“A Brave Stray”- the Sergeant Stubby Story

After a Christmas break, Fringe Rebels is back with a heart warming article about a decorated doggy and his contribution in the first world war. Nikki Smith, our illustrator and a dog lover, tell us all about this brave stray.

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Sergeant Stubby is a unique war veteran to say the least. Stubby was a small, incredibly adorable dog who served in World War I. It is unclear what breed Stubby was, probably having Bull Terrier or Boston Terrier genes somewhere along his familial line.  Found as a stray on the streets on New Haven in Connecticut, he wandered into the Yale University campus in the summer of 1917.  There he found a new home when Corporal Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, Yankee Division who decided to adopt the little guy. Read More

“I’m more like Oscar than Oscar himself” – The Tragedy of Dolly Wilde.

Wilde is the operative word, according to many who have written about Dolly Wilde. Dolly was the deeply troubled niece of Oscar Wilde and the only child of his older brother Willie Wilde. She drank too much, struggled with addiction, was overshadowed by the family name, haunted by her uncle’s legacy, but she also had the potential to be a talented, witty writer herself.

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‘The most atrocious and unheard-of event in our country’- The Tragic story of Camila O’Gorman and Father Ladislao Gutiérrez.

This week’s article tells a heart-breaking story of love and tyranny. I’m talking about the divisive ill-fated Argentinian fringe rebels, Camila O’Gorman and Father Ladislao Gutiérrez. Theirs is a tragic story about love and expectation in 19th century South America. Though they died scorned and hated by many, they died together and their death caused a revolution in Buenos Aires.

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“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” – Alice Roosevelt

“I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice Roosevelt. (His 19-year-old daughter.) I cannot possibly do both.”

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The first time I heard of Alice Roosevelt, it was this quote. I knew nothing about her, nothing about her life, but I knew from this one quote from her dad that she was a total fucking badass. Where to even start with Alice Roosevelt- with the pet snake she carried around called Emily Spinach or with the fact that she was banned from the white house after her father’s term ended? I suppose the best place to start is at the beginning. Read More

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.” – H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was, in many ways, the father of modern horror. His writings melded the worlds of scifi and fantasy into something that was utterly unsettling. Yet he was almost completely ignored in his time. Why was a man that is so celebrated today all but forgot in his own time? Our illustrator and Lovecraft aficionado Nikki Smith explains.

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HP Lovecraft is a name many people will know- be it through his writings, his infamous monsters or his influence over modern media and pop culture. He was a master of horror fantasy, creating immersive dismal worlds that were crawling with eldritch beings. He may be a well-known in alternative literature now, but this reclusive loner was underappreciated and unrecognised in his time, on the fringe of society for most of his life.

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Cher Ami- Dear Friend and Decorated War Hero.

This week’s post is of a rebel who was a little different. One hundred years after the armistice that ended World War One, Fringe Rebels is honouring one of the war heroes that are often forgotten in the remembrance, though their role is as vital a role in the war effort as any human’s. This post, written by our illustrator Nikki Smith, remembers a brave bird and her contribution in saving countless human lives in the trenches.

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November 2018 has been a time for remembering those who served in one of the most gruesome and futile wars in human history. The 11th of November marked one hundred years after Armistice Day and the ending of World War One. Human impact in the war is remembered and honoured during anniversaries like this, but very few people remember the animals that fought in the trenches alongside them. Read More

Blazing a Trail- Exhibition Review

“We’ll never know how much women have contributed because so many of their efforts were taken over by some man who got all the credit”

– Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

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On the 12th November 2018, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum opened the Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women, a temporary exhibition in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Herstory Project. One Hundred years after women’s suffrage, Blazing a Trail highlights twenty-one women who made a massive contribution in a wide variety of areas, from arts to suffrage, from politics to medicine. Where historically women have been shoved aside and their influence minimized, an exhibition like this which showcases women as innovators is long overdue. In fact, this exhibition, and the work of the curators, is what spurred me to start this blog. Read More