Pics 1-6 are by Perkin Warbeck
POP go the Weasel Words: DAY of DISMEMBANCE
1. The Latin Bridge in Sarajevo beside which, on 28 June, 1914, Gavrilo Princip took a pop at Archduke Franz Ferdinand, imperalist heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Throne and his wife, Sophie. It triggered WW1.
2. A replica of the Graf and Stift Double Phaeton motor car on the spot where the shots were fired.
3. Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, was a Yugoslav nationalist and a member of the Black Hand secret society. His age (19) saved him from the Hangman’s B.T. (Bow Tie) and he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. T.B., however, curtailed his sentence in 1918 before the end of The War to End All Wars. Irony of ironies, as the photograph shows, he inherited a Hapsburgh Jaw, aka, an underbite. One of the facial characteristics of the inbred and racial royal families of Europe.
4. Surprisingly, it is permitted to take close up shots in the adjacent Museum commemorating The Assassination. Unsurprisingly, it is housed in a building which was not formerly a School Book Depository.
5. Photograph taken seconds before the luxury automobile took a sharp and fatal turn to the right.
6. Photoshot of the same spot today.
The Pop which Principe took at the Presumptive Heir is recognised as the Pop which fathered a Trillion (and counting) Poppies.
How appropriate it would have been if the late, great Gay Byrne had been laid to his eternal rest on Monday, November 11. For he was always a courageous advocate of the wearing of the Poppy by stylishly loyal Irish citizens. This was unsurprising, as his own Pop, no sitter on the side benches, had proudly worn the khaki of the King in the trenches. G.B. indeed vowed to wear it (proudly) in front of the Late, Late cameras. Sadly, for whatever reason, it never came to pass.
During the 14-18 Imperial Slaughteranza over 250, 000 conscripts under the age of 18 were shoehorned into the khaki. It is reckoned that 100,000 of these were under the age of 16. Happily, corgis on the streets of DUPlin are already barking that the late GB’s protegé and heir presumptive, Joe ‘No Guff’ Duffy will make it a hatrick when he researches, writes, publishes and promotes :
– ‘Children of the Troubles: Irish Chisellers who perished in the Khaki’.
It promises to be a fitting tribute to Gabriel Mary Byrne:
Beannacht Dé lena hanam dílis.