & in convoys & on the railways is mis-dated and in fact is from later than 1940:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv8rFPLN_Fg

And, the war-time ensemble of falsely modest, not to say absolutely pre-Raphaelite & unbearably ethereal, expressions on the faces of the carefully-selected obviously middle-class women aeroplane-builders is both right out of the pp of Ruskin & it is a perfect exemplar of the undoubted shiftiness & duplicity & often-as-not entirely phoney good manners of my English cousins, the whole boiling! (more…)

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Gladiators of World War II – RAF Fighter Command

posted by B Wook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFY0JZ3m7WI

This short videogrammme succeeds in presenting a good summary of the development of RAF Fighter Command and it features some extended footage of the charming if obsolescent biplane fighters & bombers of the pre-Hurricane & per-Spitfire 1930s.

[Bodwyn Wook

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[25 August 2013]

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Spitfire Ace

Spitfire Ace

posted by Bodwyn wook

It may be that what happened in 1940 in the Battle of Britain is not that England ‘won’ anything; by 1945, England and its Empire were bankrupt & North America for good or ill would now be the quondam ‘leader’ of the Late Modern world.  The prosperity of a graceless, an ungrateful & above all ill-taught generation of the lewd children of the victors would, in the ending with the twentieth century of the Modern Age, exact its own (more…)

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Joyce Lofthouse, ATF -- 070113

[the pictures are of Joy Lofthouse, Spitfire ferry pilot in the war-time ATA]

Britain’s Flying Past:  Spitfire Mk IX MH434

posted by Bodwyn Wook

This unusual & detailed documentary gives the story of the Spitfire fighter, following the combat story of MH434, a mid-war Mk IX; it is notable in recording many stories of people who took part in building & flying the Spitfire:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5GnUf71lMU

‘We were defending this country against the King’s enemies…and we had to stop ’em….  What was important was these Germans were up to no good and they had to be stopped.’  [Geoffrey Wellum, RAF Fighter Command]

[Bodwyn Wook

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[1 July 2013]

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Lord & Lady Dowding, September of 1960 -- 062913Lord Dowding, the Battle of Britain and Animal Welfare

posted by Bodwyn Wook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LAtDZutA5A

In this video we hear first about Lord Dowding’s role in the ‘Battle of Britain’. Afterwards we hear two speeches Lord Dowding made in the House of Lords. The first speech (in 1949 – still topical to-day) is about the development of the humane slaughter of animals and how Jews and Muslims, even to-day, opt out of these decent intentions. The second speech (in 1957) is about painful experiments on animals; it remains relevant to-day because the European Union’s new legislation — which will be binding on all member states — will allow scientists to continue to perform severely painful and prolonged experiments on animals.

[Bodwyn Wook

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[29 June 2013]

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Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers; 'Agony' Payn; R J Mitchell (seated); S Scott Hall; Jeffrey Quill -- 062913R J Mitchell, Designer of the Spitfire

by Bodwyn Wook

[In the photo are shown, left to right:  Captain Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers; ‘Agony’ Payn; R J Mitchell (seated); S Scott Hall; Jeffrey Quill]

This videogramme is about the short life and historically decisive aeronautical design work of Spitfire fighter-designer Reginald Mitchell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8eLxepfXMM

What is of importance in the biography of History is character, both attributes of the personality and its moral function.  Mitchell’s key attributes as an aeronautical engineer appear from the foregoing to have been three:

First must be noticed his ability to (more…)

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