A Hitch in Time: Writings from the London Review of Books

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A Hitch in Time: Writings from the London Review of Books

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The bay of Elefsina, the modern name for ancient Eleusis, is a graveyard for ships named after gods and nymphs... I seen A Hitch In Time many years ago when I was younger when BBC1 screened it one afternoon during the children's programmes after school.

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Michael McVey and Pheona McLellan both give good performances in their respective roles as Paul and Fiona, the two children who, after getting the professor out of the machine which he has invented, have to be careful with themselves when they go on an adventure. The first is when, despite his being largely unimpressed by his firstborn’s complete disinclination for sport, and fully aware that he had “some kind of Red for a son”, the perhaps 25-year-old Hitch discovers that his decidedly-Conservative father has been keeping tabs on his career in leftist journalism. He has been giving friends subscriptions to the New Statesman and, one afternoon after Hitch has returned from war-torn Lebanon, calls him “to say that he had admired my article and, while I was still searching for the words in which to respond, he in effect doubled the stakes by saying that he thought it had been ‘rather brave’ of me to go there”. The gentleman proceeded to give high praise to my speech. He underlined the fascistic nature of the junta and went on to call attention to its aggressive design on the Falkland Islands, where lived an ancient community of British farmers and fishermen. In 1978 this didn’t seem to be a geopolitical detail of any consuming interest, but I do remember agreeing with him that when challenged about its own depredations, the Argentine Right invariably tried to change the subject to the injustice of British possession of the Falklands. She said she’d thought that it was excellent, and then went on to tell me just how galling she had found it that Jacobo’s son, Héctor (exile and US citizen, journalist and founder of the Americas half of Human Rights Watch) had in later life become Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Kirchner government. From 2010 –15 he made a major point of reigniting the hitherto fractionally quieter sovereignty argument over the Falkland Islands, announcing that they would “be under [Argentinian] control within 20 years”.

President Kennedy went to the brink, as the saying invariably goes, over Cuba. I shall never forget where I was standing and what I was doing on the day he nearly killed me. (It was on the touchline, being forced to watch a rugby game, that I overheard some older boys discussing the likelihood of our annihilation.) … We were left to wonder how the adult world could be ready to gamble itself, and the life of all the subsequent and for that matter preceding generations, on a sordid squabble over a banana republic … I have changed my mind on a number of things since, including almost everything to do with Cuba, but the idea that we should be grateful for having been spared, and should shower our gratitude upon the supposed Galahad of Camelot for his gracious lenience in opting not to commit genocide and suicide, seemed a bit creepy. When Kennedy was shot the following year, I knew myself somewhat apart from this supposedly generational trauma in that I felt no particular sense of loss at the passing of such a high-risk narcissist. If I registered any distinct emotion, it was that of mild relief. If you are in Australia or New Zealand (DVD Region 4), note that almost all DVDs distributed in the UK by the BBC and 2entertain are encoded for both Region 2 and Region 4. The UK and Australasia are in the same Blu-ray region (B). Yes, he was in office during the Bay of Pigs (he thought he was too new to stop that particular freight-train) but he put his foot down & refused to use the air force to save the invasion. And thereafter fired Allen Dulles (something UnHeard of) & vowed to smash the CIA into a thousand pieces.

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I forget how exactly his reasoning for the continued occupation went. Something about the 101st being the only bastion fighting for secular values, when the military was doing anything but that, whatever one said about those allayed against them (who were definitely religious but he didn't seem to ask why).

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