Cool artworks by Ali Cavanaugh.
Via this isn’t happiness.
One of my favourite tv shows as a kid was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in which the fictitious international law-enforcement agency, U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement), worked to protect the world from sinister forces.
I was therefore thrilled to discover the U.N.C.L.E. artifacts (shown top) amongst the CIA Museum‘s collection of spy-related memorabilia, donated in 2000 by The Spy-Fi Archives.
The triangular security badge permits entrance into U.N.C.L.E.’s secret headquarters, the business card is from U.N.C.L.E.’s top enforcement agent, Napoleon Solo and the patch bears the insignia of the evil Thrush, a fabricated organization bent on world supremacy.
It also reminded me of the occasion I spotted Napoleon Solo’s sidekick, U.N.C.L.E. agent Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum), browsing in the seconds china shop in Clifton Village, just across the street from our family home. I figured he must be there on U.N.C.L.E. business, as I had always suspected the establishment was a front for something far more sinister than selling reject china.
I remember hoping he would start talking to his pen and thereby confirm my suspicions. Apparently though the real reason he was in town was that he was appearing in panto at the Bristol Hippodrome (yeah yeah Illya… go tell that to the Russians).
Amongst the items on show there are some amazingly improbable gadgets, including the Insectothopter (shown above), a micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by CIA’s Office of Research and Development in the 1970s, in an initiative to explore the concept of intelligence collection through miniaturized platforms.
If ever I had a spare 329,000 € in my pocket and I was to buy a boat, then the Firmship 42 is the boat I would buy.
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