In the Senior Service (that's the Royal Navy to you, mate; if you were a Mate, you'd know) submariners are regarded with suspicion. The officers of surface ships hold a disdain for submarine warfare on the grounds that it is somewhat unsporting. Moreover, those who go down under the sea in boats are thought of as either madmen or mercenaries, if not both: they are thought to be mad for wishing to spend months under water; they are thought to be mercenary for accepting the considerable financial inducements for doing so.
It comes as no surprise to discover that Gavin Menzies, the author of 1421, The Year China Discovered the World was a submariner. Maps has the lowdown on the book and comments from nutters.
Speaking of nutters, Red Confectionery has photos from the recent bloggers' drinks. Your bloggist was among that number.
Speaking of China, Britain has been swamped with crap.
Speaking of crypto-fascists and discovery, one leading member of the British National Party once made an art film involving gay frolics; old news but funny anyway and coming to us courtesy of wonkette.
Less amusing is the Southern Poverty Law Center's story of how the skinheads deal with problems in Arizona.
Elsewhere, Eric Olthwaite has some links to clever stuff.
If you are done with reading and thinking and stuff, you can always pray for France.