Peter O’Toole and Jack Hawkins taking tea on the set of “Lawrence of Arabia.”
“I’m not, I think, a lonely person; though often and generally alone.” - T.E. Lawrence.
An unknown photograph of Lawrence of Arabia has emerged for sale 76 years after his death. The picture of Thomas Edward (T. E.) Lawrence in full Arab dress and wearing his gold Meccan dagger, was taken in December 1917 at Akaba, Jordan, shortly after he escaped the Turks at Deraa. The following year he led the Arab Revolt against the German-supporting Turks, rewriting the map of the Middle East and becoming a reluctant hero.
Many of his friends described his voice as being low. Here are some first-hand accounts:
Ernest Barker describes his voice as being low and quick.
L.B. Namier said that Lawrence “spoke in a low, soft voice” and that when he spoke his audience “would listen spellbound.”
Winifred Fontana (wife of the British Consul in Aleppo) described him as having a “donnish precision of speech.”
John Brophy described his voice as “low and precise.”
G.W.M. Dunn said when he spoke “his voice was magnetic, compelling attention.”
Flight-Lieutenant R.G. Sims said that Lawrence spoke “in a very low distinct voice.”
There are also several mentions of Lawrence’s infectious giggles when he was amused.
I haven’t any valid reason for not writing: just the works are running down. In March I leave the R.A.F. and it feels like the end of living—so close that nothing between now and then can count. Afterwards—well, I don’t know. How does one pass the fag-end of life? If there was any thing which I wanted to do, or thought worth doing, or seeing, or trying, or preventing even… but I’m facing a vacancy. Indeed, yes, the machine is run down. Time’s revenge?
- T.E. Lawrence to Lord Lloyd (September 1934)
Oluf Bernhard Reed-Olsen (1918-2002), a Norwegian resistance fighter, writer and pilot, was best known for his intelligence work and saboteur efforts.
Some of his efforts included a dangerous espionage against German air forces that occupied Fornebu on 9 April, and the Lysaker Bridge sabotage (Lysakeraksjonen) on the night of 13 and 14 April, 1940. This sabotage concluded with the blowing up of a Lysaker bridge near Oslo to alleviate German constraint among the Norwegian front lines.
NEWS: Excavations for London’s Crossrail project have unearthed bodies believed to date from the time of the Black Death.
A burial ground was known to be in an area outside the City of London, but its exact location remained a mystery.
Thirteen bodies have been found so far in the 5.5m-wide shaft at the edge of Charterhouse Square, alongside pottery dated to the mid-14th Century.
Analysis will shed light on the plague and the Londoners of the day.
The Potato Club
In his early years as Tsarevich to all the Russias, Nicholas II was almost inseparable from the Mikhailovichi brothers Alexander (Sandro), Serge, and George. It was within this roguish band that the Potato Club was formed.
One day, whilst out riding their horses in the countryside, a group of them directed their horses into a potato field, whilst the others lost sight of their companions. When [the companions happened upon] a peasant farmer [and asked] where they had gone, the peasant replied, “They turned into potatoes!” And to commemorate this brotherhood, each man bore a potato shaped gold necklace around his neck.
When Serge Mikahilovich’s body was uncovered in Alapayevsk, along with many other members of the family, the same gold potato pendant was found on him, all those years later.