Most Secret by Nevil Shute. World War II novel written in 1942 and published in 1945, about a disparate group of young officers launching a small stealth attack in a modified fishing boat, driven by varying motivations.
Good book in general, with lots of fascinating detail, a good story, and some interesting characters. Has a few flaws like the cumbersome framing device of desk-bound officer rather like Shute himself narrating the story, which often has plot elements being given away in dispatches and then expounded at length.
Also interesting to see a WW2 story from before the conventions had been established. The Germans are depicted as unabashed barbaric baddies, with not a world-weary Wehrmacht officer lamenting the Nazis or SS in sight. The more personally motivated Britons revel in the idea of killing Germans. There's also a nice seen where an British officer stranded in France has a partisan make a V-for-victory sign and is dumbfounded as it's the first time he's ever seen one made sincerely before.
Overall a minor work, worthwhile but not unmissable. Not a classic like "On the Beach" by the same author.
We had one false alarm previously, but the toddler definitely has chicken pox for real this time. This is the time I'd planned to take him to see the parents for a long weekend, so at least I've already got the time off. My wife looked after him in working hours last week, but she's on a business trip abroad from Saturday to Wednesday night, so I'm doing it full-time and solo while contagion-housebound so I can't even go to a supermarket.
He seems to be coping reasonably well, a bit miserable and much more irritable than usual but not screaming the whole time. He's got it pretty bad, he's absolutely covered in hideous huge and small spots, poor guy.
First day was a bit of a struggle as he didn't sleep much, having just a 1 hour nap instead of his usual 2-3 hours and not going to sleep for an hour after his bedtime. Still managed to get some chores done (hoovered the house, cleaned the bathroom, changed the bed linen, two loads of laundry) but it was a bit grinding trying to cope with the baby.
Socioeconomics. John Gray on Hayek and his relationship to Keynes. Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership dead? Targeted Advertising Considered Harmful: "It is not so much the claims made by advertisers that are helpful, but the fact that they are willing to spend extravagant amounts of money on a product that is informative."
Pics. Software development process.
News. Attempted attack on gay married couple: "We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time".
Politics. Law Society: Criminal court charges 'trapping' penniless suspects. Controversial Isis-related play cancelled two weeks before opening night , "Iran is Great" van has windows smashed by counter-terrorism police.
Random. Typewriter simulator
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