Testing photography rules in Miami metrorail system
m.9.wilson at ntlworld.com
Fri Jul 9 18:26:11 EDT 2010
Bob W wrote:
>>>>Did anyone ask if he was a Soviet mole?
>>>I'm sure I'm not the only one who was thinking about it, but no -
>>>asked. Personally I don't think he was a mole. He left the party in
>>>over the von Ribbentrop pact, had an honourable war record, and could
>>>have been Minister of Defence if there had been any serious doubts
>>>(unless MI6 were playing a very risky game indeed).
>>>Incidentally, at 93 he is almost unrecognisably different from the
>>>silly billy of the 70s.
>>Still, he (almost) singlehandedly stopped the TSR2 programme that was
>>acknowledged to put us at least 25 years ahead of the game at the time.
>> Could have had Ronnie's Star Wars effect 30 year earlier. Can't help
>>but be suspicious and I really don't know if I could resist asking,
>>given the opportunity.
> Pointless - even if he'd heard you, there's only one answer he would have
> There were a few farcical elements to the evening.
> He didn't want to hold a microphone so it was put on a stand that was too
> far from him to pick up his speech properly, so few people could hear what
> he was saying, and because of the size of the hall he couldn't hear what
> people were asking. This meant a lot of shouting and misunderstanding.
> One of the guests was the curator from the IWM who gave a talk a few weeks
> ago (she curated the McCullin exhibition in Manchester). She was asking him
> about photos he took during the war, when he illegally and riskily carried a
> camera, and wanted to come to his house to see them. He didn't appear to
> have the foggiest idea who she was, and seemed distinctly nonplussed by her
> inviting herself like that.
> He was showing slides, using a remote control which the RPS had provided to
> change. Unforunately, the hall we were in had remote controlled window
> blinds, so every time Healey clicked to change a slide, the window blinds
> went up and down. He didn't seem to notice, and rambled on regardless while
> the people in charge used their remote to try and get the blinds down again,
> which changed the slide as well... It was like Dad's Army.
Sounds like his time in government but with laughs.
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