August 25th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

[The Yorkshire Ranter]( is well worth reading, for the incidental comments as much as for the main thrust of the posts. His [Review]( of a history of the AK-47 nicely explains:

Mikhail Kalashnikov’s background as the son of kulaks exiled to Siberia, and his running away to join the engineers – he fled the penal colony and jumped a train, eventually landing an apprenticeship in the Turk-Sib railway yards. This is something a lot of people fail to realise about the Soviet Union; as well as a bureaucratic tyranny, it was (especially up to the 1940s) a continent on the move, full of transients and orphans and bastards and geniuses.


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Best Obituary ever?

August 6th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

Rob (WINOLJ) posted this on Facebook, and I feel obliged to propagate.

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