Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

This week James “Scorched Earth” Delingpole and Toby “Forgive and Forget” Young square off about attacking all of James’ former allies (including Dan Hannan and Chris Snowdon) and in this week’s pandemic news, is “Zero Covid” really a workable idea?

Culturally we cover The Dig (Netflix), the story of the UK’s greatest archeological find at Sutton Hoo, the Israeli series Losing Alice (AppleTV+), and because Toby is a member of Bafta (Have we ever mentioned that?) the Tom Hanks movie News of the World.

Surprisingly, there is a segment on the writings of Bernard Cornwell.

This week’s opening sound is Sky News’ Ali Fortescue reporting on the government’s plans for quarantine hotels.

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  1. Hammer, The Member
    Hammer, The
    @RyanM

    I will have to listen to see what Dan Hannon’s offense is…  but I have always really like him.

    Then again, I always liked National Review, too.  But that is an organization, and while some of its writers went off the deep end (but was Jim Geraghty ever that good to begin with?), the bigger problem is that they have had massive turnover and their new crop of writers is not very good.

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  2. Heisenberg Member
    Heisenberg
    @Heisenberg

    I find this show a delight to listen to, but I will not sit still while a Brit (!) criticizes American food.  I’m afraid you’ve both gone too far this time!

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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Heisenberg: I find this show a delight to listen to, but I will not sit still while a Brit (!) criticizes American food. I’m afraid you’ve both gone too far this time!

    I have not had the opportunity to partake, but I’ve read (and been told) by friends that any food in Europe that has cheese in it is superior to what we produce in the States simply because of our pasteurization laws. It is illegal to import or sell cheese in America made from raw milk and/or aged less than 60 days. 

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  4. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Heisenberg: I find this show a delight to listen to, but I will not sit still while a Brit (!) criticizes American food. I’m afraid you’ve both gone too far this time!

    I have not had the opportunity to partake, but I’ve read (and been told) by friends that any food in Europe that has cheese in it is superior to what we produce in the States simply because of our pasteurization laws. It is illegal to import or sell cheese in America made from raw milk and/or aged less than 60 days.

    European cheese is definitely better. I think when they visit America they go to the bad restaurants. 

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  5. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    I watched The Dig on Netflix.

    Great cast but pretty dull:  what they found at Sutton Hoo in 1939 was amazing, but the process of digging it up was not very dramatic, or even interesting.

    The movie is based on a novel, not directly on history. So if the Lily James character is fictional, I don’t mind very much.  

    For the same reason I didn’t mind very much that they replaced a bearded, hairy real guy with Felicity Jones in The Aeronauts (2019).

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  6. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    The interesting thing about News of the World is that Tom Hanks’ character is a former Confederate officer, somebody whose monument would be torn down by the powers that be, if he ever had a monument.

    Except for a silly incident in which the hero single-handedly overthrows a frontier dictator, it’s pretty good.

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  7. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    Taras (View Comment):

    I watched The Dig on Netflix.

    Great cast but pretty dull: what they found at Sutton Hoo in 1939 was amazing, but the process of digging it up was not very dramatic, or even interesting.

    Same! I wanted to see the cool stuff they actually dug up! Didn’t much care about the photographer being shipped off to the front or the archaeologist struggling with his sexuality.

    But Voldemort was really great.

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  8. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Charlotte: Didn’t much care about the photographer being shipped off to the front or the archaeologist struggling with his sexuality.

    One of my favorite places on the web is History vs Hollywood. Here is their take on The Dig (Click on the pic):

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  9. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ
    @DJEJ

    Haven’t seen The Dig, but the excavation at Sutton Hoo was a key topic in my history of archaeology lectures, mostly for being an early example of good stratigraphic excavation methodology.

    Can’t agree with Toby on Sutton Hoo being the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century, though. Sorry, it doesn’t come close to the discovery and opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. It was a worldwide sensation and sparked a cultural and artistic obsession with all things Egyptian.

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