A. E. Houseman’s book “A Shropshire Lad” was one of the first books given me by my father, certainly my first book of verse. It revealed a nostalgic time not so very long gone of rural innocence coupled with untimely mortality.
Houseman had not seen the county before writing most of his poems.
Retirement from active service brings with it the opportunity to more freely speak one’s mind, but a retired Royal Navy admiral who commanded the task for which recovered the Falkland Islands back in 1982 has put government in a spot by stating that Britain’s naval writ no longer extends over the islanders’ defense:
Ententes Cordiales may come and go, but for the better part of seven decades the US and the UK have enjoyed the mutual benefits of a “Special Relationship” that far exceeded those between major powers historically. The Special Relationship under-girded the Atlantic Alliance, and enabled each party to count upon the other for “cooperation [...]
I’ve never been to the UK, except for passing through. It is on my bucket list, but anything from a priority. The weather is commonly dreadful I’m told, which is one of the reasons so many young British people are found in such far-flung parts of the globe.
But some things they do very [...]
The wisdom of our founding fathers – and a reminder of the yoke that they freed themselves from – is once again on display. I wrote last week about the savage slaughter in Itamar, wherein five Jews – including three children, the youngest of whom was decapitated at age four months – was celebrated [...]
Open carry is not to be recommended in vicinity of Patrol Base Shamal Storrai:
Within 40 days, the two marksmen from 4 Rifles, part of the Welsh Guards Battle group, had achieved 75 confirmed kills with 31 attributed to Potter and 44 to Osmond. Each kill was chalked up as a little stick man [...]
This report, if true, ought to be enough to fit the final nail into the transatlantic coffin:
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s [...]
I suppose it says something about the state of affairs in the UK, that when the Prime Minister notes that “state multiculturalism” may not be all that and a bag of crisps, it is treated as either bold or brash:
David Cameron has criticised “state multiculturalism” in his first speech as prime minister [...]
UK LCpl takes the first hit while Afghan insurgent hides behind 10-year old girl.
The Royal Navy’s Sea Harriers have harried their last sea:
Britain’s Harrier jets took their final flight Wednesday before the 16-strong fleet is axed as part of spending cuts intended to help reduce a record budget deficit.
The decision to scrap the iconic military planes, and to send the Ark Royal carrier that hosts [...]