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bachophile last edited by bachophile
ive always been a sucker for all things maritime, maybe in a previous life i was a naval officer somewhere...anyway my latest naval adventure is this...
i was a bit familiar with the story of the naval engagement at actium, enough that in the past I looked at google maps to see the area from a birds eye view and even landed at actium airport in flight simulator a ways back.
so...true story, was on one of many of my (real, not sim) flights on the TLV-Milano route on a clear day glancing out the window, i see us flying over the corinthian canal (a geographical landmark impossible to miss) into the gulf of corinth heading north west and sure enough there it was....the ambracian gulf, actium, (the airport runway on the tip of thesouthern cape just like in FS) and i thought wow, thats the place where ocatvian defeated marc antony and cleopatra. Im such a nerd. this is the view from one of space shuttles, looking west to east
And for the truly nerdy, here is a nice video of landing at the airport at actium which shows the geography well, this approach flies west to east and turns over the gulf to land east to west on runway 25.Link to video
Ok u can’t have landing without a takeoff. This one leaves on the same runway 25 and turns right (north) over the Ionian Sea giving a great view of the entrance channel to the gulf.Link to video
Maritime history. The absolute best thing in the world.
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@bachophile Cool story and map!!
kluurs last edited by
That's fascinating. I was just reading about that yesterday. Cleopatra made her getraway with the national treasury. Anthony followed the money.
bachophile last edited by
@kluurs maybe also following the pussy, if u pardon my French.
Krav Maga brings together skills and training from many martial arts, ranging from jiujitsu to judo to boxing. It shares with is students critical lessons in maintaining awareness and making each strike count in self-defense. In its instructional and updated edition, Krav Maga: Use Your Body as a Weapon teaches athletes about their own anatomy and muscles to help them avoid injury.
From the Look Inside: "Throughout history, law enforcement has been successful in curbing crime, but never in completely destroying it. In modern democracies, though adult citizens have the right to pursue life, liberty and happiness, any day could still turn into a life or death confrontation in an instant. Just as individuals have the right to vote, they should also have the right to control their fate . . . While we rely on trained professionals in many aspects of our lives, we should also be able to resort to the basics if everything else fails. This book shows readers how to use their bodies in a physical confrontation.
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While I have no intention of pursuing this (I mean, please), I'll enjoy reading about it, I think.
George K last edited by
Having sort of enjoyed "All the Old Knives" series on Netflix (Amazon?) I thought I'd seek out some of the author's other stuff. Olen Steinhauer has written a series of books set in post WWII Europe. The books are not sequels, but separated chronologically with different plots and characters.
The first is set in the immediate period after the war in an unnamed Eastern European country struggling to become a communist paradise. It's the story of a murder investigation, and a bureaucracy.
I gave up halfway through. Too meandering, no focus, too many irrelevant characters. Bleecch.
So, instead, I started this.
I don't remember which season of Bosch this book is, but it's the one where the dog finds a child's bone...
Recco for George?
"USA Today bestseller with over 2,900 five-star Goodreads ratings: Humanity’s survivors inhabit decrepit ships orbiting the planet. Teams collect vital supplies from the surface — but deadly terrors await them there. “You won’t be able to put this book down” (New York Times bestselling author Mike Shepherd)."
From the Amazon blurb: "More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by skydiving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need."
On sale for .99. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083G78K2T?
Lotsa years ago I redd and loved horror, then I fell off. I've had a yen of late to dip into it again. Are there any horror fans here who can recommend authors?
I loved S.King and Robert McCammon, that sort. Peter Straub kinda bored me, and I disliked Clive Barker.
The horrorist book I ever redd was a book called The Ruins by Steve Smith. From my sporadic small survey, the reactions to this book seem to be of two extremes -- terrifying or yawn.
Anyway, it's interesting to me that over all the horror bigshots, I picked this one by a guy far fewer people have ever heard of.
Can you recommend, please? I like the subtle menacing kind of horror, the kind Ruth Rendell would have written if she'd written horror, and not so much the Michael Myers blood-and-gore screamers.
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Recco for Jolly
The Amazon blurb: "The newest edition of the Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook is perfect and practical for both soldiers and civilians. Nearly 140 comprehensive illustrations show the proper techniques for medical care, from basic first-aid and orthopedics to instructions for emergency war surgery and even veterinary medicine. Questions are listed so that the medic can obtain an accurate patient history and perform a complete physical examination. Diagnoses are made easier with information on the distinctive features of each illness. This straightforward manual is sure to assist any reader faced with a medical issue or emergency."
Kindle version is on sale for $1.99. PB $14.59.
732 ratings, 4.5 stars.
Jolly last edited by
Well, I must admit I've not had much practice cutting on live people.
Doctor Phibes last edited by
Just finished the four Bobiverse books. I enjoyed the first two enormously, but they started getting a bit samey after that....
George K last edited by
It’s a clever concept, but as you say it’s almost like he’s running out of ideas on how to milk it. The fourth book, heavens River, is basically an adventure story into which he shoehorns the whole concept of “Bob “.