Italian WWI vet dies

October 11, 2007


From the on-line Wall Street Journal’s “Evening Wrap”:

Italian World War I Veteran Dies — The world lost one of its few remaining veterans of World War I last Friday when Justin Tuveri died in the French resort town of St. Tropez . Born Giustino Tuveri on the island of Sardinia in 1898, Mr. Tuveri was a member of the Sassari Brigade, a Sardinian infantry unit known as the “Dimonios” — alternately translated as “demons” or “red devils” — which suffered 15,000 casualties in fighting against Austro-Hungarian and German forces in mountainous northeastern Italy. According to the French daily Le Monde, Mr. Tuveri’s was shot twice in the back during a battle with German forces four months after he joined the service. And he told reporters that doctors removed the bullets from his body without anesthesia. After he recuperated from his wounds, he emigrated to France where he had an active life, including driving until the age of 98. The French Defense ministry says there are only two French veterans of the Great War alive. There are three left in the U.S., according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Jim Benson. The youngest, at 106 years old, is Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va., who lied his way into the army because he was underage. He served as the grand marshal of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. this past May.


–The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Carnival of the Liberals #49

October 11, 2007

The Neural Gourmet sends greetings:

Tangled Up In Blue Guy brings us the fortnight’s best grumpy liberal blogging for this 49th edition of Carnival of the Liberals. Join us October 24th for our anger management seminar Carnival of the Liberals #50 at That Is So Queer.

Go see what people who actually claim to be liberal think and blog about. It’s one of those places where people actually discuss Myanmar/Burma as if it mattered, and as if they have hope for the future.

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Who’d have thought such things concerned liberals? (Hey, if you didn’t think liberals worry about such things, you really need to take a look at COTL49.)

Literature Nobel: Doris Lessing

October 11, 2007

Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced this morning, “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.”

Lessing was born in what was then part of Persia, and now lives in England.

So, I suppose there’s little chance she was educated in U.S. public schools . . .

The Nobel Peace Prize should be announced tomorrow, and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics is scheduled for Monday.

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