‘The true crime story that keeps on giving’: Why we can’t get enough of Kim Philby and the Cambridge spies

On 9 November 1955, the world’s media crowded into a fourth-floor flat in South Kensington in London, their cameras trained on a self-assured man in his forties, speaking with the clipped accent and unshakeable confidence that is drilled into a certain class of British male through years of expensive schooling. He answers the questions posed by his American interviewer with few words, sometimes accompanied by the flicker of a smile, a slight air of ennui, as if he is bored with the whole charade.His name is Harold Adrian Russell Philby, known to his friends, and now the world, as Kim. The interviewer...
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A Spy Among Friends review: ITVX’s big-budget adaptation is like a slug of hot mulled wine

Just a couple of weeks from now, families will be gathered round Christmas trees, sharing mince pieces, singing yuletide songs, and unwrapping presents. And all over the country, dads – who’ve spent a lifetime receiving socks and ties – will be squeezing their rectangular packages. What could it be? A DVD of Saving Private Ryan? A box of Ferrero Rochers? Or the latest book by popular historian Ben Macintyre, whose accounts of modern British history are adored by men of a certain age?Macintyre’s works include Rogue Heroes (adapted for a BBC TV series) and Operation Mincemeat (a hit in cinemas...
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Ukraine's custom drone strikes showed Russia it can hit Moscow, doesn't fear more escalation

Ukraine is believed to have sent three, maybe four, modified Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-141 Strizh (Swift) drones deep into Russian territory on Sunday and Monday, targeting airbases being used to attack Ukrainian cities. Russia said one of drones killed three Russian military personnel at Dyagilevo military base, about 300 miles from the closest Ukrainian-held territory — and only 100 miles from Moscow.  Jet-powered Tu-141 surveillance drones, made in the 1970s and 1980s, have a range of up to 620 miles. The ones used this week were modified by Ukraine, using Ukrainian technology, Politico reports. "The modifications showcase the ability of the Ukrainian...

Today in History: December 8, U.S. enters World War II

Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2022. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1765, Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio. In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks. In 1980, rock star and former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. In 1991, AIDS patient Kimberly Bergalis, who had contracted the disease from her dentist, died in...

Ukrainian Long-Range Drone Attacks Expose Russian Air Defenses; Ukraine Hits Russian Airfields, Moscow Strikes Back With Barrage; Ukraine Downs 60 Russian Missiles Amid Another Mass Strike on Energy System; Support for War ‘Falling Significantly’ Among Russian Public, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

NY POST: Ukrainian long-range drone attacks expose Russian air defenses:. A third Russian airfield was ablaze on Tuesday from a drone strike, a day after Ukraine demonstrated an apparent new ability to penetrate hundreds of kilometers deep into Russian air space with attacks on two Russian air bases. Officials in...

Best Submarine Movie

Best Submarine Movie – High octane action thrillers, action movies, scenes, stunts, characters, chases, explosions, etc. i.e. displayed slowly. This is a list of the best underwater movies. Who doesn’t love a good submarine movie? Be open. You know that every time you see a trailer for a new submarine movie, or hear about a great submarine movie you’ve never seen before, you get super excited and feel like your head is about to explode… from the pressure. It’s an underwater joke. Water. …Depth.

Ukraine used home-modified drones to strike Russian bases

Ukraine struck two Russian bases hundreds of miles from its border using domestically-modified Soviet-era drones, signaling a deadly new capability for a country that relies mostly on imported weapons to fend off Russian advances. The drones used in the attack, according to two people familiar with the operation, were modified...

Russia and Ukraine enter grim winter campaign as war losses mount

Russian and Ukrainian forces fought vicious battles in Ukraine’s east without significant territorial changes over the past week, the 41st of the war, with neither side showing any willingness for immediate negotiations to put an end to the fighting. Meanwhile, Ukraine scored its deepest strikes in Russian territory yet...

Out of the Public Eye, a Debate Is Raging Over a Postwar Ukraine Economy

With Russian missiles pounding apartment buildings, power plants, schools and roads, a glimmering vision of a reconstructed postwar Ukraine seems impossibly far off. But an urgent battle of ideas has already begun over how to manage what would be the most extensive rebuilding project in Europe since the end of World War II.

Early Jet Fighters

Early Jet Fighters – The bottom line: These fighters wanted to attack the Nazis, but instead ended up fighting communist North Korea. This is how the F-80s did during that war. On November 8, 1950, a flight of four straight-wing planes landed at an airport in Sinuiju, North Korea...

Throwback Thursday: Scouts heat water for showers

These are some highlights from the News Journal on December 8, 1941:. ‘U.S. DECLARES WAR; Hawaiian Casualties 3,000’. “WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted a formal declaration of war against Japan today after the president requested immediate action as an answer to Japan’s ’ unprovoked and dastardly attack’ on Hawaii.

The new kilonova has astronomers rethinking what we know about gamma ray bursts

A year ago, astronomers detected a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) that lasted about two minutes, and named it GRB 211211A. Now this unusual event upends the long-held assumption that longer GRBs are the signature signature of a massive star going supernova. Instead, two independent teams of scientists have identified the source as the so-called “kilonovacaused by the merger of two neutron stars, according to A new leaf Published in the journal Nature. Since neutron star mergers were supposed to produce only short GRBs, the discovery of a hybrid event involving a kilonova with a long GBR is surprising.