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Book review: A Small Town in Germany

A Small Town in Germany – John le Carré

My rating: ★★★★☆

I purchased this book in a small craft fair in St Ives of Cornwall last week.  716 more words


The 300 Spartans: Cold War at the Hot Gates

As I have said before, movies about the past are very often movies about the present. Screenwriters and directors often shape their stories about the past to reflect the concerns and interests of the present, either consciously or unconsciously. 844 more words



EVERYONE LOVES A GOOD LIST, and I’m no exception. To kick off a series of features on historical crime fiction, I am starting with my own favourite period – World War 2. 1,010 more words

Sometimes You Just Need A Counterspy Outfit

The Marx 1966 Man From U.N.C.L.E. Counterspy Outfit had it all. Check out this elaborate store display up for auction at Hake’s.

The Special Equipment: handcuffs, a bullet shooting lighter, a nerve spray camera, a cool walkie talkie, a bullet shooting knife, a flat hand grenade, and ammunition. 130 more words


5th of July

  One of my credit cards was compromised online recently by an Uber patron, it seems. The problem was addressed and headed off fairly quickly but when I told my mother about it in a telephone conversation she began to lament all of the crime and evil that are taking place around us and that thread inevitably lead to concern over our politicians, gun laws, and the hopeless impending election. 1,197 more words

Baby Boomers

State of the Art, or the Art of the State

Okay readers, this post is one of those little vignettes (are there large vignettes?) that more or less just tells you an interesting story from our past. 1,318 more words

Documentary Tuesday: "The Day After Trinity"

I try to only include documentaries that are a single video in this space, but sometimes exceptions need to be made when the material is just too good. 205 more words

Documentary Tuesday