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October 24, 2012

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Chris Williams

Wow. Just, wow. It's like the Captain of Kopenick case, re-staged for the early C21st. Con-men are truly the bellweathers of the age.

Richard J

Crikey. Just crikey. Accounts of political conmen do seem to cluster (well, the only other one I can think of was that strange libertarian one a few years back) around that end of the spectrum, don't they?

(Dunning-Kruger effect meets unearned and unexamined privilege, eh?)

jamie

It would be really interesting to do a history of the world through the various refractions of the 'conman's imaginary', maybe starting with the Spanish Prisoner.

Barry Freed

The "conman's imaginary." I like the ring of that and I would eagerly read such a book.

Chris Williams

If only I had a whole run of _Police Gazette and Hue and Cry_ to hand. Wait, hang on...

I was going to write a history of criminal statistics next, but this is much more fun. On the other hand, Jamie could do it better. Jamie?

jamie

Dunno. If you're still in Manchester next week, maybe we could discuss it over a pint with Phil.

Chris Williams

Yes, that sounds like a plan.

Richard J

I feel like some watcher of the skies right now.

ajay

When I retire and start a microbrewery, I will produce a porter (or possibly an IPA) called Watcher of the Skies. Series of adverts of people recalling a hard day at work, watching their team win a match, etc, turning to camera and remarking "Then felt I like some Watcher of the Skies." (raises glass) "Cheers."

Chris Williams

Brew a stout. Call it 'Cortez'.

dsquared

I will start a microbrewery called "Chicken Tonight".

Barry Freed

Chris Williams, please pick up your internet at the front desk.

Richard, thanks very much for that recommendation of Michael Jones' book on Stalingrad. The description of Rodimtsev's 13th Guards assaulting across the Volga in broad daylight even as the Germans were pouring into the city and threatening to take the ferry crossing was one of the most thrilling things I've ever read. It's right up there with Anabasis in my imagination of awe-inspiring moments in military lit.

Only thing is it's far too short. Looks like I may get around to Glantz after all (have you btw?)

belle le triste

Chapman's Homebrew

Richard J

There's no company of that name at Companies House. Just saying, like.

ajay

Brew a stout. Call it 'Cortez'.

Damn it.

belle le triste

In which a dishonest and incompetent blowhard is revealed for the fool he has always been? I couldn't possibly comment.

Guano

"My impression of Gilligan is of a rude man who needs to realise that bloggers and journalists should work together for the greater good, rather than patronising those who share a common interest in revealing the truth in the public interest. He also needs to realise it is a better person who admits that he makes a mistake and works to correct that, rather than being blinded by his own pride."

Precisely.

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