My first race of the year is next weekend. I should be ready but I'm a bit nervous.
It's easy to bag on something as only a "PR victory", but wars are often as much about moral and the will to fight than anything else.
Calling Dunkirk a British defeat due to mediocre fighting ability is, frankly speaking, fucking stupid. The British Army was in an untenable position because of a combination of politics (not being able to take strong positions in Belgium) and the defeat of the French armies on its left.
Also never underestimate the importance of the relationship between Churchill and Roosevelt. Great Britain could not have survived without massive US aid. My impression is that this aid, while costly, was on credit, so that it didn't hurt the British economy until post war.
The Murderbot Novellas maintain their quality. The four together really should be packaged as a novel as yes, they are pricey. Apparently a real novel is apparently in the works.---
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Dunkirk wasn't a defeat due to mediocre fighting ability. But the leadership of the British Expeditionary Force decided unilaterally to evacuate while the French leadership were dithering for days over how to launch a counterattack. Hastings' position is basically that evacuating was a wise and essential decision because the British army weren't capable of winning whatever their numbers and equipment were on paper.--It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
I voted Good on long diary gaps because every-one deserves a holiday.
Actually, that's a lie. I'm hoping to manage a diary entry this year, limiting the gap to only nine years. Given my own gaps, voting that long diary gaps are bad would be sooooo hypocritical.