War to end all wars part 2

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War to end all wars part 2

This page continues from War to end all wars part 1. It contains mostly photos that also appear on other pages, but it also contains some unique to this page.

Raisa Anatomical Doll in a black dress and carrying an AK-47


Incidentally, I was filmed buying this dress in the fashion shop Roberta in my home town. See Christchurch: Quay and Church Street. It was paid for by the university of the Dutch film crew, led by Sophie Dros, who hails from Nijmegen, site of a battle in 1944 in which British, American, and Polish parachute- and glider-borne troops fought German ground units.

Anoushka Anatomical Doll in uniform on Xmas day, 2014

Anoushka says the spacing between the trees is to facilitate the movement of T-34 tanks and other fighting vehicles.

And Charlie ain’t no Nazi
She likes to wear her leather boots
‘Cause it’s exciting for the veterans
And it’s a tonic for the troops.

— From the lyrics of She’s So Modern by the Boomtown Rats, 1978

'Younger Anoushka' Anatomical Doll


Louise, Rhianna, and marine guard photobombing

Louise and Rihanna (and marine guard photobombing)

When the little ships attacked the Scharnhorst, slipping through the Channel, it is said that a Polish sailor was down on the prow of his torpedo boat, calmly firing at the great battleship with a rifle. The Dutch have a calm, cold courage, and the British pretend, as usual, it is some kind of a garden party they are going to.

— John Steinbeck, War Talk, 1943

Life size dolls in World War 2 scene

Rihanna and Louise plan the invasion

Life size dolls undergoing Anti aircraft gunnery training

Anti aircraft gunnery training for Rebecca, Caroline, Virginia, and Joanna

It is difficult to see how the housemaids will be able to go back to dusting furniture under querulous mistresses, how the farm girls will be able to go back to the tiny farms of Scotland and the Midlands. This is the great exciting time of their lives. They are very important, these girls. The defense of the country in their area is in their hands.

— John Steinbeck, Coast Battery, 1943

Lina Realdoll dressed up to resemble Amber in the 2011 musical action fantasy Sucker Punch

“They couldn’t hit the side of a barn.” (Lina the maid)

Caroline Realdoll as a Piccadilly commando in 2012

Piccadilly commando Caroline

Caroline Realdoll in WRNS uniform in 2006

“They dropped what kind of bomb?”

The war ended, but the inhabitants of Teagarden B had suffered irreparable damage. They would never again live as they had done before.

Caroline Realdoll in WRNS uniform, 2010

Requiem for a Wren

“I think he was frightfully good as a doctor or psychologist or something because he didn’t do anything at all. He made me sit down in a chair and got a couple of cups of tea from the wardroom and gave me a cigarette and started talking about himself.”

— Nevil Shute, Requiem for a Wren, 1955

(Ah, I guess that would be a male doctor visiting from a nearby planet, Teagarden B being populated only by women…)

Rebecca Realdoll sitting in an English kitchen in 2003

Rebecca contemplates an uncertain future

Laura was made by 4woods of Japan in 2007

Laura, despite being surrounded by a loving family, was forever afterwards occasionally beset by unfathomable sadness.

Lina and Bianca Realdolls in 2012

Lina and Bianca retell their old flying adventures

Bianca starred in the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl alongside real actors. Dave in Canada bought Bianca from the production company after they finished filming. He brought her — just her face — to the UK doll convention in 2012. She borrowed my Caroline’s body for that event.

Rebecca Realdoll makeup applied likely on 29th March, 2002

Rebecca, older

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
As you lie in fields of gold.

— From the lyrics of Fields of Gold by Katie Melua, 2017, modified from the original by Sting, 1993

That modified song by Katie Melua, who is also a hang glider pilot incidentally, reminds me that none of us — organic or silicone rubber — lasts forever.


Cynthia including some photos in uniform

Lars and the real Everard: My review of the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl

Shooting a line, my review of Requiem for a Wren by Nevil Shute, 1955

External link

Katie Melua – Fields Of Gold (Official Video) on YouTube