READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

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Post by Stanley » 11 Oct 2017, 05:28

If he did it wouldn't be an exciting life.....
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Post by Stanley » 12 Oct 2017, 03:30

As I mentioned before, Dr Bridger is very hot on the bad effects of masturbation. It has reminded me of something a friend of mine told me about his experience of sex education at boarding school, and this was in the 1950s..... The master charged with the task had only one piece of advice, "Never masturbate in railway carriages!".
I don't know how many of you listen to Woman's Hour in the mornings on R4, I never miss it, one of the most sensible programmes on radio! This week, following the reports of child on child abuse they have been discussing sex education in early life, particularly in schools. What struck me is that in many cases these expert ladies (they were all ladies) are only called in when there has been an untoward incident. They should be part of the curriculum, some very sensible views.
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Post by PanBiker » 12 Oct 2017, 11:28

On our holiday I finished reading "Agent Zigzag" by Ben Macintyre. It's the story of our most successful and notorious double agent of World War II. They say truth is stranger than fiction and this story is no exception. It tells the tale of Eddy Chapman who was a habitual criminal, womaniser and proper jack the lad, he enjoyed the thrill of criminality rather than the actual crimes he committed in and around London.

He escaped to Jersey at the beginning of the war to avoid (he thought) the long arm of the law but was imprisoned there on a minor unrelated manner just before the Germans invaded and took control of the island. He ended up being transferred to mainland France but told the Germans that he was prepared to work for them as a spy in exchange for money. The Germans trained him in all things spy like and gave him a mission (to blow up the De Havilland Mosquito factory) and chucked him out a plane in the dead of night over Norfolk. He went to the nearest farm and promptly turned himself in asking the farmer to ring Scotland Yard where he offered his tale and services to our spooks of the time.

They took him up on the offer and ran a disinformation campaign via his scheduled radio transmissions back to his German handlers. We feigned his given mission over here with some clever pyrotechnics and scenery provided by Jasper Maskelyne the trickster who developed inflatable tanks and aircraft for deception purposes. It was good enough to fool German air reconnaissance anyway. He was eventually sent back to France to the German Abwehr who accepted him as hero, gave him even more money another mission and another night flight to Norfolk. In the meantime during training for that, Eddy (who had a photographic memory) had been sent to Germany to be decorated with an Iron Cross. He saw top secret plans for V weapons and committed to memory everything technical that he had been given access to.

Groundhog day for our hero on his second mission for the Germans, he was back with our SOE within one day of his parachute drop. We used the trajectory information that he had committed to memory to successfully dupe the Germans via radio reports into over or under ranging a good proportion of the V1's lobbed at London.

He had a string of women in the UK, France, Germany and Norway and one that he left by jumping through a window at a hotel when escaping the long arm of the law when it all started. He had the spooks on both sides of the channel keep his lady friends in accommodation and allowance all throughout the duration of the war. He had a child to one in the UK but ended up after the war with the one he abandoned at the restaurant.

He was paid by the UK and the Germans but he spent most of the money on his frivolous lifestyle. The Germans gave him an Iron Cross and we gave him immunity from prosecution for his criminal past. He continued after the war on the fringes of the criminal underworld and was once many years later hauled before magistrates after a fight in pub, he did his own defence and said that in no way would he have hit the bloke over the head with a glass, "I could have killed him with my bare hands". The magistrate agreed and he walked away.

A proper ripping yarn all supported by previously classified "Ultra" documentation. I will look out for some other title by the same author he has covered "Operation Mincemeat" the dead body ruse to cover the landings in Sicily, and "Double Cross" the misinformation campaign for a Calais invasion fleet to cover for the Normandy landings.
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