Sir Nicholas Winton is a humanitarian who organized a rescue operation that saved the lives of 669 Jewish Czechoslovakia children from Nazi death camps, and brought them to the safety of Great Britain between the years 1938-1939.
After the war, his efforts remained unknown. But in 1988, Winton’s wife Grete found the scrapbook from 1939 with the complete list of children’s names and photos. Sir Nicholas Winton is sitting in an audience of Jewish Czechoslovakian people who he saved 50 years before.
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7:26 am • 21 July 2014 • 325,366 notes
My Favorite Wrestling Matches of the Half-Year
(Note: All of these matches can be found somewhere on the internet. If you’re a fan of professional wrestling, you’ve probably seen most of these anyway. Let’s do this.)
1. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn (NXT Arrival, 2/27/14)
At one point in this match, Sami dives through the middle turnbuckle at Cesaro only to be met with a vicious uppercut. It’s insane. By itself it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve seen any match in years. But it’s the previous matches that lead up to this that makes it even more exciting. These are two dudes who’ve done their homework on each other and know exactly what the other is going to do. Just perfect storytelling, and if there’s a match better than this one in the next six months then I can’t wait to see it.
2. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi (NJPW Back to Yokohama Arena, 5/25/14)
One of the most exciting stories going right now in New Japan has been the rise of Kota Ibushi. As Junior Heavyweight Champion he’s been stellar, but it’s clearly time to move him up the ranks. And while he hasn’t defeated any top-tier level guy yet, it’s been fun to watch him in these matches. And then there’s Tomohiri Ishii, the Stone Pitbull. Not since Samoa Joe in 2005 have I been completely entranced by a wrestler and the way he works, which makes sense since they’re both bigger dudes who should in no way be able to move the way they do.
3. The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (WWE Elimination Chamber, 2/23/14)
I love tag team wrestling. I love six man tags. I love heel vs. heel dynamics that force the audience to choose who they’re rooting for. I love when “This Is Awesome!” chants are actually deserved. I love when wrestlers are so tuned in to who their characters are and how they would react in literally any situation. I love The Shield so much that it hurt to go back and watch this match knowing the way things ended. I love this match.
4. Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE WrestleMania 30, 4/6/14)
If 16 year old me knew that one day Bryan Danielson would be main eventing WrestleMania and winning the WWE Championship, defeating two of the biggest stars in the modern era he’d be PISSED to learn that 24 year old me wasn’t hailing it the greatest match in history. But honestly, this match was better. Probably my favorite Triple H match in I don’t know how many years and I’m still shocked at the great chemistry they had. Also: TIGER SUPLEX.
5. The Young Bucks vs. The Time Splitters (NJPW Dominion 6.21, 6/21/14)
I can’t believe WWE haven’t picked up The Young Bucks and made them the new Hardy Boyz (as cheap as that would be), especially with them wanting to reinvigorate the tag team division. There’s no way RVD and Booker T’s dislike of them should have any merit on them getting a job and they’d have to look no further than this match to see what they could bring to the table.
6. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW Invasion Attack, 4/6/14)
My favorite thing about a wrestling match is when the wrestlers play off of their previous outings. It makes it that much more realistic and also, I like to be rewarded for paying attention. Tanahashi and Nakamura are two guys who’ve wrestled each other hundreds of times in their career and this match is probably the best that I’ve seen them have. Tanahashi goes almost full on heel working on Shinsuke’s knee knowing that only one Boma Ye kick could knock him out, which gave us the great visual of Nakamura’s EXPLOSION OF BOMA YE’S at the end to finally knock his rival out.
7. Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt (WWE Royal Rumble, 1/26/14)
Bray Wyatt’s an interesting character. He’s both been a part of some of the year’s best feuds and a part of this year’s absolute worst feud. (Hi, John Cena.) His promos are both captivating and incoherent. And his matches are either stellar or leave a whole lot to be desired. But considering this is first full year as a wrestler on the main roster (Husky Harris notwithstanding) I’d say I’m more than intrigued for what comes ahead.
8. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW The New Beginning, 2/11/14)
As a wrestling fan, there are certain wrestlers that captivated me so much that their names become synonymous with the specific year in which they just kicked so much ass, for lack of a better phrase. Think Brock Lesnar and 2002. Samoa Joe and 2005. Bryan Danielson and 2006, off the top of my head. For me, I’m adding Tomohiro Ishii and 2014 to the list.
9. The Shield vs. Evolution (WWE Extreme Rules, 5/4/14)
This match starts off slow, almost shockingly dull, and ends with Dean Ambrose lunging across the announce table, Seth Rollins diving fifteen feet off a balcony to a chorus of shrill screams and Roman Reigns spearing Batista so hard it knocked him out of his tacky red Jordans. It was like WWE as directed by Michael Hanake.
10. Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet (NJPW Dominion 6.21 (6/21/14)
Ricochet is a guy I’ve always known about but never really watched until the last year or two, only because I don’t watch as much Dragon Gate as I should and really only got into New Japan in the last year or so. But he’s insanely good. There are things he can do in the ring that no one else can and it’s just fun to watch. If he doesn’t get signed by WWE in the next twelve months I will buy a hat and then I will eat my hat.
5:55 pm • 13 July 2014 • 3 notes