Granite pavement embellishment on the Stone Jetty, Morecambe.
There are number these whimsical bird plaques with beautiful lettering created by Gordon Young and Russell Coleman.
|SMS Augsberg (photo from Europeana)|
"In reply to a 12 hours ultimatum from Germany (expiring at 7 am), Belgium refuses to allow passage of German troops through her territory and King Albert sends "supreme appeal" to Kind George. German troops envelope Visé (which was afterwards burnt). General Joffre, French Commander-in-Chief, leaves Paris for the French frontier. Grand Duke Nicholas appointed Generalissimo of Russian Army. Australia offers 20,000 men. Sir Edward Grey's speech in the House of Commons. British naval mobilisation complete. Moratorium Bill passed. Bank holiday extended to August 7th". 'Our Diary of the War' War Illustrated.
"At Scarborough and Whitby crowds idled beside the sunlit waters of the North Sea, little dreaming that German battle cruisers were already contemplating bombardment of that particular coast-line. And on the other side of the North Sea the same scenes were to be witnessed. At Ostend, gay Continental crowds lounged along the plage. The Casinos were full, dance halls were crowded, orchestral concerts were drawing their huge crowds. Europe, generally, was prosperous and happy. It had been a good year for the crops, and everyone from Calais to Constantinople was looking forward to a bumper harvest....Life at that time for the common people of the Continent was simple and pleasant. Never again while they lived would they ever feel as secure"
"What will the future be like, when the billions now thrown away in preparation for war are spent on useful things to increase the well-being of people, on the construction of decent houses for workers, on improving transportation, on reclaiming the land? The fever of imperialism has become a sickness. It is the disease of a badly run society which does not know how to use its energies at home."-- Jean JaurèsWhich brings us to today 100 years ago and the War Illustrated note of the day
"A long message from Berlin to the effect that the German Ambassador's efforts for peace have been suddenly arrested and frustrated by teh Czar's decree for complete Russian mobilisation. We all set to work to draft a personal appeal from the King to the Czar. When we had settled it, I called a taxi and, in company with Tyrrell, (I presume this refers to Sir William Tyrrell, Sir Edward Grey's private secretary) drove to Buckingham Palace by about 1.30 am. The king was hauled out of his bed and one of my strangest experiences was sitting with him, clad in a dressing gown while I read the message from Berlin and the proposed answer The text was as follows: 'I cannot help thinking that some great misunderstanding has produced this deadlock. I am most anxious not to miss any possibility of avoiding the terrible calamity which at present threatens the whole world. I therefore make a personal appeal to you'Forces had been set in motion which nobody could stop.
The czar promptly replied:
"I would have gladly accepted your proposal had not the German Ambassador this afternoon presented a note to my Government declaring war".