Author: Ian Hislop,Nick Newman
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
The true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line. In a bombed out building during the First World War in the French town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
The Famous First World War Trench Newspaper
Author: Christopher Westhorp
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Decades ahead of the amusing but distorting buffoonery of Blackadder Goes Forth, this complete edition of the Wipers Times, the famed trench newspaper of the First World War, is an extraordinary mix of black humour, fake entertainment programmes and pastiche articles, and constitutes a unique record of life on the wartime frontline. From its long-running cartoon pun (Are We Being Offensive Enough?) to its brilliantly subversive column Things We Want to Know (the name of the officer who originated the idea), its hilarious spoof ads to its pastiche fake contributors (Belary Helloc), this complete facsimile edition of the Wipers Times, produced to accompany the BBC dramatization, is a historical masterpiece that enables us to sample the real spirit of the trenches . . . from the safety of our armchairs. If you can drink the beer the Belgians sell you, And pay the price they ask with ne'er a grouse, If you believe the tales that some will tell you, And live in mud with ground sheet for a house, If you can live on bully and a biscuit, And thank your stars that you've a tot of rum, Dodge whizzbangs with a grin, and as you risk it Talk glibly of the pretty way they hum. . .
The Best Bits from the Wipers Times
Author: Denise Robertson,Dr Malcolm Brown
Publisher: Little Books
Category: War poetry, English
This collection lifts the best of the long-forgotten poems, rhymes, limericks and other articles reproduced in the the Wipers Times. They provoke laughter with a lump in the throat and offer an insight into life in the trenches in the First World War.
Die geheimen Tagebücher eines Assistenzarztes - "Herzzerreißend und saukomisch!" John Niven
Author: Adam Kay
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Vorhang auf für 97-Stunden-Wochen und einen Tsunami an Körperflüssigkeiten. Entscheidungen auf Leben und Tod am laufenden Band und ein Gehalt, gegen das jede Parkuhr zu den Besserverdienern gehört. Auf Nimmerwiedersehen, Freunde und Familie ... herzlich willkommen im Leben eines Assistenzarztes! Adam Kay, jetzt in seiner Heimat England als Comedian gefeiert, gehörte viele Jahre dazu. Nach schlaflosen Nächten und durchgearbeiteten Wochenenden mobilisierte er seine letzten Kräfte, um seine Erlebnisse aus dem Alltag eines Krankenhauses aufzuschreiben. Saukomisch, erschreckend und herzerweichend zugleich: Kays Tagebücher bringen alles ans Tageslicht, was Sie jemals über den Krankenhausalltag wissen wollten – und auch einiges, was besser im Verborgenen geblieben wäre. Kein Zweifel: Diese Lektüre wird Narben hinterlassen.
Author: Mark Connelly,Stefan Goebel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In 1914, Ypres was a sleepy Belgian city admired for its magnificent Gothic architecture. The arrival of the rival armies in October 1914 transformed it into a place known throughout the world, each of the combatants associating the place with it its own particular palette of values and imagery. It is now at the heart of First World War battlefield tourism, with much of it's economy devoted to serving the interests of visitors from across the world. The surrounding countryside is dominated by memorials, cemeteries, and museums, many of which were erected in the 1920s and 1930s, but the number of which are being constantly added to as fascination with the region increases. Mark Connelly and Stefan Goebel explore the ways in which Ypres has been understood and interpreted by Britain and the Commonwealth, Belgium, France, and Germany, including the variants developed by the Nazis, looking at the ways in which different groups have struggled to impose their own narratives on the city and the region around it. They explore the city's growth as a tourist destination and examine the sometimes tricky relationship between local people and battlefield visitors, on the spectrum between respectful pilgrims and tourists seeking shocks and thrills. The result of new and extensive archival research across a number of countries, this new volume in the Great Battles series offers an innovative overview of the development of a critical site of Great War memory.
