Coincidences
Me
pauldormer
Every day during the summer when I was in Helsinki for Worldcon, I used to cross a street called Mannerheim and then pass a statue of G.C. Mannerheim. I was so intrigued as to who Mannerheim was that I looked him up on Wikipedia. He was a Finnish general who was post-war president of Finland (and much, much more). During the war, he led the Finnish army against Russia, making him an ally of Germany. Apparently, Hitler was a surprise guest at his 75th birthday. The Wikipedia article referenced a recent English-language biography of Mannerheim which I ordered from Amazon and have just started to read.

Another thing in that article is that during a visit - possible the birthday visit - a Finnish sound engineer left a recorder going and made the only known recording of Hitler's normal speaking voice (as opposed to the voice he used in speeches).

So imagine my surprise on seeing this article in The Independent today:

https://ind.pn/2iYw7zH
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Cape Canaveral
Me
pauldormer
I'm reading a history of the War of 1812 at the moment, by Jon Latimer, published in 2007. At one point he refers to a naval encounter that took place "off Cape Canaveral (now Cape Kennedy)."

Except that its name was changed back in 1973. I suppose that saying a historian is living in the past is a bit of a cheap shot.
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Roy Dotrice
Me
pauldormer
Obituary in The Guardian for Roy Dotrice:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/16/roy-dotrice-obituary

I was surprised it doesn't mention his long-running appearance alongside Alastair Sim as Albert Haddock in the BBC sitcom Misleading Cases, based on the A.P Herbert books. That was one of the highlights of my teens.

It doesn't mention his appearance in Angel, either.

Another gloomy day
Me
pauldormer
It's gotten so dark I've had to switch the room lights on to be able to read the paper. Again no sign of rain though.

The weather app on my computer is telling me it's currently sunny in Guildford.
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The Sky is Yellow
Me
pauldormer
Here in Guildford it has gone very dark and the sky has a dark yellow colour. It's a bit like it was in Spokane a couple of years ago when I was there and there were forest fires in the area. Only the air is not smoky like it was then.

Some connection to Hurricane Ophelia, I believe.


Late addition: I went out to post a letter after posting that and the sun was visible through the clouds. It was pinkish red, just like it was in Spokane.

Also there was a wall of black cloud to the south.
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The Death of Stalin
Me
pauldormer
I see there's a film called The Death of Stalin opening in the UK on Friday.

I wonder if there is a film called The Death of Prokofiev opening the same day.
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Cyclists
Me
pauldormer
I was in my bedroom just now when I heard a sound in the street and something made me look out the window.

Stretched out along the grass verge on the main part of St. Johns Road opposite to the entrance of the cul-de-sac in which I live was a line a children on bicycles, all wearing helmets and yellow safety vests. At the front was an adult and at a signal from her they all set off and turned into the crescent at the end of St. Johns Road. Bringing up the rear was another adult.

Presumably some sort of cycling training class. Took me back to the sixties. There was a test you could take called Cycling Proficiency. Never went in for it myself as my only bike was not roadworthy, but our house abutted a school playground and that was where the training took place, with tracks marked out with poles.
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Kiss-ASs revisited
Me
pauldormer
Today's Observer carried a correction of last week's TV listing. They didn't credit me, but they did include my joke about the sycophantic crime fighter.
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Kiss-Ass
Me
pauldormer
I'm amused to see in The Observer's TV listings that next Sunday the Syfy channel is showing Matthew Vaughn's film Kiss-Ass. That's the one about the sycophantic crime fighter, right?

Update 3/10/17: I received an embarrassed reply from The Observer's Reader Editor admitting they'd made a mistake.
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Mike Neville
Me
pauldormer
Just seen an obituary in The Guardian for Mike Neville:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/sep/13/mike-neville-obituary

Now there's a name from my childhood. Being a Londoner who was uprooted to the north-east, I was fascinated by the Geordie dialect, even if I could never learn to speak it. In the late sixties, Scott Dobson started producing a series of books, starting with Larn Yorsel' Geordie and the BBC's Look North, fronted by Neville and George House pushed these books and made commercial recordings based on them. I still have the books and the records somewhere.

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