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Sorry to spam, but [personal profile] selenak has some absolutely fascinating meta on Henry VIII in fact and fiction, The Trouble with Henry. Truly excellent stuff in the comments as well, like this about Elizabeth the Virgin Queen.
raincitygirl: (shelter (lepiehole))
I first found out about this song a few months ago, when [personal profile] legionseagle linked to it on the BBC website. Alas, I got an error message because I was an overseas viewer. Tonight I had a brainwave: what if it's also on YouTube. With no further ado, I present The Cousin Song, from a BBC children's program called Horrible Histories. I know, I know, it's kids programming but it's also simply frelling HILARIOUS. Go click, it'll take like 90 seconds, you'll laugh your ass off, and you'll know more about the Frightful First World War than you did before.

I bought Glory, the Academy Award winning song from the movie Selma, and I love it. Which is odd, because rap music usually leaves me cold.

I have never figured out if I don't like rap because I don't like rap, or if I don't like it because I wasn't exposed to it at the right age. My school was very multicultural but had virtually no black people. I was exposed to bhangra music by South Asian friends at the right age and I appreciate that to this day.

Anyway, Common's spoken word duet with John Legend on vocals really works for me, and I suspect it's because of the explicitly political content of the rap. Anybody have any recs for artists or specific songs that are also explicitly political?
raincitygirl: close up of the Hulk's face (Hulk (kickair8p))
It's technically the 7th of June by now, not the 6th. But I was kinda busy today, so my D-Day commemoration is a bit late. Both my grandfathers were in reserved occupations during the war, but one of my great-uncles went through the whole war, from being evacuated at Dunkirk in 1940 to the Normandy landings and then some. And my other great-uncle served in the British Army for several years until he cracked up with a monster case of PTSD, was institutionalized, and later lobotomized. No, I'm not kidding or exaggerating. He was a very sweet old man, in spite of people having butchered his brain back in the day.

So, you know, rah rah Normandy landings commemoration and all that, but war is still hell.


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