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Friday, November 18, 2011

"like licking dreams from the blade of a knife" ~Jackie Leven

On Monday we go see Gillian Welch at Manchester Apollo.
I have provisionally penciled~in Thursday 1st December Wednesday 14th December for this year's annual visit to The Manchester German Markets .I will be ringing around the usual suspects this weekend.Here are my photos from last years's bash.
on the 7th December,Me & Cathy plan to go to Tate Liverpool to see the Alice In Wonderland Exhibition.
A Good source of old photos is If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger,
There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
[into it's 8th year]Here's one i found there.Joan Crawford i believe......
This is a Sepia Saturday post.
[with regard to the photograph below]
"In 2001 , history teacher Matthew Rozell established an oral history project documenting stories of World War II. His pupils unearthed the story of the American 30th Infrantry Division’s discovery in April 1945 of an abandoned train near the town of Magdeburg, Germany. Tank commander Carrol Walsh told how the train’s freight wagons had been jammed packed with Jews, many emaciated , ragged and originally destined for death. Walsh, now a Californian-based retired Supreme Court judge, said there had been scores of children in and around the train........."[from:]
It's a powerful image.My eyes were drawn to the Mother & Child in the forground...but look also  at the lady further off in the background in on the left!The Smile Of Life!
"................the metaphorical power of the "atheist's fig" found in a Watford graveyard. Germinating from the last meal of a deceased, it burst through the corpse's gut and out through the coffin lid, eventually reaching the light in vigorous affirmation of life after death. From plants we came, and clearly to them we shall return" [from:Wild Flowers Are Nature's Anarchists]
Has anybody heard before about the Atheist's Fig? I read this today...'never heard of it before.A Google search doesnt help.

August 2010:Los Lobos:Will The Wolf Survive?
"First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. He then adds layer after layer of blood until the blade is completely concealed by the frozen blood................"[read more  about how to kill a wolf]

24 comments:

One Fly said...

No I have not heard of that.

As for the picture the people appear to be in pretty good shape as well as their clothing. I saved the picture and zoomed in. The women in front to me is almost on the verge of a smile. The women behind the smiler is not close to smiling and it looks possibly like the women behind her could maybe have a bit of a smile.

If this is photo of the actual train and event these people are not quite sure yet that they've been snatched from the jaws of death.

Teresa Evangeline said...

This is Very moving. Deeply sad, yet joyful in the discovery that they live! Can you imagine? They would have been locked in there, of course, so to be freed after the train was abandoned en route to a death camp.... It's mind-boggling. I'm just sitting here shaking my head at how sad and yet excruciatingly beautiful life can be.
what an amazing photo to share. thank you so much.

The Atheist's Fig....interesting. Love the title of the book this info came from.

Brian Miller said...

this is a very cool find tony...great picture and the relief and joy on her face is amazing..

Liz Stratton said...

I'd never heard of the atheist's fig but Myth Busters did a mock up and determined that torture by bamboo would work. If tied to the ground in a bamboo grove, the stalks would ultimately grow through you - Yikes!

Big Mark 243 said...

This photo is an amazing find... and you are right about the woman in the picture... she is very happy at the confirmation that not only is she alive, but that she will also have the chance to live..!

Karen S. said...

Not so sure about what it is, but figs, and especially the tree are in the Bible, and well they say Adam and Eve used the fig leaves for cover....that photo has so many things going on...you can really relate to their pain and etc especially the one woman but it's the darling little girl's face, so scared appearing and looking like oh my what's gonna happen next.....not a Shirley Temple life for that little cutie...

Martin said...

That's one powerful picture, Tony. Re the atheist's fig, the closest I could get was the following quote about mythological trees, "In some versions of the Persian* creation story a huge tree grew from the rotting corpse of the first human. The trunk separated into a man and a woman, Mashya and Mashyane, and the fruit of the tree became the various races of humankind. Norse* mythology says that the first man and woman were an ash and an elm tree given life by the gods. The same theme appears in myths of the Algonquian-speaking people of North America, which tell that the creator and culture hero Gluskap fashioned man from an ash tree."

Marilyn said...

It is a very powerful photo ...their expressions say it all.

Scarlet Blue said...

Try looking up Atheist's Fig on Bing instead... I am just about to read what it's thrown up.
Sx

Kurt said...

Maybe someone made it up on wikipedia, and it's since been edited out, but it survives on that site.

mary said...

Extraordinary photo here. It tells the story by itself.

barbara and nancy said...

Oh, that photo of "mommy dearest" cutting the cake with a very threatening knife. Her little adopted boy must have been quaking in his boots. "here kid, eat this cake, or else!"

The other photo is so haunting. Both are haunting actually.

I love Los lobos. What a great band.

Nancy Javier
Ladies of the grove

Little Nell said...

Yes I agree a very powerful image with a story behind it. I have to say it’s educational visiting your blog and reading the comments!

Bob Scotney said...

Is that really a smile on the mother's face or is she about to burst into tears of relief at being found?

LadyCat said...

The photo is both sad and hopeful at the same time. Amazing story and image.

Christine H. said...

Once again, you have presented us with an interesting and eclectic collection. Never a dull moment at Tony's. That one picture is very moving.

Alan Burnett said...

It is indeed a fine photograph. So difficult to believe that such horrendous events post-date the fine colourful car image that kicked off Sepia Saturday this week. Atheist fig or not, it is a strange world we live in (and even that little bit stranger up your end of the valley)

Akelamalu said...

That's a very moving photograh.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Oh what a photo, haunting and yet it caused me to gaze into their eyes. But from that to figs? Well, I don't know how it hung together but it did!

tony said...

Those Figs Are A Worry!:)

TICKLEBEAR said...

Amazing photograph!!
I'm unable to say anything else...
Too poignant.
:/~
HUGZ

Nana Jo said...

That photo has made me cry. Very powerful and filled with human grace and pain. Somehow, its haunting beauty is made even more poignant by the contast with the photo of Joan Crawford and her adopted son. Two mothers with their children ... so vastly different.

blackwatertown said...

You really pack in the big ideas. Two powerful stories, more good music and an allusion to Jackie.
It's all good

Matt said...

It's all true. I am the teacher, who discovered the photo that you have posted. Taken Friday, April 13th, 1945 by Major Clarence Benjamin, 743rd Tank Battalion.
Matthew Rozell
link:
http://teachinghistorymatters.wordpress.com/about/