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Arrived Moscow. It’s cold and the traffic is appalling. Everyone pleasant & friendly though.

The flight’s a super-redeye, nine hours time difference. Gotta crash. Radio interview in the morning. Meanwhile, some non-Russia-related titbits:

— James Piereson, author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism, takes a twelve-bore to Frank Rich here.

● Expressway in England blocked by 20-ton Marmite spill. As some commenters point out, should be no problem: you just need 200 tons of toast to spread it all on.

● A reader:

Derb, I assume you are a fan of the great Royal Navy adjectival ship names (except for the confusion inherent in having many names ending in “-ous” and “-able”).

As the Royal Navy prepares for a 21st Century non-war with Iran, How about coming up with a list of modern analogues such as:

HMS Cautious
HMS Deterrable
HMS Ambivalent
HMS Reluctant
HMS Repentant

and the new flagship HMS Apology.

I think that’s already more capital ships than the poor old RN has nowadays. Sir Francis Drake would be turning in his grave if he had one. (He was buried at sea.)



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