A Roadmap to Where?

Congratulations to us. We have a podcast! Last week, due to some technical problems on Toby’s end we lost not one, but two attempts at production. This week we pulled out all the stops, put several redundant systems in place and, of course, none of it was needed. Go figure.

After lamenting that which could have been, we’re on to the matter at hand: Monday was D-Day for the Johnson Government. The Prime Minister has unveiled his roadmap to reopening UK society. Are you getting the jab for a Covid Passport?

Then the soap opera that is When Harry Met Meghan continues with special guest star Oprah Winfrey.

In the Culture Corner, Toby slogs his way through the first two installments of IP Man, the first of which was OK and the second one? Let’s just say President Xi is moonlighting as a screenwriter.

James is recommending ZeroZeroZero (Sky Atlantic, Canal+ and Prime Video) an Italian crime drama.

And lastly, going where no podcast has gone before, a discussion of the works of Bernard Cornwell. (Ok, we’ve been there before…)

This week’s opening sound is the PM announcing his “roadmap” in the House on Monday.

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  1. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Glad to hear the lads. Thanks for the heads up on Ip Man. I’d heard of it but had no idea it was so pro-CCP.

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  2. Joe D. Lincoln
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    youre not really selling me on ip man…

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  3. Architectus Coolidge
    Architectus
    @Architectus

    OK, on the topic of Ip Man:  saw the first one, interesting history of the man with well done martial arts choreography.  And a few memorably funny scenes like the one with his son on the tricycle with a message from his mother, Ip Man’s wife.  The CCP propaganda was tolerable, only because it was generally trashing the Japanese, who kind of deserve it for how they prosecuted the war.  But right at the end, it was laugh-out-loud funny to see the lines of text that appear to complete the story before the credits roll.  In part it reads:

    On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrendered unconditionally.  The Chinese won and ended a war that lasted eight long years.  

    Anything missing here?  ;-)  

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  4. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    Architectus (View Comment):

    OK, on the topic of Ip Man: saw the first one, interesting history of the man with well done martial arts choreography. And a few memorably funny scenes like the one with his son on the tricycle with a message from his mother, Ip Man’s wife. The CCP propaganda was tolerable, only because it was generally trashing the Japanese, who kind of deserve it for how they prosecuted the war. But right at the end, it was laugh-out-loud funny to see the lines of text that appear to complete the story before the credits roll. In part it reads:

    On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrendered unconditionally. The Chinese won and ended a war that lasted eight long years.

    Anything missing here? ;-)

    Even more than you think:  the Chinese who fought the Japanese for 13 years were the Nationalists, not the Communists.  Except for one campaign in 1940, the Reds sat out the war.  Then fell upon the exhausted Nationalists once the war was safely over.

    Truman’s failure to help the Nationalists is the greatest foreign policy failure in American history.  He didn’t know the advice to do nothing was coming from Soviet agents and communist sympathizers in the State Department.

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