Fascinating piece of antiwar art.
Un reggimento che va sottoterra (A regiment which goes underground), a work by Italian artist Paolo Ventura (2014), is probably one of the most interesting and well done works presented in the “La guerra che verrà / Non è la prima” exhibition held at the MART Museum in Rovereto.
It’s quite simple: paper soldiers (created from modern pictures of Austro-Hungarian and Italian soldiers) are presented together. They’re heading towards the same direction and little by little, are disappearing into the earth
Such a scene reminds the journey of soldiers from communication trenches to the front lines and simbolically show their disappearance.
This wonderful bronze statue honours a seaman of great courage who saved many lives during one of the major sea-faring tragedies of the Victorian age.
His name was Ġużeppi Ruggier but he was more often known as Joe Rodgers, and he sailed on a clipper called the Royal Charter.
On the night of the October 25/26 1859 the ship was on the last leg of a trip from Melbourne to Liverpool when it was caught in a terrible storm.
In winds in excess of 100 mph the Royal Charter was blown towards Anglesey’s rocky coast.
The ship sent out distress signals but the conditions were so atrocious that the Moelfre lifeboat could not be launched.
Ruggier volunteered to swim ashore with a rope.
Amazingly, the Malta-born sailor reached the rocks to be hauled out of the sea by men from Moelfre.
His rope was used to rig a bosun’s chair and slowly the rescuers began to bring passengers and crew to safety.
They had saved thirty-nine people when the storm broke the ship apart. It is believed that more than four hundred perished.
The Royal Charter was carrying large quantities of gold bullion from the Australian gold rush and its loss became a huge news story at the time.
Ruggier was honoured by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (the RNLI). He went back to sailing and died in Liverpool in 1897, aged 68.
The bronze memorial was unveiled at Moelfre in 2009 on the 150th anniversary of the tragedy. It was created by Sam Holland.
The inscription on it reads, ‘Joe Rodgers, A hero of the Royal Charter.’
Underneath is a Maltese Cross.
When I visited Moelfre, the weather was very different. A great place; a coastline of beauty where nature can be most cruel.
Read this by my lovely and very talented friend, Heather Hill. (Just Paypal me the cash, Heather.)
This graphic cartoon image was published in British newspapers 102 years ago this week.
The news of the deaths of Captain Scott and his four companions had finally reached home.
They had been dead since the previous March.
Today, their bodies remain encased in ice, an estimated thirty miles from where they died. Their ice tomb is slowly moving away from the South Pole which had held their dream of glory.
November 11 1943 is, I understand, a well-remembered day for historians of the Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France.
It was on that day that the Maquis paraded through the town of Oyonnax in what Matthew Cobb in his excellent book The Resistance describes as a “stunt”.
The event was designed as a show of strength, a morale boost for the local population. The town was chosen because there was no German garrison nearby.
More than 200 Maquisards took part. They marched, sang the Marseillaise and then disappeared back into the mountains.
Sometime ago I came into possession of this small medallion. It features the date ‘XI Novembre, 1943’.
One side is the Cross of Lorraine smashing a Swastika.
On the other side is an Astrix-like warrior.
When was it created? How many issued?
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