The Strange Voyage of War

On February 11, 2010, in Miscellaneous, by Robert Dallison

Thought of the day… May every statesman ponder these timeless words by Winston Churchill.

“Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.”

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Saving Bletchley Park

On February 10, 2010, in Cryptography, by Robert Dallison

Did you know that the building in this photograph is a major historical monument?

This is Hut 6 at Bletchley Park in the UK. Inside this modest structure, cryptanalysts and linguists worked round the clock to crack German Army & Air Force ciphers. As a direct result, World War II ended several years earlier than it might otherwise have done, saving the lives of millions of troops and civilians.

You may not know the name Bletchley Park. But you have almost certainly heard of Alan Turing and the Enigma cipher. Bletchley Park is where Turing worked, and his cryptanalysis of wartime ciphers – including Enigma – was inextricably linked with his development of information theory, and his invention of the computer as we know it today.

As the picture above suggests, this historical monument is now falling into disrepair due to lack of funding. Yet it seems important to maintain it for present and future generations…

To read more about Bletchley Park, visit the official web site at

Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, a campaign is in progress. For more information visit

Last but not least, you can follow the progress of the campaign on Twitter through @Dr_Black, @mrshb2b, @bletchleypark or the #bpark hashtag.

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