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Jim Casy

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
4,420
Scotland
#11
X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later book bindings.

"The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink."

"Bindings made between the 15th and 18th centuries often contain hidden manuscript fragments that can be much older. Bookbinders used to cut up and recycle handwritten books from the middle ages, which had become old-fashioned following the invention of printing. These fragments, described by Kwakkel [Dr Erik Kwakkel, medieval book historian, Leiden University],as “stowaways from a distant past”, are within as many as one in five early modern age printed books."



The Guardian: X-rays reveal 1,300-year-old writings inside later bookbindings
 
Jan 2014
1,978
Santiago de Chile
#12
Battle of the Somme. 1916. Film Documentary. Listed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" records.

Perhaps the worlds first war documentary.

It seemed an excellent idea. Send two film makers over and have them document the 'big push' for everyone to watch in the cinema. This is what we are fighting for, to give the old Bosch a bloody nose, and everyone home for Christmas. It would be such a shame to miss it. Fresh young cheery lads, larking about, waving for the camera and the folks back home. Just what was needed. Near 20,000 were dead and another 57,000 lay wounded in the first 24 hours. 141 days later, there were a million casualties from both sides.

Upon release, 20 million watched the film documentary that was produced, probably half the population, hoping for a glimpse of family or friends on the screen. And it seared an image into the national consciousness so powerfully that it is carried today in the minds eye of the average 'man in the street', 100 years later, as if carried in our very genes, passing from generation to generation.



Of course, it was always intended to be a piece of propaganda, so along with the mind numbing destruction (and some of it staged), we see a particularly good document of the quality of the equipment, techniques, uniforms, treatment of the wounded that was prevalent at the time. An intention was to show just how modern and well equipped the chaps were after all.

The film has been cleaned up, re-mastered (not for the first time) and is being released by 126 organisations in the UK and 86 overseas this year, being shown in universities, libraries, town and village halls, churches and museums, as well as 82 British embassies, and museums in the Republic of Ireland and Germany.

It is also to be given full screenings at selected cinemas complete with orchestra.
This sounds unbelievable, is there any online source by any chance or do we have to wait a while after it's release?
 

Jim Casy

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
4,420
Scotland
#13
This sounds unbelievable, is there any online source by any chance or do we have to wait a while after it's release?
I just checked and it's on youtube Mark. I clicked through to see if it was all there and I still found myself amazed at what I was watching. Not legs flying, but the little things, as ever.
 

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