By the end of the war, Perigoe's network – which she passed on to King – amounted "certainly to scores, probably to hundreds" of Nazi sympathisers, mainly in the London area, in an operation the MI5 files describe as "the most valuable single source of information" about subversive fascist intentions in Britain. … [Read more...] about Secret files reveal successful MI5 plot to identify Nazi sympathisers in Britain
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Without a job to return to, she stayed with the 60ft yacht as it travelled down to Portsmouth on England’s south coast, helping out with a two-month renovation before joining its next voyage across the Atlantic. “I just said: ‘I could do that,’ as you do when you’re 19,” laughs Aspen. Once in Antigua, she cooked for wealthy tourists who chartered the yacht before it was hired by the Canadian film-maker Gregory Colbert to track sperm whales for his film Ashes and Snow. … [Read more...] about They got their dream job away from it all – but what happened next?
The British government says it "will require transport fuel suppliers to report on the carbon saving and sustainability of the biofuels they supply". But it will not require them to do anything. It can't: its consultants have already shown that if it tries to impose wider environmental standards on biofuels, it will fall foul of world trade rules. And even "sustainable" biofuels merely occupy the space that other crops now fill, displacing them into new habitats. It promises that one day there will be a "second generation" of biofuels, made from straw or grass or wood. But there are still major technical obstacles. By the time the new fuels are ready, the damage will have been done. … [Read more...] about If we want to save the planet, we need a five-year freeze on biofuels
Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said people who have returned from Hubei province in China, or have had contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of the virus, are being asked to stay at their home for 14 days unless seeking medical advice. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Australian students get conflicting advice about return to school
Graham wasn't the first of Ambler's protagonists to be trained, as Ambler was, as an engineer. In Cause for Alarm, Nicholas Marlow loses his job on the day he proposes to his girlfriend. After several weeks of trying to find new employment, he accepts, not without misgivings, and with the disapproval of a socialist friend, a position in the Milan office of a British firm which manufactures machines that make artillery shells. No sooner does he arrive in Italy than he is approached by various spies of uncertain affiliation (including one Andreas Zaleshoff), all eager for information about how the fascist government is arming itself. Marlow, whose predecessor was not only involved in espionage but murdered, at first wants nothing to do with these people, but a roughing up at the hands of fascist thugs changes his mind. Caught up in a tangle of espionage and counter-espionage, he eventually falls foul of the authorities. Trapped on the wrong side of a continent rolling towards war, with a … [Read more...] about Dangerous games