Tag Archives: World War One

Who Was Fridtjof Nansen?

I discovered Fridtjof Nansen one long ago day of my youth when grandpa Johnson and I were going through a stack of books he wanted to lend to me.  Grandpa thought I’d be especially interested in a musty old book … Continue reading

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International Dadaism Month

Do you remember the Monty Python Show?  Were you fascinated by its peculiar animated cut-out montages? Many people didn’t realize that they had been exposed to Dadaism by watching the program. I loved the anti-art, non-movement, Dada before I ever … Continue reading

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On Wednesday my friend, Anders, called me to enjoy a friendly chat and to give me an idea for a bluejayblog post. He thought about my interest in holidays as he was decorating his home with blue and white colors for Independence Day.  … Continue reading

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Mata Hari

The cartoon short, “Plane Daffy” exposed me to a twisted version of history. I was only ten-years-old, but I knew that particular Daffy Duck episode was World War Two propaganda. I later learned that the villainess of the story was a parody of Mata … Continue reading

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The 1914 Christmas Truce

An unthinkable series of spontaneous peaceful actions took place almost a century ago during the Great War.  99 years ago, today, was the beginning of the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Because of it’s peculiarity and that it happened nearly a … Continue reading

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Perhaps you arrived at today’s bluejayblog post because you’re looking for information about Led Zeppelin, the rock group.  If that’s the case, I should warn you that this post has nothing whatsoever to do with rock music.  But I do … Continue reading

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The Battle Of Orleans

The morning started out as yet another hot, humid Cape Cod day for people in Orleans, Massachusetts.  On July 21st, 1918, the Imperial German Navy’s SM U-156 U-Boat began firing shells at Orleans and Nauset Beach.  The submarine then sent … Continue reading

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