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‘…A Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma, Concealed In A Mystery….’

THE PANDA IN THE PARLOUR

by Bodwyn ‘Fu Manchu’ Wook

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/harper-saw-through-putin-from-the-start/article19704732/?

The writer of the above & as does Mr Harper does NOT quite ‘get it’:

Joseph Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Hirohito all were late-modern militant nationalists.  *

Putin is indeed locked into this same late-modern trope, but, he doubtlessly personally is (more…)

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General Stilwell over Christmas Dinner, 1943 -- 072913The Diaries of “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell

posted by B Wook

The picture is of General Stilwell over Christmas Dinner in the field in 1943; not three years later in Carmel, CA, he would be dead of cancer.

For those who care for the story of the crabby anglophobe Stilwell as much as do I, this link to his diaries at the Hoover Institution will be a great find, indeed!

http://www.hoover.org/library-and-archives/collections/east-asia/featured-collections/joseph-stilwell

As one digs deeper, there will be found, too, his prewar journals as well and dating back to his West Point years.

[Bodwyn Wook

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Correlli Barnett in the Mail Online

posted by Bodwyn Wook

Correlli Barnett (b 1927) is a conservative although perhaps at times overly-rational English historian who has done irreplaceable work in the study of English [‘British’ — ed] national (more…)

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Pearl Harbor & Midway & After:Isoroku Yamamoto -- 062113

The View From Japan

posted by Bodwyn Wook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NDRDVavpWs

This Japanese filmed account of the Pacific War offers much unusual footage & information generally not known, at least to many westerners.  Here is one instance:  The Japanese battleships that defeated the Imperial Russian Navy at Tsushima in 1905 all had been built in western naval yards.

My only criticism would be that the treatment of Yamamoto is to a large degree hagiographic; but, this is offset by the sheer amount of other information.

The image of IJN Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is by:

httpiapetus09.wordpress.com

[Bodwyn Wook

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re-posted by Bodwyn Wook

The synopsis of a theme by the author of SPITFIRE : Portrait Of A Legend, by Leo McKinstry

(John Murray, £20 — To order a copy at £18 [P&P free], call 0845 606 4206.)

From the MailOnline, 21 November 2007:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-495500/Revealed-bizarre-life-RAFs-Battle-Britain-supremo.html

[The following text from The Daily Mail re-posted here solely for purposes of information redundancy is ample, if unwitting, testimonial to an example of the precisely-attuned sufi handling of mundane affairs and the overall direction of history; the inert character of the “collective unconscious” of the jungian psychologists means, alas, that not too much can be done at a time and, so, at the risk of a certain statistical, or ‘normal’, incomprehension many workers regardlessly make their specific contributions which, nonetheless, are additive to the general result over the millenia. — Mohamet Nedgjeem & Bodwyn Wook]

The images of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940 resonate almost 70 years later.

Dashing young RAF fighter pilots concealing their courage beneath an air of nonchalance; the beautiful outline of the Spitfire with its unmistakable elliptical wings; desperate dogfights with the enemy in the summer skies – all of these remain to this day the ultimate symbols of British resolve. Those months from July until the middle of September 1940, when the men of the RAF held the nation’s destiny in their hands, were a unique moment in our island history.

As Winston Churchill famously put it during the height of the battle, “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.”

Yet it is a strange twist of history that the commander of The Few, Sir Hugh Dowding, was different from the classic fighter pilot stereotype.

Aloof, dry, cold to the point of frigidity, Dowding, who was head of RAF Fighter Command throughout the Battle, had little of the Èlan that characterised his men.

Quite the contrary.

He was a widower who lived with his sister, believed in reincarnation and, most bizarrely of all, met his second wife after claiming he had spoken to (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

I have been reading Paul Revere’s Ride, by David Hackett Fischer (1994).  The great thing for me is to perceive the feeling in common to the American colonials of 1775 and at the heart of the matter, also, for to-day’s Tea Party movement:
 
By the time of the battles at Lexington and Concord, those Americans — although they still thought of themselves as English — had been on the ground for going on one hundred-and-fifty years.
 
Now that is as long as many of us hereabouts have had family infesting this old Indian-draped Mankato, MN, area, since the 1862 uprising and before.  Only by a heated and intense stretch of the re-enactor imagination can we even see ourselves as being the same people as those of the 1850s and the American Civil War; this sensation of divorcement, and of dwelling in a kind of eternal televisionized “present”, may be quite unlike the feeling the Americans colonials of the second half of the eighteenth century had for their 1620s forebears: the historical problem is that perhaps we simply can not know about this earlier question of (more…)

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by Bodwyn Wook

The Firm, by Jocelyn Hogg, reveals an English, and not a ‘British’, substratum, to-day criminal, that is at once eternal and yet has never been adequately comprehended by historians.  It is older than Robin Hood and the 1970 film, Get Carter, as yet has not been exceeded in its film portrayal of English underworld…’firmness’.  In photography, though, Hogg has produced a masterwork.

It is an unexampled peep into the world of a contemporary ‘British’ or ‘UK’ gang; or, rather, an English brotherhood.  The fact that many shown in The Firm seemingly are Welsh is simply not the point; this brotherhood holds to an old English creed.  Some not-inapposite search terms of course are:  The Firm; Hogg, Jocelyn Bain; pervs; slashers; layabouts; YOBs; twackers; unheralded new aristocracy; paedos; heirs of medieval warrior tradition; neo-feudalism; CHAVs.  Not that the men and women and children shown merit — and certainly none aspire to — all of these epithets:  they would doubtlessly do anyone very badly who called any of them either ‘perv’ or ‘paedo’.  And about their only interest in CHAVs and layabouts and YOBs is to get the latters’ benefit money from off of them as soon as possible in return for the stolen (more…)

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