What we read and why we do so defines us in a profound way. You are what you read, I suppose. Browsing through someone’s library is like peeking into their DNA.

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history meme: one war the great war

World War One began on July 28, 1914, exactly one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne. As Austria-Hungary, determined to respond to the assassination, moved into Serbia (which Russia immediately mobilized to defend), Germany invaded Belgium before moving towards France, causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany and its allies. In less than a week, all of the world’s superpowers, with the exception of the United States, was at war.

The Central Powers were comprised of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. The Allied Powers consisted of the rest of the majority of Europe, leade by Great Britian, France, Russia, and, eventually, the United States of America. The U.S. joined the war in 1917, after intercepting the Zimmerman telegram. The telegram was a request from Germany to Mexico asking the Mexican government to declare war on the United States.

The Great War ended on November 11, 1918. Over 9 million soldiers and an estimated 7 million civlians lost their lives in the war. Considered the first “modern” war, it is thought to be one of the bloodiest wars in history.

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"The costumes are really, really important.[…] My costumes were quite heavy fabrics, they were kind of flawed, there was a big patch on the knee which was darned and that gives your character sort of.. uhm.. it gives your costume a biography. And the kind of stiff, staged collars and cravat it’s a very useful tool, which can then be deconstucted I think.. uhm,… there’s a scene where the cravat came off as a necessary moment. And things like the pocket watch was quite an old beautiful piece of jewlery and I decided that it belonged to Thornton’s father who said that he was kind of wearing something of his father all the time. So, in that respect your costume becomes clothing rather than costume. So yeah, it’s really really important." - Richard Armitage [x]

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John Watson + ”Not gay

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Harry Potter, always and forever

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Downton Abbey; 5.02

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But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot. The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night. A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the wash-stand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor. Each night he added to the pattern of his fancies until drowsiness closed down upon some vivid scene with an oblivious embrace. For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’s wing.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Crawley sisters.”

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