From Training Guides yo Propaganda Posters
Author: Arthur Ward
Publisher: Pen and Sword
In WW2 information leaflets and posters proliferated. Soldiers were bombarded with Field Regulations, airmen with the latest updates about airborne early warning, bomb sights and radio navigation and sailors with material that helped them identify enemy aircraft and submarines and told them how to operate the new ship board weapons to destroy them.??An abundance of familiar slogans exhorted the population to do the utmost: 'Go To IT!', 'Come Into The Factories', 'Keep Calm and Carry On', 'Dig For Victory', 'Lend A Hand on the Land', 'Walk When You Can'. Other messages warned of the consequences of irresponsible behaviour: 'Careless Talk Cost Lives', 'Loose Lips Sink Ships', 'Keep It Under Your Hat' and 'Be Like Dad, Keep Mum', the latter illustrating just how much social mores have, thankfully, changed in the last 75 years.??This book is concerned with the plethora of printed ephemera that was designed to educate, instruct, inform and entertain. Such original material can still be bought and is easy to store ÛÒ the posters also often making attractive items for display ÛÒ but as with all other authentic historical material supply is finite and examples of wartime publications in first class condition command a high price. This is the first time a single volume has been dedicated entirely to a long overlooked component of wartime collectables. It is designed to complement books which focus on traditional militaria such as uniforms, equipment and regalia and is intended to reveal just how much material was produced, across the board, by each of the warring nations. It will advise enthusiasts about what was produced, what is still available and where to find it and, importantly, how to conserve and store such vintage printed items.
Author: Rafał Borysławski,Justyna Jajszczok,Jakub Wolff
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Laughter is often no laughing matter, and, as such, it deserves continued scholarly attention as a social, cultural and historical phenomenon. This collection of essays is a meeting ground for scholars from several disciplines, including historians, philologists, and scholars of social sciences, to discuss places and roles of laughter in history, in historical narratives, and in cultural anthropology from prehistory to the present. The common foci of the papers gathered in this volume are to examine laughter and its meanings, to reflect on the place of laughter in Western history and literature, to disclose laughter’s manipulative potential in historical and literary narratives, to see it in the light of the concepts of carnivalesque and playfulness, to see it as a reflection of hysterical historicizing, to see its place in comedy, farce, grotesque and irony, and to see it against its broadly understood theoretical, philosophical and psychological aspects. The book will appeal chiefly to an academic readership, including students, historians, literary and cultural scholars, sociologists, and cultural anthropologists.
An Appreciation of the Trench Journal the Wipers Times
Author: John Ivelaw-Chapman
The Wipers Times was the Private Eye of the Ypres Salient during World War One. Edited, while under bombardment, by a battalion commander in the Sherwood Foresters, written by soldiers actually in the trenches and distributed by ration-wagon and ammunition-mule. the paper bears vivid witness to the shocking realities of trench warfare. Yet for all the occasional horror of its content, The Wipers Times was a gentle, humor-filled and satirical paper which, once its codes are cracked and its riddles solved, tells an interested reader much about the characters and personalities of the men in the British Army of the First World War.Interpretation of regular features such as the bogus music-hall advertisements that feature in every issue, columns like 'Answers to our Many Correspondents' and 'Things We Want to Know' and careful study of some of the remarkable poetry published in the paper, explain to readers what it was like to be there. The Mud, the Gas, the Shells; the Fear, the Courage, the Humour and the Bitterness; much is revealed about these and many other things in this remarkable book that unravels the eighty-year-old Riddles of Wipers.
Author: Daniel Magariel
Ein fesselnder, erschütternder Roman über zwei junge Brüder und ihren zugleich liebevollen und übergriffigen Vater – Daniel Magariels Buch ist das verblüffende Debüt eines neuen, großen Talents. Die drei – ein zwölfjähriger Junge, sein älterer Bruder und ihr Vater – haben den „Krieg“ gewonnen: So nennt der Vater seine bittere Scheidung und den Kampf ums Sorgerecht. Sie verlassen Kansas und fahren nach Albuquerque, um noch einmal neu zu beginnen. Die Jungen gehen zur Schule, spielen Basketball, finden Freunde. Ihr Vater arbeitet von Zuhause aus. Bald aber wachsen sich kleine Fehltritte des Vaters zu einer finsteren Irritation aus, müssen die Jungen erkennen, dass sich ihr Vater verändert, unberechenbar wird, mitunter brutal. Vor der kargerhabenen Kulisse der Landschaft New Mexicos erzählt Magariel mit bestechender Klarheit, wie die Jungen verzweifelt versuchen, die Familie zusammenzuhalten, sich gegenseitig schützen und helfen, und schließlich ums eigene Überleben kämpfen. „Einer von uns“ ist eine kurze Geschichte mit gewaltiger emotionaler Wucht.
Dirk Gently's Holistische Detektei
Author: Douglas Adams
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
Schräger Humor und beissende Ironie - Douglas Adams in Hochform: Privatdetektiv Dirk Gently ist in Band 2 der Mini-Serie auf der Suche nach einem Flughafenattentäter - alle Spuren führen zu Gott. Doch warum sollte Gott einen Abfertigungsschalter am Londoner Flughafen Heathrow in die Luft jagen?
