Two Canaries in a Coal Mine

We open the week with Toby and the terrible winter cold he’s got – which he tells us is far worse than his bout of Covid-19 last year. While he’s on the road and sounds a bit subdued, we throw our best sniffle filter into the mix and the show must go on.

Leading the news is the scuppering of the COP26 coal deal by India and China and the slim prospect of Greta Thunberg now turning her fire on the Chinese Communist Party, plus shoutouts to both David Perry, the hero taxi driver who prevented a suicide bomber from detonating a bomb outside a Remembrance Day Service in Liverpool and to John Cleese, who came to the defence of art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon who got into trouble for imitating Hitler at the Cambridge Union.

In Culture Corner James reaches the halfway mark of 60(!) hours of The Brothers Karimazov, Toby is into The War of the Wolf, and video-wise James recommends Community.

Opening sound this week is Russ Jackson, the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit Chief.

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  1. Taras Coolidge
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    Weird Brothers Karamazov Trivia:  In the 1958 movie adaptation, Alexi, the youngest and most devout Karamazov brother, is played by … William Shatner.

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  2. colleenb Member
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    Hadn’t heard about the part where the cabdriver may have locked the bomber in the cab. I hope it’s true – or as the French would say, if it isn’t true it should be. In this case I think Toby can literally say ‘triggered’ regarding the bomber. Heh.

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  3. colleenb Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Weird Brothers Karamazov Trivia: In the 1958 movie adaptation, Alexi, the youngest and most devout Karamazov brother, is played by … William Shatner.

    Speaking of the British, I’m surprised the BBC or someone hasn’t done an adaption of BK. I remember an adaption of The Possessed for telly back in the 70’s or so. William Shatner was quite good in The Andersonville Trial before he could only be Cap’n Kirk.

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  4. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Weird Brothers Karamazov Trivia: In the 1958 movie adaptation, Alexi, the youngest and most devout Karamazov brother, is played by … William Shatner.

    Speaking of the British, I’m surprised the BBC or someone hasn’t done an adaption of BK. I remember an adaption of The Possessed for telly back in the 70’s or so. William Shatner was quite good in The Andersonville Trial before he could only be Cap’n Kirk.

    Forgot to mention that Shatner’s character is the one the guys referred to as “Alyosha”, which is a Russian nickname for Alexei.

    I remember I enjoyed The Brothers Karamazov more than Crime and Punishment, when I read both novels in college.  BK has that sprawling, Victorian flavor, like a Russian version of Anthony Trollope or Charles Dickens.

    I still remember a line from that 1970s BBC The Possessed.  A leader of the radicals says, “I believe in a future in which all men are slaves — and equal in their slavery!”  The fundamental nature of the Left in one line.

    N.B.:  The Devils is actually a more accurate translation of the title.

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  5. colleenb Member
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    Taras (View Comment):

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Weird Brothers Karamazov Trivia: In the 1958 movie adaptation, Alexi, the youngest and most devout Karamazov brother, is played by … William Shatner.

    Speaking of the British, I’m surprised the BBC or someone hasn’t done an adaption of BK. I remember an adaption of The Possessed for telly back in the 70’s or so. William Shatner was quite good in The Andersonville Trial before he could only be Cap’n Kirk.

    Forgot to mention that Shatner’s character is the one the guys referred to as “Alyosha”, which is a Russian nickname for Alexei.

    I remember I enjoyed The Brothers Karamazov more than Crime and Punishment, when I read both novels in college. BK has that sprawling, Victorian flavor, like a Russian version of Anthony Trollope or Charles Dickens.

    I still remember a line from that 1970s BBC The Possessed. A leader of the radicals says, “I believe in a future in which all men are slaves — and equal in their slavery!” The fundamental nature of the Left in one line.

    N.B.: The Devils is actually a more accurate translation of the title.

    Agree wholeheartedly on your last line. This is why I thought James should have read The Devils next. Dostoyevsky was so prescient in that one which is why he is one of the greats I guess.

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