Sunday, September 15, 2002

Some recent images of New York

A memoir of a love affair with New York.

Bombing history of the US since WW2 (courtesy of New Internationalist)
China 1945-46, 1950-53
Korea 1950-53
Guatemala 1954, 1960, 1967-69
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-61
Congo 1964
Peru 1965
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Lebanon 1983-84
Grenada 1983
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Panama 1989
Bosnia 1985
Sudan 1998
Former Yugoslavia 1999
Iraq 1991-20??
Afghanistan 1998, 2001-02

Another life expectancy thing. This one tells me I will live to be 78, which is ok by me. It also points out that I have far more behind me than I do in front of me, which is a bit depressing, I suppose. May as well chuck meself in the cut.

St Mirren Syndrome: a good Times article on supporting Portsmouth. Mark Burchill gets a mention. I was reading it , thinking, it's just like supporting the Blues, when it mentioned their goalie in the sixties, who used to black his eyes up. Just like Jim Herriot, who played every single game for us in the 1966-7 season, the year I first started going, and my life expectancy started to diminish.

I started reading Pagan Babies by Elmore Leonard the other night. I felt a bit uneasy about it as it dealt with the genocide in Rwanda. Now I don't think thriller writers should be excluded from exploring big themes, James Lee Burke and George P Pelecanos sort of do it in their differing ways, quite succesfully. It's not what you expect from Leonard though; brilliant as he is, he writes entertainments Then I came across this in the New York Times.
I think old Elmore can wait, there has been far too much to think about this week. I will start another Evanovich.
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