The only known recording of the Cambridge spy Guy Burgess
, made just before he defected to Russia in 1951, has been recovered from FBI files by researchers at City University London. Speaking late at night, and clearly the worse for drink
, Burgess describes his meeting with Winston Churchill in September 1938, shortly after the Munich Agreement, and recreates Churchill's side of the story with a number of amusing impressions
William Manchester was an American author who wrote the celebrated Winston Churchill biographies: The Last Lion: Visions of Glory 1874–1932
and The Last Lion: Alone 1932–1940
. After having a stroke in 1998 and suffering from writer’s block
, on Oct. 9, 2003, Manchester asked Palm Beach Post writer, Paul Reid, to complete the third volume of Churchill’s biography
. In October 2012, after nine years of writing, and 24 years after Alone
, Paul Reid completed the third volume and The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm 1940-1965
was published. [more inside]
Most of us reading on the blue lived through at least a portion of it. Forty-plus years of tension between the world's two superpowers and their allies. That's right: The Cold War.
Then, they made a documentary
. Aired on CNN in 1998, and never released on DVD,
the 24 episode, 20 hour series features tons of archival footage, along with many interviews with individuals directly involved at some of the highest levels.
You might not be able to see it on DVD, but you can watch the full series on Youtube, starting with Part 1: Comrades (1917-1945).
In Toulon, France, there stands a memorial for 1,297 French sailors, who were killed in July of 1940 when their ships were shelled and sunk in one of the earliest sea battles of World War II.
The ships were fired upon by a British task force
led by the HMS Hood
, and it was no accident: Churchill himself sent the order: Send the French to the ocean floor
. [more inside]
Ward Churchill reinstated
. A jury has found that The University of Colorado wrongfully dismissed the controversial professor, author, and activist. After a day and a half of deliberation, they cited the tenured professor's infamous post-9/11 essay
, wherein he compared technocrats who died in the World Trade Center to "little Eichmanns," as the "substantial or motivating" factor in the University's decision to fire him and awarded him $1.
Arabella Spencer Churchill
, granddaughter of Winston Churchill and co-founder of the Glastonbury rock festival
is dead at 58. Sadly, on this very same day, her son
was sentenced to three years prison in Australia on drug charges.
Men get depression too
. An excellent article about the hurdles men face in coming to terms with having the Black Dog
. (Click "Print this" at the bottom for an easier to read one-page version; bonus links inside.)
Who knew Hitler sang reggae? View (YouTube, in German but with moustached rubber ducks)
World Leaders Were Kids Once Too
Photos of a whole bunch of world leaders as kids up through adulthood. Hey, Reagan was Teh Buff! And proof that Joe Stalin was NOT born with that mustache!
Churchill would have approved
- or so says this op-ed. New spin on savage behavior?
Churchill's war plan: super-ice.
"What was bobbing about in Churchill’s bathtub was no ordinary ice: it was pykrete." A well-researched story of a kooky inventor, a secret government plan, and some mad science.
What do Prince William, Sir Winston Churchill and President George W. Bush have in common? They're all blood relatives
GW Bush regards Churchill as his favourite historical figure.
Or so he'll say on "Oprah", apparently. Now, given that Churchill was a depressive, bellicose alcoholic
, who ultimately lost by a landslide to a party promising widespread social reform, is this wise? ;)