Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is It A Cockroach?

Or a producer?

Outside Edit 14 at ABC Washington.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bicycling In The Rain

I stopped under a bridge to get this video of the trail. About eight more miles at this point.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Badass of the Week: Odette Hallowes

She was born in France in 1912. When World War 2 began she was married to an Englishman and living in Somerset, England with her husband and three young daughters.

She volunteered for war duty, put her three daughters into a convent school, and was infiltrated into France as part of the "Spindle" network on October 31, 1942.

On April 16, 1943 she was arrested by the Gestapo. Classified records released in 2003 indicate that her toenails were pulled out and she was branded with hot irons.

She refused to talk.

The Gestapo sometimes took pictures of their victims before execution. This unfortunate soul, whose name is lost to history, is probably a Resistance agent.

Odette was sent to Ravensbruck, the women's concentration camp, for execution. She somehow survived the war and was awarded the George Cross.

She is not the only woman to have received the George Cross, but she is the only woman not to have received it posthumously.

She is on the right. The George Cross is the blue medal.

After her liberation by the American Fifth Army, she later said, "The first night of my release was unforgettable. It was a glorious night, full of stars and very cold.

"The Americans wanted to find me a bed for the night, but I preferred to sit in the car.

"It was so long since I had seen the night sky."

Odette Hallowes died in 1995.

There is more in William Stevenson's book "A Man Called Intrepid".

Release of classified records, in The Telegraph.

Her obituary, in The Independent.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Come in. I'll put on a pot of Bourbon."

This movie didn't get very good reviews but it's one of my favorites.

Shirley MacLaine steals every scene.

Directed by Rob Reiner.

Night Crossing

A bridge on the W&OD trail, about 9:30 PM Friday.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fatal Road-Rage Shooting In Maryland

Shooter was New Jersey police officer. He is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and is being held on $1 million bond.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Colorado Recall

"...recall organizers turned in over 16,000 signatures, compared to the only 13,866 votes Morse received in his last election in 2010."

Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Late Nite Biking

On the trail at night.