An air-to-air right side view of, from foreground: an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, an F-111A aircraft, an F-15C Eagle aircraft and an A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The F-16C, F-15C and the A-10A are from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron while the F-111A is from the 431st Test and Evaluation Squadron. The aircraft are in-flight over Hoover Dam.
General Douglas MacArthur kisses the white-gloved hand of Madame Chiang Kai-shek, August 7, 1950 just before he departed Taipei, Formosa after a conference with Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalist government.
“Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid (left center) with General Douglas MacArthur (center) on the flag bridge of USS Phoenix (CL-46) during the pre-invasion bombardment of Los Negros Island, at the east end of Manus Island, 28 February 1944. At right is Colonel Lloyd Labrbas, acting aide to General MacArthur. Note 40mm quad gun mount in the background.”
Every time I
have to take a plane I bring with me a few Cabin Pressure episodes for the
ride. It’s become a tradition. And as I’ll be catching a flight in a few hours,
let’s talk about this wonderful radio series!
Pressure is one of the most celebrated radio sitcoms ever. Written and created
by John Finnemore, directed and produced by David Tyler. It was first
broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 and every now and then you can catch some episodes
on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Also, you can download episodes through iTunes and a few
other podcast apps. A couple years ago I
got the Complete CD Collection as a Christmas present and, if you still use
CDs, it’s totally worth it.
– To be honest I’m not a huge fan of sitcoms. I get bored easily and I cringe
at too much silliness and absurdity. In Cabin Pressure there’s a lot of both,
but somehow it doesn’t feel forced. Is like… when you have never seen anything
from Monthy Python and you start watching the Holy Grail. An important part in
the “fresh humor” feeling is that the four main characters evolve through the
series (some more than others). And as they change and their interactions
change, jokes adapt. The conflicts addressed and its resolution feel natural.
Also, the cabin calls and all of the word games. ALL OF THEM. And the iconic
dynamics between the characters – The four main characters are the two pilots,
the owner and the son (and flight attendant) of a very small charter airline
based at Fitton. Namely, a naïve perfectionist Captain Martin Criff, a seasoned
and smooth First Officer Douglas Richardson, a very bossy Carolyn Knapp-Shappey and a very… brilliant
acting – The main characters are voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin,
Roger Allam as Douglas, Stephanie Cole as Carolyn and John Finnemore as Arthur.
Other characters voiced by Timothy West, Matilda Ziegler, Geoffrey Whitehead or
Anthony Head. I fell completely in love with Roger Allam here.
26 half an hour episodes (the last one a two-parter) spanning all the letters
from A (Abu Dhabi) to Z (Zurich), in a way, reflecting Martin’s journey. The
original broadcast wasn’t exactly in alphabetical order but that was the
intended order, so I’d recommend you to keep it (It’s not very important to
stick to the order in the first season, but the later episodes will make more
sense if you do so).
start then? Well, Abu Dhabi is the intended start but if you find it too silly,
I’d recommend you to give a second try to Douz or Gdansk.
my favorite episodes that will keep me company on the plane behind the cut
[Card Showcase] Three generals serve the Kingdom of Etruria. Cecilia, the Mage General… Perceval, the Knight General…. And Douglas, the Great General! The loyalty of this proud military man is absolute, such that he is willing to sacrifice himself for his kingdom. But when his king is taken hostage, he stands in Roy’s path as a fearsome foe… (Illust. Ippei Soeda)
After this terrible fury, Japan entered a strange seclusion. It withdrew from the world again—not willingly, but under orders from the victors; and not alone, as in the centuries before Perry, but locked in an almost sensual embrace with its American conquerors. And soon enough, it became apparent that the Americans could not or would not let go…
There was no historical precedent for this sort of relationship, nor anything truly comparable elsewhere in the wake of the war. Responsibility for occupied Germany, Japan’s former Axis partner, divided as it was among the United States, England, France, and the Soviet Union, lacked the focused intensity that came with America’s unilateral control over Japan.
Germany also escaped the messianic fervor of General Douglas MacArthur, the post-surrender potentate in Tokyo. For the victors, occupying defeated Germany had none of the exoticism of what took place in Japan: the total control over a pagan, Oriental society by white men who were (unequivocally, in General MacArthur’s view) engaged in a Christian mission. The occupation of Japan was the last immodest exercise in the colonial conceit known as ‘the white man’s burden.’
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, John W. Dower.
Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, commonly known as WAACs, don their first gas masks at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in June 1942. The female troops were famously praised by General Douglas MacArthur, who called them “my best soldiers.”
Downton Abbey - References to Historical Figures + References to Other Fictional Characters and Works
The following are two lists; one are real people who where mentioned on Downton Abbey, and the other is fictional characters and works that were also mentioned in the show. I complied these two lists together (because sometimes I had to research what was indeed being referenced!). As I didn’t know if I’d ever been sharing these lists, I don’t have the episode numbers listed out, but they do go in order by mention.