Monday Links

Its time to clean up some semi-random stuff that has accumulated.

What an insult to The Few: MoD abandons iconic memorial dedicated to Battle of Britain aces… to save a paltry £50,000

  • MoD chiefs plan to close down St George’s Chapel at Biggen Hill, Kent
  • The former RAF station was used during the Battle of Britain to repel Nazis
  • The chapel is expected to close in 2016 unless it can find a benefactor 
  • Minister Anna Soubry said it was an ‘inappropriate use of resources’

By Mark Nicol Defence Correspondent For The Mail On Sunday

Published: 17:01 EST, 3 January 2015 | Updated: 09:14 EST, 4 January 2015

With its magnificent stained-glass windows, it stands as a fitting memorial to the Battle of Britain pilots who gave their lives to save the nation from Nazi invasion.

But The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the ornately furnished chapel Sir Winston Churchill insisted should remain a ‘permanent’ shrine to the glorious Few is to be closed down and boarded up.

Defying the wartime leader’s express wishes, defence chiefs have decreed that the £50,000- a-year cost of running St George’s Chapel of Remembrance is an ‘inappropriate’ use of resources.

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St George's Chapel, pictured,  is at the former RAF station at Biggin Hill in Kent, is threatened with closure

St George’s Chapel, pictured,  is at the former RAF station at Biggin Hill in Kent, is threatened with closure

MoD abandons memorial dedicated to Battle of Britain aces to save £50k | Daily Mail Online.

I’m not saying let’s go kill all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.



Eagle Project: Operation Gratitude

Here’s an opportunity for all of my readers to support our troops, and at the same time (in an indirect way) support this blog. My eldest, David, is a boy scout. He’s currently a Life scout (the rank just below Eagle); and all he has left to do to be an Eagle scout is to complete his Eagle project before his swiftly approaching 18th birthday.

For his Eagle project, he’s organizing a letter-writing campaign for Operation Gratitude—but I’ll let him tell it:

You're right, that's not a boy scout uniform.  He's also in his fourth year of JROTC.

You’re right, that’s not a boy scout uniform. He’s also in his fourth year of JROTC.

Hello Patheos readers,

I am David Duquette, a Life scout and son of Will Duquette. I am currently working on my Eagle Project and would like your help. I am doing a letter drive for a group called Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude is an organization that collects letters, hygiene products, books, movies, and so on, to put in boxes to send to our troops overseas. They get these items completely by donation. They are completely non-profit organization.

Eagle Project: Operation Gratitude.


You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just looking at her hands. If they are holding a gun, she’s probably angry.


America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil

Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas.  The timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100.  My wife suggested that since the dishwasher is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one.  Up until now it was working very quietly and efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour.

We visited the appliance shop where we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier.  I mentioned to the salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to our old one, which took about 35 minutes.  With a bright smile, he explained that that was because of the new federal energy efficiency standards for clothes washers enacted by the Obama administration’s Department of Energy in May 2012.

(I later looked this up on the website, and found that this new regulation was only one of over 40 new onerous energy regulations on products and appliances already enacted, with many more to come, including forChristmas lights.  According to the website, these are “sensible steps” that will save consumers “billions on energy bills”.  This is a highly suspect claim.  When energy consumption decreases, utility companies typically raise the price per kilowatt hour to make up for the loss in revenue.)

America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil


You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That’s common sense leaving your body.


All you’ll ever need to know about the history of England in one volume

A review of Robert Tombs’s history of the English salutes a stupendous achievement
Fair Maid Of Kent
The English and their History Robert Tombs

Allen Lane, pp.1012, £35, ISBN: 9781846140181

Here is a stupendous achievement: a narrative history of England which is both thorough and arresting. Very few writers could pull it off. Either they’d have an axe to grind, or they’d lose perspective, or they’d present a series of anecdotes, or they’d end up in a Casaubonish pursuit of other historians’ errors. In fact, to get it right, you’d ideally be a mature and accomplished author, steeped in the facts, who was nonetheless tackling English history for the first time.

Which is more or less what Robert Tombs, a professor of French history at Cambridge, is. ‘A writer of history ought, in his writings, to be a foreigner, without country, living under his own law only,’ claimed Thomas Hobbes, adapting Lucian. If you’ve read any modern French history in English, the chances are you’ll have come across Tombs. This book, though, will be remembered as his magnum opus.

The English and their History is about as long as a single volume can be; yet it couldn’t really be any shorter. To be honest, like many reviewers on a deadline, I had planned to skip bits of it; but found myself gripped by the narrative. Nothing important is omitted, there are no howlers, and yet plenty of myths are gently corrected — especially those surrounding the first world war. ‘A few lines of Wilfred Owen outweigh a shelf of monographs,’ as the author drily notes.

All you’ll ever need to know about the history of England in one volume » The Spectator.


Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.


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One Response to Monday Links

  1. the unit says:

    History. Will it be made tomorrow? Speaker of the House election.


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