“Every deadline was a crisis … No doubt it has something to do with a deep-seated personality defect, or maybe a kink in whatever blood vessel leads into the pineal gland … On the other hand, it might easily be something as simple and basically perverse as whatever instinct it is that causes a jackrabbit to wait until the last possible second to dart across the road in front of a speeding car.” — Hunter S. Thompson quote from “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ‘72″
Ask anyone to do their best pirate impression and you’re guaranteed to hear at least one “Arrr” along with a number of well-known piratisms such as “shiver me timbers” and “scallywag”. But did Golden Age pirates really speak that way?
Rightly considered by many contemporary observers to be a pivotal turning point with a decisive effect on Europe’s future, it should come as no surprise that the Spanish Civil War became something of an obsession for a generation of politically conscious young Britons. Many such men and women travelled to Spain to fight Fascism as members of the International Brigades – foreign volunteers for the Republican side, thought to number up to 35,000. Among the 500 British casualties were several poets and writers who have become symbolic of the deeply ideological struggle and emotional turmoil that first divided Spain, and then reverberated across the continent in the late 1930s.