Author: Ian Hislop,Nick Newman
Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter. William Hone, the forgotten hero of free speech, was a bookseller, publisher and satirist. In 1817, he stood trial for 'impious blasphemy and seditious libel'. The only crime he had committed was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy. A Watermill Theatre production.
A Guide to Battlefields in France & Flanders
Author: Nigel Cave
Publisher: Pen and Sword
A study of the most important sites, primarily of the two world wars, covering both their history and descriptions of how they are today. For the interested traveller, the author groups key sites together, listing places offering accommodation, food, and detailing places of local interest.
Category: Literary Criticism
Author: Andrew Marr
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
In The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr paints a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century as the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire. Between the death of Queen Victoria and the end of the Second World War, the nation was shaken by war and peace. The two wars were the worst we had ever known and the episodes of peace among the most turbulent and surprising. As the political forum moved from Edwardian smoking rooms to an increasingly democratic Westminster, the people of Britain experimented with extreme ideas as they struggled to answer the question ‘How should we live?’ Socialism? Fascism? Feminism? Meanwhile, fads such as eugenics, vegetarianism and nudism were gripping the nation, while the popularity of the music hall soared. It was also a time that witnessed the birth of the media as we know it today and the beginnings of the welfare state. Beyond trenches, flappers and Spitfires, this is a story of strange cults and economic madness, of revolutionaries and heroic inventors, sexual experiments and raucous stage heroines. From organic food to drugs, nightclubs and celebrities to package holidays, crooked bankers to sleazy politicians, the echoes of today's Britain ring from almost every page.
Author: Neil Young
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Auf dem Roadtrip mit dem großen Neil Young Der Ausnahmemusiker und seine zweite große Leidenschaft: Nach seinem unkonventionellen autobiographischen Buch »Ein Hippie-Traum« präsentiert Neil Young in »Special Deluxe« nun im Spiegel seiner unzähligen Traumautos weitere sehr persönliche, warmherzige und humorvolle Geschichten aus seinem Leben. In seinen musikalischen Anfängen fuhr er mit seinen Lieblingsschlitten von Gig zu Gig. Wenn er sich die Reparatur nicht leisten konnte, ließ er sie auch schon einmal am Straßenrand stehen – und fragt sich bis heute, was aus ihnen geworden ist. Mit dem Erfolg kamen die Sammelleidenschaft und ein Fuhrpark beträchtlichen Ausmaßes: Das Leben des großen Musikers Neil Young ist nicht zuletzt ein Leben mit wunderschönen, vor Chrom glänzenden Oldtimern. Und so nimmt er seine Fans erneut mit auf die Fahrten seines Lebens, erzählt von Familienausflügen mit seinen Eltern, von seinen ersten Konzerttouren mit »Mort«, seinem geliebten Bestattungswagen, vom Rock`n`Roll-Leben, von Spritztouren mit seinen Kindern, vom Entdeckerglück des Sammlers, von seinem Engagement für die Verbreitung umweltfreundlicher Fahrzeuge – und entpuppt sich nicht zuletzt als großartiger Zeichner seiner Lieblinge auf Rädern. »Special Deluxe« liest sich, als säße man auf dem Beifahrersitz neben einem vergnügt plaudernden Neil Young und führe mit ihm in einem seiner Oldtimer durch sein Leben. Ein herrliches Geschenk für alle Fans von Neil Young. Und das ultimative Geschenkbuch für alle Männer, die das Kind in sich bewahrt haben.
Author: Anthony Fletcher
Publisher: Yale University Press
DIV This book was inspired by the author’s discovery of an extraordinary cache of letters from a soldier who was killed on the Western Front during the First World War. The soldier was his grandfather, and the letters had been tucked away, unread and unmentioned for many decades. Intrigued by the heartbreak and history of these family letters, Fletcher sought out the correspondence of other British soldiers who had volunteered for the fight against Germany. This resulting volume offers a vivid account of the physical and emotional experiences of seventeen British soldiers whose letters survive. Drawn from different regiments, social backgrounds, and areas of England and Scotland, they include twelve officers and five ordinary “Tommies.”/div DIV /div DIV The book explores the training, journey to France, fear, shellshock, and life in the trenches as well as the leisure, love, and home leave the soldiers dreamed of. Fletcher discusses the psychological responses of 17- and 18-year-old men facing appalling realities and considers the particular pressures on those who survived their fallen comrades. While acknowledging the horror and futility the soldiers of the Great War experienced, the author shows another side to the story, focusing new attention on the loyal comradeship, robust humor, and strong morale that uplifted the men at the Front and created a powerful bond among them./div
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