Month: July 2017

The Great Personality Shift

/()43 |_|K19, Going Postal

/()43’s man-in-the-pub theory of life, the left and the right

Rejoice, readers, in the satisfying knowledge that this is the last article in my series of three; soon there will be no more of this unreadable nonsense. Even better, I only have one ideosynchratic absurdity remaining to be clumsily examined – The Great Shifting of the Personalities. Best of all, there are diagrams! Hooray!

In the 14th to 18th centuries, language historians claim we changed the way we pronounced the so-called “long” vowels. If no-one can remember the 14th century, how do they know? Via some very dubious conjectue, it would seem. Anyway. One of the most interesting aspects of this great shift is the way some vowels seem to “shunt along”, each taking the place of the next. Thus, out used to sound like boot and boot used to sound like boat. It’s also interesting that we developed the printing press before the shift was complete, so that our spelling had to remain the same. We are left with a wierd spelling/pronounciation mismatch.

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Operation TELIC – Why the British were defeated in Southern Iraq 2003 – 2011

Blown Periphery, Going Postal

This may be a difficult read for some people who come across the post and perhaps for those personnel who may have served in Iraq during the various iterations of Operation TELIC.  I make no apologies for this.  I firmly believe that the only way we can avoid making mistakes in the future, both political and military, is by genuinely understanding and learning the lessons of the past.  For all you men, women and the various other categories this inclusive government wishes to label, at GCHQ who are no doubt reading this, I have checked that all the information is open source on the internet, which of course is where it came from. 

I am using AP3000 (Third edition), to guide me through the principles of war and how the British effort in Iraq fell well short of these guiding doctrines.  They may be in a different order to those laid down in the AP, but that is to match the historical narrative rather than the doctrinal.  In addition, some of the principles have been grouped to illustrate common points.  My apologies to the JSCSC.  AP 3000 is a thumping good read and I commend it to all.  I think our senior military officers and politicians should get within at least a nodding acquaintance of it.  It is as relevant to project management in the private sector as it is to operational planning.  To those of you who have lost friends and loved ones in Iraq, I am truly sorry.  There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of those young Toms lined up with their APCs, waiting to go out and I still sometimes awake in the small hours, sweating and breathless with the night terrors.

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Review – The Strange Death of Europe, by Douglas Murray

Much has been made of Douglas Murray’s Strange Death of Europe.  I’ve just finished it and present a quick review.  Needless to say, there are spoilers.

TL;DR – well worth a read as long as you have something nearby to destroy.

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Overall it’s not a happy read, on how our political class have by ignorance of consequence, cupidity and actively virtue signalled us into the present state.  Murray begins by taking us back to the 50’s and the concerns people had of the Windrush incomers through to today.  The text is peppered with a lot of off the record conversations with European MEP’s and Euro nation MP’s, with few of them having either the wit to negotiate a better settlement for us all or to convincingly lie their way through his questions.

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In Memoriam – Tony Lucas, “Bloody but Unbowed”

Tony Lucas at home in Suffolk credit: Laura Hynd

When Allied forces surrendered Singapore 75 years ago, 80,000 troops became Japanese prisoners of war. For Tony Lucas, thus begun an ordeal that almost broke his body, but could not bow his spirit.

It is difficult to envisage Tony Lucas as an arsonist – either now, at home in Suffolk, aged 98, his benevolent face capped with hair of an almost celestial white; or 75 years ago, when, on February 15, 1942, as a clean-cut pipe-smoking Territorial lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, he, like 80,000 other Allied troops in Singapore, became a prisoner of the Japanese.

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A Demographic, Disenfranchised – Part Two

Coloniescross, Going Postal

Fallout

Following the referendum and after  over 9 years and three stints as leader of UKIP Nigel Farage resigned his post for the very last time (he said), in November 2016. He had stepped into the breach as acting leader when, after only 18 days, Diane James resigned claiming she didn’t have the mandate to bring forward the changes she felt the organisation needed. Paul Nuttall took over as leader in November 2016 and Nigel quietly and with dignity left the political stage. Many members and supporters were devastated; Nigel had held the party together in the face of a constant barrage of negativity from the MSM and the other parties. The parties of the left and their sinister acolytes in Momentum and Hope not Hate had been particularly hard on him and his family. As disappointed as we all were we probably accepted he deserved the break, he was doing other things too, both in America and at home and his LBC radio show would give him a platform to keep an eye on the progress of the Leave strategy.

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An Unholy Book, Part Five

Cynic, Going Postal

The Cardinal

One morning, some two years after these events had passed, a small sleek haired man wearing spectacles and sober   clerical garb, sat alone in a cool room, at a highly polished desk, looking out over an extensive vista of  gardens and trees ending in a view of hillsides which in the right light could appear purple. This of course was  His Eminence Cardinal Xavier Ximenes, known familiarly as Doublecross, not, we must hasten to add, because he was  of a notably treacherous disposition, but because he liked to joke that as a Prince of the Church he bore the  weight of both sacred and secular concerns and it was reflected in the initials with which he annotated  documents.

As his fingers slowly played with his prized family heirloom of an antique fountain pen, so much more impressive  than the goose feather quills used by his secretaries and other scriveners, his mind and gaze turned from the  view over his palatial gardens where his servants toiled amid the splashing and tinkling of carefully contrived  fountains, to the three documents in front of him. One was the notorious ancient magazine or ‘Unholy Book’. The  second was as detailed an analysis and commentary upon it as the troubled Father Mendoza had been able to  compile. The third was his own note on the matter. He had determined that all three should be kept together in a  locked leather briefcase in a secret archive, and he hoped that none of them would again see the light of day  until long after he and all those involved were dead, if ever. He could have destroyed the magazine as almost  every other remnant of this remote past had been destroyed, but had decided not to do so for a variety of  reasons.

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