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Dispatch rider with pigeons leaving for firing line, His Majesty’s Pigeon Service, November 1917, location unknown. (William Rider-Rider. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-002034)

First World War poet Wilfred Owen, treated for shell shock, carried readers into the horror of war

British poet Wilfred Owen told readers there is no peace for the dying soldier until we fight against the lie that it is sweet and proper to die for one's country.
Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.). Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Brewing Mesopotamian beer brings a sip of this vibrant ancient drinking culture back to life

Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

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