On Sep 13, 1944, a princess from India lay dead at Dachau concentration camp. She had been tortured by the Nazis, then shot in the head. Her name was Noor Inayat Khan. The Germans knew her only as Nora Baker, a British spy who had gone into occupied France using the code name Madeline. She carried her transmitter from safe house to safe house with the Gestapo trailing her, providing communications for her Resistance unit.
Oh my God, yes. Let’s talk about Noor Inayat Khan.
- Wireless operators in France had a life expectancy of six weeks. Noor was actively transmitting for over three times as long.
- While she was in France, every other wireless operator in her network was slowly picked off until she was the last radio link between London and Paris. It was “the most dangerous and important post in France”.
- She was offered a way back to Britain and refused.
- In fact, in her transmissions to London, she once said that she was having the time of her life, and thanked them for giving her the opportunity to do this.
- She was captured by the Gestapo, but never gave up: she made three attempt escapes. One involved asking to take a bath, insisting on being allowed to close the door to preserve her modesty, and then clambering onto the roof of the Gestapo HQ in Paris.
- Her last word before being shot was, “Liberté!”
The term BAMF was coined for such persons.
okay what did u literally say tho u didn’t let that pass unremarked did u?
kaylie it’s like you don’t even know me
I was actually like
"well let’s see, one is quite frequently homophobic, racist, and sexist and the other is none of those things. One has a cast of 80% cis white dudes and the other is a pretty good mix. One uses homosexuality as a recurring joke, and the other treats LGBTQIA characters with genuine respect. One of them has a Holmes that is written in a way that seems more or less like Steven Moffat masturbating to himself, and one is written as, in my personal opinion a much more interesting human being with compassion and is much more efficient at putting Holmes into a modern context and actively pointing out WHY they did what they did. And, most importantly… only one of them has Lucy Liu. I mean, sure, Benedict Cumberbatch is a pretty talented actor and all, but… Benedict Cumberbatch is certainly no Lucy Liu."
The guy just sort of went “…oh” and ate his lunch very quietly. My friends snickered under their breath. It wasn’t subtle.
(Side note: this is coming from someone who has genuinely enjoyed watching Sherlock. The problem is that the hiatus has once again been too long and I’ve noticed all of the things that are terrible about Sherlock and it has built up more and more within me with every episode of Elementary I’ve seen.)
Who taught me to suck in my stomach,
or my cheeks?
Who told me to stand with my legs apart
and my hips thrust back
to create the illusion of a gap
between my thighs?
Who made me believe that the most beautiful part of me
is my negative space?
so the other day I was having lunch with my friends and we were talking about Elementary, which I’m all caught up on except for this past Thursday’s episode (which I have downloaded and will watch tomorrow.)
and this one guy that occasionally hangs around us that we mostly tolerate sat down to hear me talking about how much I enjoy having a show as flawless as Elementary in my life and he was like
"Have you seen the BBC show Sherlock? It’s way better."
and I just