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A new five part drama on BBC, and excellent too. It is almost certainly modelled on the life and death of Gareth Williams, the GCHQ/SIS code and cipher expert found dead in a padlocked sports bag in a bath in an MI6 flat in Pimlico. I wonder if it is the true story or just a thoughtful and imaginative spin of it.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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Very interesting. I look forward to it coming here. Some times the truth can only be told as fiction. I wonder where this lot are coming from?
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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Funny, I was just about to post about Gareth Williams and that the story died much as he did....in a false and disguised manner. It always amazes me how the most important things have their moment in the press [usually falsely portrayed and distorted] and then just fake away to be forgotten so that the next deep event can be foisted on the public.

Thanks for the heads up on this....I'll be interested to see which way they took the story and portrayed it. At least it might revive interest in the case.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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It's interesting that the writer of the show, Tom Rob Smith says it is NOT modelled on Gareth Williams. But it very obviously is and I don't believe him. I suspect he is just avoiding any legal problems or harm to the family in saying this.

Well worth watching. ALLUC have it, I believe, but also BBC Catch up.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:It's interesting that the writer of the show, Tom Rob Smith says it is NOT modelled on Gareth Williams. But it very obviously is and I don't believe him. I suspect he is just avoiding any legal problems or harm to the family in saying this.

Well worth watching. ALLUC have it, I believe, but also BBC Catch up.

I just watched parts 1-4. But the way it ends, I'm not quite sure if more is to follow...do you know?
It is 100000% based on Gareth Williams - no doubts about that...but the speculation is, very minor speculation - and the rest is highly informed speculation. I enjoyed it, and it also reminded me [again] how dangerous the truth or 'dangerous knowledge' can be, and how ruthless the powers that be always have been....and remain.

It is very well done!....
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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Peter Lemkin Wrote:
David Guyatt Wrote:It's interesting that the writer of the show, Tom Rob Smith says it is NOT modelled on Gareth Williams. But it very obviously is and I don't believe him. I suspect he is just avoiding any legal problems or harm to the family in saying this.

Well worth watching. ALLUC have it, I believe, but also BBC Catch up.

I just watched parts 1-4. But the way it ends, I'm not quite sure if more is to follow...do you know?
It is 100000% based on Gareth Williams - no doubts about that...but the speculation is, in part, speculation - but not all is by far - and the rest is mostly informed speculation. I enjoyed it, and it also reminded me [again] how dangerous the truth or 'dangerous knowledge' can be, and how ruthless the powers that be always have been....and remain.

It very well done!....

Yes Pete, it's a 5 part series. One more to go.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:It's interesting that the writer of the show, Tom Rob Smith says it is NOT modelled on Gareth Williams. But it very obviously is and I don't believe him. I suspect he is just avoiding any legal problems or harm to the family in saying this.

Funnily enough it was the author who put me off watching this, as I have serious doubts about his personal agenda. Smith's Leo Demidov trilogy (Child 44 etc) is utter drivel, not only do they fail on a basic level as crime/political thrillers but their main function seems to be to perpetuate the same anti-Russian propaganda that appears in so much contemporary popular culture. I'm not in any way naive as to the excesses of the Stalinist-era, but this goes much further; the protagonist's journey (by way of a guided tour around the USSR's worst aspects) from gullible party member and supporter of the revolution, to pragmatist and anti-communist is very calculated. As is the way that the state is shown to have created a monster it is unwilling to confront or even acknowledge.

Given the novels' unprecedented success, I've often wondered if their author was being given some sort of 'push'.
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