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I Knew There Must Have Been More to This…

Scandal (1989) At the time of the Profumo Affair, as it is known, the idea that a ‘call girl’ could be sleeping with a government minister under Harold Macmillan and associating with a Soviet consular official at the same time … Continue reading

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Who is the Doctor?

Doctor Who: Season 12 Who said the Doctor has to be a man? The latest season opened last night on BBC One and BBC America. As usual it was full of farcical moments, and some ‘funny’ performances by the guest … Continue reading

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Hidden Code: Put Inside a Computer

Putin’s Idea Since I don’t really know what’s going on in the world of cyber spying, I have to rely upon my dream prompts. This one has come up more than once, including last night. But the twist is that … Continue reading

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Recruiting a Spy

Hook Just let me say from the outset that I am not reviewing Len Deighton’s trilogy here, although I could because it is an excellent way to tell a story. In the first and second books, he presented the story … Continue reading

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A Meddlesome Priest on PBS

Father Brown I never thought I’d be writing about this show, which comes on twice weekly on the PBS. But last night episode (S6, E5) entitled “The Face of the Enemy” had a few outstanding features about it, notwithstanding the … Continue reading

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Scandal at St. Mike’s

St. Michael’s (Catholic) College, Toronto In some ways, it was a story waiting to happen: media outlets inform the police that an indecent video is being shared on the internet. The incident happened at a Catholic boy’s private high school. … Continue reading

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We’re All Bozos on This Bus

The Firesign Theatre (1971) This was one of Rob Rudd‘s favourite albums. And the reason I’m highlighting its catch phrase today is the dream I had last night. In the dream, I experienced a sensation similar to what I can … Continue reading

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Breaking the Law: Our Spies

James Bond The concept of a secret agent having a “licence to kill” was not created out of thin air by Ian Fleming after WWII. And 007 was not the first either. (There were obviously six other agents before him.) … Continue reading

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Impossible Mission: Regime Change

The Impossible Missions Force The term ‘black ops’ is more common now than when this television show premiered in 1966. And there seemed something ‘real’ about it, even though it was supposed to be a fantasy. Especially the opening sequence … Continue reading

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How to Solve an Enigma

Alan Turing: The Enigma There are two versions of this same cover: the one shown above and the one where Benedict Cumberbatch turns and faces the camera, revealing his character. (Side note: Benedict Cumberbatch is a relative of Alan Turing.) … Continue reading

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