Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.

Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.

Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”

lparrillas:

amy pond in every episode

They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Remembrance Sunday 11.11.12

thegreatgame:

Cause of Death: Snake Hips

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
Track: Strawberry Fields Forever
Plays: 278,196

britishbeatlemania:

Strawberry Fields Forever | The Beatles

"We were trying to write about Liverpool… and I just listed all the nice sounding names, just arbitrarily… I mean, I have visions of Strawberry Fields. And there was Penny Lane and the Cast Iron Shore… and they were just good names, just groovy names, just good-sounding. Because Strawberry Fields is anywhere you want to go.

- John Lennon in a Rolling Stone interview, 1968.

The boat was actually Plan C, the church was Plan B, and Plan A was marrying her a long long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.

You can’t just drop me off at my house and say goodbye like we shared a cab. / And what’s the alternative? Me standing over your grave?

Are you ready?

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