On Friday, May 27, I took advantage of Fleet Week in New York City and visited two ships. USS Bataan is a Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious assault ship in use in today's Navy. The first thing visible inside the door is a giant banner: THE BATTLING BASTARDS. This, of course, refers to the doggerel slogan … Continue reading Peninsula, Then Ship
When I first glommed onto the Far East Prisoners of War as a favorite topic, one of the first memoirs I read was Alistair Urquhart's The Forgotten Highlander. Just about everything bad that could happen to any white dude as a prisoner of the Japanese happened to Alistair Urquhart. He's #5 here, and no surprise … Continue reading Reasons Alistair Urquhart Is Pissed Off
Below, a photo I took at this fantastic conference in Liverpool June 5-8. The folks here were prisoners of war or civilian internees in the Pacific during World War II. The gentleman in front, second from right, is Tom Boardman. He was captured in Singapore and worked on the Thai-Burma Railway. During the war he … Continue reading Tom Boardman’s Ukulele
...because no government is going to do it for you. Atmospheric carbon stands at 400 ppm, and all I can stand to think about is World War II. Four hundred parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere means we're screwed. California is already drying up. Thousands of refugees are driven from their homes due … Continue reading Ration Yourself
A visit to the postwar period via a book of practical knits for the whole family.