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Tag Archives: Afghanistan

I ink, therefore I am

On the choice and acquisition of my one and only tattoo. – For The Oldie

We were soldiers, once

How I went from Oxford choral scholar to British Army squaddie (in just under a dozen years). – For The Oldie

Veterans of modern wars

In a mid-September interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Baron Richards of Herstmonceux (GCB, CBE, DSO, DL – better known as General David Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff) made a comment to the effect that “a part-time soldier cannot be as effective as someone who’s devoted his life to it and puts on a [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Few of those who know and admire the camellia, that waxlike and pure flower, are aware that the parent plant, the origin of the million plants scattered throughout Europe, is still alive and is in Italy. — The Nelson Evening Mail, January 22 1907 . The Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than they did [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. A man is generally at his heaviest in his 40th year. — The Nelson Evening Mail, October 10 1906 . The Museum of Emotions in London has a game with yes/no answers. Adolf Hitler fixed the Nazi Party registrations, to make it seem they had more members than they did. The endnotes to David Foster [...]

Our foreign colleagues

Review of Tell Spring Not to Come This Year. – For The Spectator

Eight debut novels

Currently sitting at 12 to 1 for this year’s Booker Prize, first-time novelist Paul Kingsnorth has set the cat among the pigeons through the disarmingly original expedient of submitting his offering in a fictional language. Composed in what Kingsnorth calls the ‘shadow tongue’ of ‘eald anglisc’, The Wake (Unbound 365pp £16.99) explores one angle of [...]

23.10.12

0930 Retweet Homeric ‘Rain of blood’ detail (courtesy unknown female) 1100 Rewrite Rupert Brooke one-liner, ref. Danish political TV series 1130 Post arrives, incl. new Johns Hopkins Iliad translation 1315 Stanford’s: 1 x scratch-off gold world map 1400 To barracks for Afghanistan mobilisation briefing

Shooty-shooty-shouty-shouty (and a little bit of FHM)

Reviewing Channel 5 on patrol in Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan. – For theartsdesk