On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
Her entire life, and her mother’s life as well, are FASCINATING. A Royal, Muslim, Anglo-Indian woman in WWII… Could we have a sweeping FACTUAL movie please. Like now?
Yet another story I would like to read.
You guys! There IS A MOVIE!
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
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Hordies, so you’re home from a long, hard day of warlocking around Orgrimmar, encasing souls in stone and bending the wills of demons to your nefarious ends, etc., and you think to yourself, “Why can’t I slip into something a little more comfortable?”
Because fashion, that’s why. Also, the baggy sweatpants and loose-fitting “Warlocks do it over time” t-shirt tier set we’ve all been asking for was scrapped in Mists of Pandaria.
In the meantime, you can wear this Horde Warlock-only harness and skirt ensemble, this time with 100% more shoulder eyeballs.
See the full set at DevilWearsTransmog.com.
Lower city rogue
Head - Rohan’s Mask
Shoulders - Timeworn Shadowtooth Shoulderpads
Chest - Nimbletoe Chestguard
Hands - Carpal Tunnelers
Waist - Vindicator’s Dragonhide Belt
Legs - Wall-breaker Legguards
Feet - Pygmy Boots
Daggers - Cera’s Impalers
Lower City Tabard
Imagine spending all your time going up and down your best python friend.
two cuties 🌿🐈
Maleficent by Rhys Cooper
What I think is totally awesome is that Daniel Craig said that the Queen was supposed to look up straight away, but she improvised the letter writing and completely blanked him, so the awkward standing there was completely realisitic. The Queen ignored James Bond because she was ACTING.
She ain’t called the Queen for nothing, kids.
I remember watching this live and thinking, ‘that’s not the Queen, no way.’ Then she turned around and HOLY FUCK! THAT’S THE ACTUAL QUEEN!
And that’s why the 2012 Opening Ceremony will forever be my favourite.
The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.
Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.”
A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.
Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.
The ruins of Pompeii, Italy, circa 1934, photographed by Albert Bates Lord.
Giovanni Battista Belzoni, From the tombs of the kings at Thebes. 1820. NYPL