Drop of Blood Alpha, Beta & Gamma Rays Medal:
Liquidators were the civil and military personnel who were called upon to deal with consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union on the site of the event. The liquidators are widely credited with limiting both the immediate and long-term damage from the disaster. Liquidators are qualified for significant social benefits due to their veteran status. Many liquidators were praised as heroes by the Soviet government and the press, while some struggled for years to have their participation officially recognized. The central detail of the Liquidators’ medal, with traces of alpha (α) and beta (β) particles and gamma (γ) rays over a drop of blood. – Wikipedia: Chernobyl Liquidators.
Ishmael & IUD:
Excerpt MCR: WiP Recipe Reality
Chernobyl Swimming Pool:
The Azure Swimming Pool (Ukrainian: Басейн Лазурний; Russian: Бассейн Лазурный) is one of the indoor swimming pools in the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which was affected by the Chernobyl disaster. It was built in the 1970s and was used until 1998 (12 years after the Chernobyl disaster); during those 12 years the swimming pool was mainly used by the liquidators. The swimming pool is considered one of the cleanest places of Pripyat. Currently, the swimming pool and the adjacent indoor basketball court are abandoned. – Wikipedia: Azure Swimming Pool; 30 Years Later: Swimming Pool Lazurny; Chernobyl City: Chernobyl City.
John Le Carre: Tinker Tailor Cold War Father Son Dysfunction: Passport name Poole: So if I told you that Danny and her mother were due in London three days ago on a direct flight from Tunis, I take it you would share our perplexity? Yes I would, Then you’d keep your mouth shut when we let you out of here? It isn’t ordinary flight information, Peter. The source is very private. Ulta, ultra sensitive in fact [White Power sign] In that case, Toby, I’ll try and keep my mouth ultra, ultra shut. So what do you make of it young Peter? You’re his boss, guide, philosopher, friend. Tell me why Ricki Tarr’s in London. You didn’t say that. You said his girl and his kid were expected. Don’t be obtuse man. Where Danny goes, there goes Tarr. Except he would move first and have his impedimenta follow, yes? That would be favourite. Alright, Tarr was supposed to be sitting in Moscow and now he’s back here on the Russian payroll. Why’s it all so hot? What kind of plant is he when we know everything about him? Down to his last attack of swine fever, from which he’s only partially recovered in my view. Excuse my freedom Mo. I’m sorry but what kind of plant is that? Never mind what sort. Muddying pools, poisoning wells, that damn sort. Pulling the rug out. Now, listen, just you remember this. At the first peep, the first whisper of Tarr or his lady or his wee bairn, young Peter Guillam, you come to one of us grownups. Anyone you see at this table. But not another damn soul. The name on the passport is Poole. P double O L E. All three of them. Tarr told his womam, so we understand, in case of difficulties, she should come to you. Sign that Peter, would you?
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Spy:
Bill Haydn/Tailor’s confession why he became a British-Soviet double agent: “Do you know whats killing western democracy? Greed and constipation. Moral, political, aesthetic. I hate America very deeply. The economic depression of the masses institutionalized. Even Lenin couldn’t foresee the extent of that. Britain. Oh Dear. No viability whatever in world affairs. I suppose thats when it began. Turning my eyes to the east. When I saw how trivial we had become as a nation. .. I still believe the secret service are the nations only real expression of a nations character. Until the mid 50’s I still had hopes, lingering loyalties to what we represented. Self delusions of course. We were already America’s streetwalkers.” [ Part 6 ]
In one discussion between Jim Prideaux and George Smiley; Prideaux is describing the Soviet psychological torture processes; and how initially he simply relied on plausible deniable stories as answers to the interrogators questions. Finally he didn’t psychologically break or crack, he says he just ran out of stories; and started to dig down into the stuff buried deep inside. Jim Predhoe explaining Czech-Soviet interrogation to George Smiley: “You don’t break exactly; you just run out of stories to tell. I’d reach the point where the things I’d locked away deep down were the only things coming into my brain.” [Pt.5 @ ~14:30 ]
George Smiley to Karla: Mr. Guestman: “If you go home to Moscow you will either be shot or sent to die in one of the camps. Wouldn’t you prefer to ask us for protection. …. Arrangement with Americans invitation. I can’t see an alternative for you. If you cooperate; we can give you a new start; a new identity. Seclusion. A modest amount of money. …. Would you like a cigarette. I know you’re a chainsmoker. I know this is what you smoke. Look. I’m not offering you wealth, or smart women or your choice of fast cars. I know you haven’t any use for any of those things. I’m not going to make any claims about the moral superiority of the West. I’m sure you can see through our values; just as I can see through yours in the East. You and I have spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in each others systems. I’m sure each of us has experienced innumerable technical satisfactions in our wretched cold war. But now your own side is going to shoot you. For nothing. For misdemeanours you have not committed. Because of a power struggle within your own hierarchy. Because probably due to someone’s treachory; or sheer incompetence. I am sure both of us when we were young subscribed to great visions. But not anymore. After all you’ve seen? You can’t still be committed to that old grand design. You know it has achieved nothing except new forms of the old misery.”
Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series deals with the socio-cultural dysfuncational consequences of Father Son relationships.
– Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Trailer: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06.
– John Le Carre: The Secret Center