[lit-ideas] Sunday Twofer

  • From: David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:11:36 -0700

Does it really matter if you have a tin ear?  I mean does it really matter if 
you have a tin ear?  All these guys putting their rules up to our faces, 
measuring from here to here, saying what goes?  Face to face in interviews they 
want to know if you'll come through, so they watch you in your eyes, connect up 
the dots, assess the apostolic in your faces.  They squeeze your hand to see 
what drops out.  What you probably don't know is when you close the door 
behind, when they're gone from view, they lick each other's ears.  Can't get 
enough of that tin.  Can't get enough of that tongue.  Love how it shines.  In 
their dark-suited night.

I learned on that Alfred burned cakes and Canute made waves... by trying to 
stop them.  This was how history went.  So then I developed a juvenile's 
interest in war.  All that noise and thrill and general bigness, all that 
weight.  I knew from an early age that to aid Singapore's defence Churchill 
ordered the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse," two capitol ships, also four 
destroyers, to intercept a Japanese invasion fleet.  And I knew that the big 
ships were sunk by planes.  Recently I was in Singapore, so I looked this up 
why was there no air cover.  One aircraft carrier was allocated in November, 
before Pearl Harbor you'll note, to Force G (crafty code name for the fleet), 
but it ran aground off Jamaica.  Another one set off, but proved too slow.  
There was a plan for land-based air cover.  There was hope that the "Prince of 
Wales'" latest and most up-to-date radar would suffice.  It was buggered by the 
climate.  There was a general under-estimation of the Japanese.  At least they 
were none of the ships was named "Invincible," which seems a silly thing to 
call a man of war.  The French started that, and had theirs captured by the 
Brits.  Since then there have been a further six in the Royal Navy.  The 
irony's in their ends.  My boat's named the "Really Quite Vincible."  Carry on.

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon

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