France

Photo Of The Day

Photograph: Öesterreichische Nationalbibliothek. This photograph is from the collection of the Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau.  'Unloading of a horse in Tschanak Kale (Turkey)'

Photograph: Öesterreichische Nationalbibliothek. This photograph is from the collection of the Imperial and Royal War Press Bureau.
‘Unloading of a horse in Tschanak Kale (Turkey)’

Millions of animals were relied upon by all sides in World War One

Read more »

Kristallnacht in Paris

Kristallnacht in Paris?

Will we hear about it in the New Zealand media?

I doubt it…it’s only a matter of time before boycotts against Israel become boycotts against Jewish owned businesses….deja vu anyone.

For the second straight day on Sunday anti-Jewish rioters defied a protest ban in Paris to rampage in the predominantly Jewish suburb of Sarcelles in what one police official called the “Paris Intifada.”

Hundreds of mostly Arab and North African youths marched through the streets wielding bars and clubs while shouting, “Death to Israel.”

The neighborhood’s main kosher grocery Naouri was burned to a shell as was a local Jewish owned pharmacy. The nearby synagogue in Garges was firebombed, but little damage was done.

Riot police attempted to disperse protesters and block access to another synagogue in Sarcelles and a few dozen Jewish vigilantes gathered nearby.

Journalists were assaulted and some police officers were injured by the rioters, France’s Le Figaro reported.

“I live in Garges, near the synagogue, but I’m afraid to go home,” a young woman told the newspaper.  Read more »

Tagged:

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Opium Museum  Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City's Chinatown in 1925.

Photo: Opium Museum
Americans smoke opium in a Chinese-run opium den in New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

Opium Dens

Read more »

Women who look like men

This year they held in Paris, France a Global Summit of Women also known as Sommet Mondial Des Femmes.

Well I had a little peek at the speakers on stage and I must admit that they are not making women the way they used to. Perhaps it is Feminism gone mad? Have women gone too far? In their battle to achieve equality have they aped the Men to the point of losing their femininity?

I think that it is possible that they have. I realise that the summit was not a beauty competition and that intelligence is much more important that dress sense, make up or ones hair. I hate to put down my fellow women but I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room. The women at the summit have gone too far.

Have a look at the photo and judge for yourself.

Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Michael St. Maur Sheil Nearly 70 feet deep, the Lochnagar Crater was formed after an explosive-packed mine was detonated during the Battle of the Somme.

Photo: Michael St. Maur Sheil
Nearly 70 feet deep, the Lochnagar Crater was formed after an explosive-packed mine was detonated during the Battle of the Somme.

Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

Read more »

How much scratch do you need to march backwards?

The cheese eating surrender monkey defence force chiefs and its joint chief-of-staff have threatened to resign over spending cuts. Jean-Yves Le Drian, the defence minister, has warned they would render foreign operations impossible.

I wonder though how much coin you need to march backwards at the first sign of trouble?

France’s top four military chiefs have threatened to resign if the government makes more cuts to their budget, with the defence minister warning a further drop in spending would leave it “unable to conduct new operations” abroad.

The heads of France’s army, navy and air force, along with the military chief-of-staff, made the unprecedented threat at a meeting last week, according to defence sources.

They warned that any more cuts – beyond those approved in a five-year defence budget in December – would torpedo France’s ability to undertake operations in places like Mali and the Central African Republic that have drawn praise from many allies.   Read more »

Merde, ze train iz too fat

Only the cheese eating surrender monkeys could bollocks up a public transport system like this.

The next train arriving at platform three will be… completely stuck.

That was nearly the scenario in France where, it’s been revealed, the country’s main train company ordered a fleet of new trains that were too big to fit in hundreds of stations.

SNCF, whose swift and efficient services are normally a point of pride for the French, spent 15 billion euros ($20.5 billion) on the trains, only to belatedly realize they weren’t quite slim enough.    Read more »

David Cunliffe admits medal mix up, but where is the rest of the explanation?

Tuke1

Fairfax reports

Labour leader David Cunliffe has admitted he muddled the war medals won by his ancestors.

In a speech to a Young Labour conference at the weekend Cunliffe marked ANZAC day and said his Grandfather Bob Tuke was awarded the Military Medal for valour in World War I.

In fact the medal was awarded to his brother Edmund Tuke, who is Cunliffe’s great uncle.

The discrepancy was picked up by a blogger.

A spokesman for Cunliffe said he had ”mixed up” the medals. Bob Tuke was instead awarded service medals.

Mixed them up eh?   Read more »

Cunliffe caught in another mistruth

At the Young Labour conference David Cunliffe made these claims.

Yesterday was ANZAC day – a day when, no matter who you are or how long you have been here, our nation commemorates the values that generations of New Zealanders have fought for.

At my local RSA, I spoke of my Grandfather Bob Tuke, who fought in World War One.

Although his letters home understated it, he lived in constant fear; he lived with lice, damp and dysentery. He watched his friends die in France, Egypt and Gallipoli.

He was awarded a Military Medal for valour, but hardly mentioned it to his family.

Sounds good, a hero for a family member, we’d all like that. Even better for a politician to use in a speech.

Fortunately for us most of the war records of our servicemen, including that of my great grandfather who served at Gallipoli are available online.

So I thought I would check the war records for Bob Tuke…and I found him…there is only one Robert Clive Tuke…and a slight problem for David Cunliffe.

Tuke1 Read more »

The difference of being a tourist in France vs Italy