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Life after the war: Spanish Flu

Kitty Gamble

Oh, the Spanish ‘flu. I hardly have to give a detailed description of it, I should think. Wikipedia says it was one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history – and claims it killed 3-5% of the world’s population.

Terrifying. But what was even scarier was that it was coming on the back of World War One. Or, rather, at the same time. The first wave happened early in 1918, and the second more deadly wave peaked (in the UK at least) in November 1918. It also killed a surprising amount of young people – unusual for a pandemic, when it’s usually the very young or old that die. The Spanish flu hit predominately young people, though – and apparently, modern science seems to think it was because of what is called a cytokine storm, which is very interesting.

But back to my research. By the time my…

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Your blogger needs you!

Jacey Lamerton

Take 37 million casualties, tortuous political machinations and an overwhelmingly arduous four years of mud, blood and tears in the deadlocked trenches.

Yes, take World War 1- one of the deadliest conflicts in human history …. and make FASHION!

Diving back into the classroom in my 40s has been a crazy challenge in itself. But now they’ve asked us to create a garment inspired by the death, destruction and utter misery that was World War I.

To be fair, it’s actually a fantastic opportunity. The labyrinthine treasure box that is York’s Castle Museum is opening a spanking new exhibition of the Great War next year – and we have been asked to create an item of clothing to be displayed in this very special gallery. 

More than 7 million tourists visit York, and a good proportion of them must trot across that rotten old car park to this major attraction…

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My first impressions on JE

I enjoyed JE for many reasons, and one of those it that it was written a short time after the war, so it was a very relevant piece of drama for many people. I also like the lengthy stage directions, of what the play is full of, these long stage directions give the actors a lot of time to build up tension through the silences. Its interesting to see the bonds between the different characters and how some of the men break social expectations, which would have been highly controversial at the time the play was written. Its intriguing to see the diversity of characters through the language used, and it would have been a big eye opener to the people who originally watched it in 1929.

My first opinion on MBJ

I really enjoyed this play, I loved the care and attention to detail through the characters and the stage directions. The plot was very interesting, and the context was accrete to events at the time of the first world war and the lead up to the first world war. I particularly liked Rudyard’s speech In scene four, as this relates to many other speeches that were said at the time. I enjoy how the play explores different themes such as friendship, loyalty, trust, worry, pride, hate, and so on. I prefer MBJ to journey’s End as I liked how it showed the contrast between the past and the present as well as the contrast of England and France. 

Recruitment Day by Amelie

Grousing About .....

Dear Diary,

Today has been, well  what do I say? I recruited into the army, full stop. Dick and Bob practicly pushed me to the town square, blimey it was full of people. “Roll up, roll up, come one! Fight against the Hun! Who will be the first? Roll up, roll up!” the sergeant shouted. Children waved union jacks in the air and the band played wildly. Bob ran up to the front and the sergeant and villagers cheered. Dick followed on, his mum cried with joy. Old George said “go on boy, this is your chance!” Dick and Bob beckoned for me, I had to go did I? Three more men went up, four, five. I sighed and ran up the stairs. “That was a brilliant move my boy,” Old George shouted along with everyone in the square. I signed my name. Aaaah, what will I tell Ma? At…

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