A veteran remembers . . . and mourns

CNN reported recently that the late Sergeant James Lenihan wrote a poem about one of his experiences during World War II. It was discovered by his children after his death. Courtesy of The Writer’s Spot, here’s the full text of the poem. Murder: Most Foul I shot a man yesterdayAnd much to my surprise,The strangest thing happened to meI began to cry. He was so young, so very youngAnd Fear was in his eyes,He had left his home in GermanyAnd came to Holland to die. And what about his Familywere they not praying for him?Thank God they couldn’t see their

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Remembering the forgotten ones

This Memorial Day, we’ll be remembering veterans past and present; those still with us, and those who’ve died. I’d like to suggest that we take the time to think about another sort of veteran . . . those civilians who’ve been caught up in war, often taken unawares, or targeted for no good reason. They’re perhaps the ultimate victims of war, in that they had no way to defend themselves against the violence directed at them. There have been many, many examples of such victims throughout history. It’s false to say that only in the 20th century were civilians regarded

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Blondes rampant!

Last year saw the first Blondes Parade in Latvia. I blogged about it at the time. It was such a success that the Latvian Association of Blondes decided to make it an annual event. They’ve just held their second Blondes Parade, which appears to have been even more of a success than the first, according to Baltic Reports. This weekend marked Riga’s second annual Go Blonde Parade, and the fair-haired young women of Latvia were out in force. “People admire, envy, and make jokes about us, but nobody remains indifferent! Why?” wonders Olga Uskova, one of the founders of the

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Political correctness meets ‘Dwile Flonking’

You’ve never heard of ‘Dwile Flonking’? Neither had I, until I read about the first world championships in this ‘sport’ being derailed by political correctness. The Telegraph reports: The traditional East Anglian pub sport of ‘Dwile Flonking’ has been banned by a council because it breached health and safety drinking laws, it was claimed. The sport’s inaugural world championships were due to be held on Saturday at the Dog Inn pub, in Ludham, Great Yarmouth. But its future is in doubt after Norfolk District Council outlawed the game because it contravened laws aimed at banning speed drinking. Event organisers were

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A bladeless fan?

Dyson, makers of what they claim are the world’s best vacuum cleaners, have introduced a bladeless fan. Looks very modern and impressive, doesn’t it? Details of how it works are at the link. It’s apparently selling like hot cakes, even though it costs far more than more conventional competitors (just as their vacuum cleaners do – which is why I don’t own one!). For the $300 they want for the cheapest model listed on their Web site, I reckon I can buy at least a dozen conventional fans! Nevertheless, the technology is very interesting, and Dyson have produced a video

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More awesome product reviews

Yesterday I posted about a product available from Amazon, 3M Nuclear Grade Tape, and quoted some of the very funny reviews posted by potential shoppers. In a comment to that post, fellow blogger Keads mentioned another product available from Amazon: Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable. It’s described as follows: Get the purest digital audio you’ve ever experienced from multi-channel DVD and CD playback through your Denon home theater receiver with the AK-DL1 dedicated cable. Made of high-purity copper wire, it’s designed to thoroughly eliminate adverse effects from vibration and helps stabilize the digital transmission from occurrences of jitter and ripple.

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Fame certainly hasn’t gone to their heads!

Back in March I reported on the Fisherman’s Friends, a singing group made up of Cornish fishermen who perform traditional sea shanties. They’d been ‘discovered’ by a recording executive, and had just signed a contract to produce an album. It seems their album’s become a smash hit in England. They’re booked to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts; Ealing Studios wants to make a film about them; and someone wants to write a book about them. The beauty of it is, this sudden fame hasn’t gone to their heads at all. In a very funny interview,

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Captivating music

I owe my friend Jenny a big debt of thanks for posting this music video on her blog a couple of days ago. It’s “Roots” by the English folk song duo Show Of Hands. Captivating, isn’t it? I’d never heard of Show Of Hands before, so I started looking around the Internet. I found their Web site, which lists many albums they’ve produced together over the past decade or more. They feature modern compositions as well as old favorites, with an emphasis on English themes and settings. There are many of their videos on YouTube. Click on the link for

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Women and potential sexual violence – one perspective

Via Elmyra, I was directed to a guest article on the Shapely Prose blog entitled ‘Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without getting maced‘. Here’s an excerpt. Gentlemen. Thank you for reading. Let me start out by assuring you that I understand you are a good sort of person. You are kind to children and animals. You respect the elderly. You donate to charity. You tell jokes without laughing at your own punchlines. You respect women. You like women. In fact, you would really like to have a mutually respectful and loving sexual relationship with a

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