Not sure what has moved me to resurrect this old post, but here are two letters I sent to the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism from May 2010 and then May 2014 on a fragment of medical advice from the distant past:
‘Eels, being put into wine or beer, and suffered to die in it, he that drinks it will never endure that sort of liquor again’
The whole point of #Inktober is to draw and share … which I have failed to do a) by not keeping up and b) by being not very good at drawing. Still, if something is worth doing it is worth doing badly… here are a couple of efforts:
Joachim Rønneberg has died. He was the last living link with the heroics of the Norwegian resistance’s sabotage of the Nazi driver for the atomic bomb, via infiltration of the Norsk Hydro plant. The story was rather fictionalised in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Neal Bascomb’s The Winter Fortress is a good account of the incredible stories of these modest, brave and resourceful men.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Joachim Rønneberg, last living member of the 1943 Gunnerside operation against the heavy water plant at Vemork, passed away this morning, aged 99. A true hero, who inspired generations of special ops. <a href=”https://t.co/hiV0pdezKr”>https://t.co/hiV0pdezKr</a></p>— Malfrid (@Malfrid_BH) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Malfrid_BH/status/1053976022851432455?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 21, 2018</a></blockquote> https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The last of the Heroes of Telemark, Joachim Rønneberg (99) has passed away. He led <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/OperationGunnerside?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#OperationGunnerside</a> against Nazi Germany’s heavy water production plant in occupied Norway, which could have been used to produce nuclear weapons <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#RIP</a> <a href=”https://t.co/VobGseykRJ”>pic.twitter.com/VobGseykRJ</a></p>— Torunn Viste (@Tvistee) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Tvistee/status/1054037980502024192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 21, 2018</a></blockquote> https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
From Fabula Argentea, here is a nice little vignette by Gordon Cash:
In a rare idle hour, I watched the two ancient-looking men play chess. The Parks Department had installed several granite tables, each incised with a chessboard and flanked by two concrete benches and enough space for kibitzers. Players needed only bring their own pieces. At one table, the two men sat.
It was such fine weather—bright sunshine, clean-smelling air, sounds of breezes ruffling the nearby trees—that many people were in the park, playing checkers or chess or backgammon, jogging, or just sitting. Something about these two men was different.
After maybe ten minutes of watching, I noticed one thing. They were not playing chess at all. My chess is beginner-level at best, but I know how the pieces move. The men concentrated, exchanged a few words between moves, sometimes took a piece from the board, but their moves were random.
I thought they were just too senile to know what they were doing, so I hesitated to move closer. Finally, I did anyway. Within earshot, I discovered that, if their moves were random, their words were clear and focused.
The first ones I made out plainly were, “The doors into the movie theater were directly under the screen.” The speaker moved one of his bishops, not, as always in chess, along a diagonal.
The other man responded, “The Florey Theater, named for an early real estate developer.” He took one of his knights, not in the path of the bishop, from the board and set it aside. “Good one.”
Errant-bishop smiled. After a minute’s thought, One-knight ventured, “Free parking lot off a one-lane, one-way street that nobody knew about.” Less than confidently, he pushed a pawn forward.
What is going on? Read the whole thing at Fabula Argentea.
Here is a refreshingly different spin on the word:
— Cab (@cabtastic) October 18, 2018
I liked the clarity and strength of this image:
— MicrowaveOfDeath (@DeathsMicrowave) October 18, 2018
And this spin on the Botticelli’s Venus:
— 七味 (@proseidon) October 18, 2018
Joel Furches brings us a riff on a familiar image from Westerns:
— Joel Furches (@JoelFurches) October 18, 2018
— Tachion [タチオン] (@TachionT29) October 18, 2018