By Gill Griffin, Barry Griffin

The 20-year-old Len Thorne joined the RAF in might 1940. After irritating excursions of operational accountability as a fighter pilot (including a few desperately risky low-level flying at Dunkirk) he used to be published to AFDU (Air struggling with improvement Unit) and remained there as a try out pilot for the remainder of the battle. He flew either Allied plane and captured enemy planes and was once a colleague of a few of the fighter 'aces'. thankfully for us, Len stored an insightful diary, which, set along his log publication, tells the original tale of a member of the AFDU, tasked with constructing oeprational strategies and trying out captured enemy plane. Len offers not just an perception into the fantastic paintings performed by means of the attempt pilots but additionally into one of the most well-known flyers of the RAF, with whom he labored, together with Wing Commander Al Deere and Spitfire Aces SL 'paddy' Finucane, Ernie Ryder, and so on. Len's diary for September 21 1942 documents the 1st sighting of the dreaded FW190: 'The pilot played a sequence of fast rolls... metaphorically sticking up the proverbial fingers.' In may perhaps 1943 Len will be flying an analogous sort after pilot Heinz Erhardt mistakenly landed one at Marston!

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Unindividuated, taken to lack personhood, the commoners were a distorted screen on which the carriers of the new orders projected their desires and rages. The dilemma inherent in the missionaries’ gaze is illustrated in Susan Griffin’s distinction between two senses of grasping. One is “to seize, and grip, as in wrest power from the grasp of or grasp a woman by her waist” (Griffin 1992: 212, emphasis in original). This is the power of dominion, the commanding grip or the judging gaze. The other way of understanding is enacted more by a mobile glance than a fixating gaze (Jay 1994: 56–57).

By 1810, the protected harbor of Honolulu was becoming commercially important: firearms, household utensils, cloth, pigs, fruit trees, alcohol, iron tools, fleas, mosquitoes, centipedes flowed in. Many Hawaiian bodies flowed out to become hands and occasionally masters on commercial and whaling ships. Sailors and whalers flowed in; riots occurred occasionally as the men demonstrated violently against the attempts by missionaries to prohibit prostitution in the ports of Honolulu and La¯haina¯ (Kuykendall 1957: 122–23).

Not all gazes are the same. Where Cook’s voyages of discovery more heavily emphasized the gathering of the facts waiting to be found about the world, the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842, commanded by Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, was distinctly more commercial and martial in its goal, with scientists playing an auxiliary role (Herman 1995: 68). “Fitted out by national munificence for scientific objects,” the expedition of two war sloops, a brig, a store ship, and two tenders was to explore and survey the Pacific, to determine the existence of “all doubtful islands and shoals, as well as to discover and accurately fix the position of those which lie in or near the track of our vessels in that quarter, and may have escaped the observation of scientific navigators” (Herman 1995: 68).

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