Carrier Pilot by Norman Hanson. Memoir of a British fighter pilot who principally fought on carriers in the Pacific. It's billed as "One of the greatest WWII pilot's memoirs", but I can't say I've read enough to validate that. From the introduction apparently one advantage is that it was written in the 1970s which allows it to be a bit more modern.
Definitely an interesting read. He captures the experience well. The book does seem more open than earlier memoirs about grief, swearing and some mistakes. However it's definitely not a horrors-of-war book, his overall tone is positive.
Not bad, but didn't seem to have anything particularly surprising.
What I'm Reading 2
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy. Novella that seems to have become a cult on Mastodon for obvious reasons: a supernatural story set in an anarchist community. I liked it a lot. The supernatural elements were creepy, and what we see of the community is interesting. Downside: characters are bit bland and undistinguished. I'll definitely get the next one, would have liked it to be a full length novel.
Still can't run, still getting the same pain. I've been trying to compensate with swimming and cycling but getting a bit bored. There are limited car-free cycle routes so I end up usually doing the same circuit. Was wondering about getting some Vibrams or something and trying barefoot-style running which might work the muscles differently: they're quite pricey for an experiment though.
Kid's starting school in September. Been to the first of three visits we have to make to the school, this one they just explained to us alone. They seem very organised but to expect a lot more parental involvement than in my generation. Can't really believe it, it seems like only yesterday he was a tiny baby.
What I'm Watching
Saw Deadpool 2. Decent action/superhero/spoof. Goes even heavier on the fourth wall breaking than the last one: thought it got a bit too much as it's harder to get into the movie when you've got these winks every few minutes. Overall, good fun though. Has a mid-credits scene that needs to be stayed for as it affects the plot.
Articles. Long article on the Thameselink rail failures. Canoes and courting in America. What if Star Wars was never mad, via. Jordan Peterson's 12 rules reviewed. It Can Happen Here : "Seven years after the war, they looked back on the period from 1933 to 1939 as the best time of their lives".
Politics. "Circles" programme to provide support and accountability for released sex offenders gets cancelled. The Italian crisis was the left’s final warning. Thomas Piketty: The transfer union fantasy. Michael Gove speech: Capitalism is not delivering. Italy's organic crisis:
This model, I argue, can be described as a peculiar kind of comprador capitalism—a term generally used in the context of the old colonial system to describe a regime in which a country’s ruling classes ally with foreign interests in exchange for a subordinated role within the dominant hierarchy of power.Why the polls were wrong in 2017:
...the methods used in 2017 would have got 2015 correct, but got 2017 wrong. The methods used in 2015 would have got 2017 correct, but got 2015 wrong.
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