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The Last Post

11 Nov

Notts! 026Sometimes an overabundance of words doesn’t make the point as well as the visuals do.  We have all read and heard enough on the subject so I can forego the usual preamble and much of the commentary.  Here are a selection of photos taken from Nottingham Castle Museum that speak for themselves.

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Notes written on bits of fabric from the pocket of Charles Attenborough's trench coat.  He tells of British and German guns ringing in his ears and calls the messages a souvenir from France.  Scraps of fabric and addresses were often left inside trench coat pockets by the girls who made the coats, in the hope that soldiers who they were issued to would write to them from the Front.

Notes written on bits of fabric from the pocket of Charles Attenborough’s trench coat. He tells of British and German guns ringing in his ears and calls the messages a souvenir from France. Scraps of fabric and addresses were often left inside trench coat pockets by the girls who made the coats, in the hope that soldiers who they were issued to would write to them from the Front.

Tags of remembrance.

Tags of remembrance.

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26 responses to “The Last Post

  1. shadowoperator

    11/11/2014 at 16:19

    A very nice tribute, but (whew!) you had me worried! When I saw your title (“The Last Post”), I thought at first that you meant to leave the blogosphere, and I was seriously considering fussing at you a whole lot! So glad to see that “the last post” is a military term, though of course a sad one, in memory of those who died there….

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    • Ste J

      11/11/2014 at 16:26

      As usual I assumed the terminology was universal without thinking. I won’t be leaving the blogosphere anytime soon, not with all the books still left to read and review, not to mention the odd thought that bounces across my squidgy thought processor AKA ‘the brain’. I tend not to be topical in my posts but after seeing this exhibition I did plan it out in my head straight away. Some things are worth it.

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      • shadowoperator

        11/11/2014 at 16:39

        Don’t let your brain get TOO squidgy–which is to say, don’t go swimming in any freshwater that contains a lot of green algae (believe it or not, in the news today there was an article which claimed that scientists at Johns Hopkins have discovered a “stupidity virus.” It’s called ATCV-1, and resides in freshwater lakes, streams, ponds, etc. where green algae is its host. It causes seriously lowered cognitive function, visual acuity, speed, physical stuff, and etc. in humans and in mice). And of course, they would have to give it the derogatory name “stupidity virus,” though there were nicer ways to say this. I couldn’t believe it when I read this! But I guess we are slowly moving into the age of the microbe, and I suspect that the little beasties are going to be what survive us, sooner or later….

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        • Ste J

          11/11/2014 at 18:09

          I tend to avoid all water unless it is in a bath or coming out of a shower at a good pressure. I like the name Stupidity Virus, it sounds like something that people in 50’s sci-fi shows envisioned for the distant year 2000.

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    • writersideup

      12/11/2014 at 01:04

      shadow, that’s what I thought, too!!! Phew! 🙂

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  2. Letizia

    11/11/2014 at 23:40

    The tags are fascinating to read. A moving post.

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:33

      There were so many, I could have devoted a whole day to just reading them, as it was I had a time limit to keep to so picked some choice ones. They were very emotive to read.

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  3. readingwithrhythm

    12/11/2014 at 05:29

    This is the best post I’ve seen today. Thanks!

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:34

      That is high praise indeed thank you very much. For once I plumped for understated and it was the right choice.

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  4. Al

    12/11/2014 at 06:48

    A moving tribute. The museum looks very good, and I imagine there are some very sad comments on those tags

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:37

      There were a lot of tags I would have loved to have photographed, it was very personal though and I almost felt that I was intruding. In the end I think it was good to share them as it is our collective heritage.

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  5. renxkyoko

    12/11/2014 at 08:15

    When I saw the title , I was , like, No way, you too? I was all ready to beg, you know ? XD

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:30

      I won’t abandon you Ren, whilst there are still books to be read, I shall be here! I would miss you too much if I retired the ol’ blog.

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  6. Sherri

    12/11/2014 at 10:37

    The Last Post. Gets me very time. Beautifully moving tribute, bringing the fallen to life through a deeply personal remembrance. Thank you for this Ste.

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:43

      Seeing all the exhibits virtually let the post fall into place, I think it resonates with everybody so people can experience this post how they like as I for once decided less is more in regards to my words.

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  7. RoSy

    12/11/2014 at 15:13

    So true SteJ. Sometimes no words are needed.
    Thanks for sharing the images.
    And – glad that the title didn’t mean that this was your last post.
    See – that’s glad me —> 😀

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    • Ste J

      12/11/2014 at 19:39

      I have no plans to stop blogging my friend, I keep meeting so many awesome people that it would be criminal to stop and to keep you smiling makes it all worth it. it was a bit of a departure for me to purposefully not use words but I think it was best.

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  8. Chelsea Brown

    13/11/2014 at 02:00

    Wonderful tribute to those who were lost in war. On a side note I too thought for a moment that you were leaving the blog universe, but I am relieved to realize that you are not.

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    • Ste J

      13/11/2014 at 21:03

      Blogging is too much a part of my thoughts these days to stop. I am not normally one for topical issues on the blog but I thought this time I would make a special exception. I am pleased you liked it.

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  9. Lyn

    13/11/2014 at 03:20

    For just a second or two, I thought the same…”Last Post,” but then I remembered SteJ is British and that it was Remembrance Day. Excellent post, Ste.

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    • Ste J

      13/11/2014 at 21:02

      For some reason I didn’t think that the Last Post would cause confusion but I shouldn’t be surprised that it did. I’m always going to be around, even if I lose my hands and have to type with my nose.

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      • Lyn

        13/11/2014 at 21:19

        I’m very relieved to hear that! Forget the nose, you’ll go cross-eyed. We’ll all chip in and buy you “Dragon Naturally Speaking” software. You’ll just have to read and it will do the typing for you 😀

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        • Ste J

          13/11/2014 at 21:26

          Ah I spend all day on a head set and the darn thing doesn’t understand me, or is wilfully awkward, I prefer my silence, perhaps one of those eye machines that Stephen Hawking has would be awesome though.

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      • writersideup

        13/11/2014 at 23:16

        lol…what a comforting thought, Ste J

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  10. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    16/11/2014 at 13:01

    What a wonderful tribute you’ve put together here, Ste J. I especially like the cards from the husband to his wife. Beautiful–and the remembrance cards, so sad. Reminded me of the time I went driving to visit all the civil war memorials around my neck of the woods and came upon one by the river in a very remote area. Just a simple stone detailing the story of the handful of men who died there and smaller stones marking each man. My imagination went wild conjuring these men and snippets of their lives. (which kind of ties into your next post on imagination) Moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Ste J

      24/11/2014 at 09:17

      Those out of the way monuments that you come upon are always the best ones in my opinion, they add something more than places frequented by people all the time. Sadly a lot of my photos weren’t up to the job, I took loads for this post but it does make me want to get some practise in so I can be better for when something else captures my eye. I keep my eye out all the time for things that may interest my blogging friends so expectr more..but wait until after Christmas as I have no time at the moment lol.

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