4/8/1914 –  Great Britain and its dominions declared war on Germany, thereby joining itself with France and Russia against the Central Powers. Before the month was out, anti-suffrage campaigner and novelist Mrs Humphrey (Mary) Ward and Admiral Charles Fitzgerald had founded the Order of the White Feather to bully men of fighting age into joining up.

4/8/2014 – tension between the West and Russia, planes being shot out of the sky; the Middle East in disarray; tiny babies on the Gaza Strip putting their little hands in their ears, distressed at the noise of massive shells; chieftains of desert fiefdoms waving sticks with human heads. And the threat of a new plague.

Pete Seeger was born just a few months after World War I ended. He died just a few months before it reached its centenary.




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