Time Flies

Forty years ago Richard Nixon was president of the USA, fighting a seemingly unwinnable war in a far away country, trying to unite a very divided country and pumping billions of extra dollars into social security at home. How things change – or not: just a few weeks over forty years ago, the president was re-elected for a second term. In France, the last executions by guillotine in the capital city were being administered. The final French victim of that revolutionary blade would feel the cold steel on his neck elsewhere in the country in the late 70’s. The Joy of Sex was published. The FBI was about to hire its first female agents. A plane crashed in the Andes, resulting in the popularisation and social acceptance of cannibalism in modern film and literature.

John F Kennedy had been dead for less than nine years – his assassination was a more recent event forty years ago than 911 is to us today.  In Europe, Iceland decided that it would ignore all international agreements and ‘wage war’ with Britain over fishing rights, and sent eight rather feeble patrol boats out to tackle 28 destroyers and 32 frigates of the Royal Navy.  Fortunately, the Second Cod War mostly featured barrages of foul language rather than live munitions. No one was left dead and all that was hurt were a few feelings.

The Cold War between East and West had begun long ago, and yet the Second War war did not end until 19th October 1972, when Kinshichi Kozuka was shot dead in the Philippines. He was a Japanese soldier, who (like a suprisingly large number of Japanese soldiers)  refused to accept the surrender of his country and carried on fighting. Also on 19th October 1972, exactly 40 years ago, I was born. I don’t have a photo of baby me. This will have to suffice. I was clearly in training for the Third Cod War…

Waiting For A Bite


5 thoughts on “Time Flies

  1. Kim G says:

    ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

    Interesting post. I hope you have an appropriately festive day, and may Mrs. P make you un pastel de tres leches..

    Kim G
    DF, México
    Where the purpose of our visit was to surprise F for his birthday.


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