New Movie About Neil Armstrong

I WATCHED Crimson Tide the other night after getting home late from work.

I haven’t seen the tense submarine thriller for years — but I always assumed this great movie was a work of pure fiction.

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Actors Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman in 1995 movie Crimson Tide

However, something similar to its events happened deep under the Atlantic Ocean — the closest the world came to an all-out nuclear war.

The 1995 Denzel Washington movie centres on a standoff between his first officer on a US nuclear missile submarine and its seasoned captain, played by Gene Hackman.

There is basically a mutiny over whether or not to launch their missiles against the Russians during a communications blackout.

It was partly inspired by true events during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The stand-off between both movie characters happened in real life on a Russian submarine in 1962.

A group of US Navy destroyers and an aircraft carrier enforcing the blockade against Cuba trapped a B-59 Russian submarine, which the US didn’t know was armed with nuclear weapons.

They began to drop depth charges to force the submarine to surface for identification.

The captain of the Russian sub Valentin Savitsky, believing that a war may have already started, prepared to launch a ten kiloton nuclear torpedo against the American warships.

According to a US National Security Archive report, Savitsky exclaimed: “We’re gonna blast them now! We will die, but we will sink them all — we will not become the shame of the fleet.”

As is procedurally required, all the senior officers on board must agree before a nuclear bomb could be launched.

The captain and the political officer agreed to launch but Vasili Arkhipov, the second-in-command, disagreed. A heated argument ensued during which Arkhipov persuaded the captain to surface the ship and await orders from Moscow. It turned out there was no war.

A nuclear holocaust on an unimaginable scale was averted and countless lives were saved thanks to Arkhipov.

Thomas Blanton, of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, told the Boston Globe: “The lesson from this is that a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world.”

Arkhipov was not reprimanded by the Russian navy for his actions.

In fact, he was later promoted to rear admiral and went on to become the head of the Kirov naval academy and retired as a vice admiral.

The brave Russian died in 1999.

Dr Jonathan Colman, an expert on the Cuban missile crisis at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “President Kennedy had been very worried about the possibility of a clash between American warships and Soviet submarines in the Caribbean, and it is absolutely clear that his fears were justified.”

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He added: “Ultimately, it was luck as much as management that ensured that the missile crisis ended without the most dreadful consequences.”

Isn’t it amazing that we have this man Vasili Arkhipov, who basically saved the world from annihilation, and virtually no one knows his name.

I suspect if he was American, he’d be as well known as a Neil Armstrong.

Don't let such top ideas slide

I LOVE seeing people think outside the box. How we could do with some more of it in this country? Trust the Scandinavians to do it, though.

An artificial ski slope has opened on the roof of the Copenhill waste plant in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It’s part of plans to make the area the world’s first carbon-neutral capital.

Its main facility is a futuristic building with a sloping roof 85m high covered in ‘Neveplast’ material, left.

It looks just like a ski slope, except it’s green.

It’s an attempt to build a waste treatment plant that local residents are happy to see come to their neighbourhood. And it seems to be working.

I’m not calling for the Government to stick a ski slope or football pitch on the top of the Poolbeg incinerator.

It’s just a good example of how things can be done with a bit of thought and imagination.

Wouldn’t it be nice to see some ideas like that go towards solving our housing crisis in particular.

Mislead and pay Dail-ers

HERE’S a mad idea to stop people misleading the Dail — fine them.

On Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was the latest politician asked to correct the Dail record.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Leo had claimed a senior official was not obliged to tell Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of rising costs for the Children’s Hospital.

Social Democrat Roisin Shortall said it was clear a senior official with the Department of Public Expenditure was required to tell his line minister about the overruns.

She called for Leo to come back in and set the record straight.

Health Minister Simon Harris had just apologised for misleading the Dail about the rocketing costs of the NCH project.

Why don’t we do something about this. I guarantee, if you started fining politicians for providing incorrect information it would end the practice pretty sharpish.

They will start remembering things they previously had no recollection of. Amazing stuff.

Not only that, when a question is asked, they would make sure every little detail is bang on — otherwise, it’s coming out of their pocket.

We’d become the transparency capital of the world overnight.

Donut of the week - people forking out €700 for Gucci's new Screener sneakers

ANYONE who buys a pair of Gucci’s new Screener sneakers deserves a punch in the head. It’s as simple as that.

The prestigious Italian designer label is asking fashion victims to shell out €700 for a pair of filthy-looking trainers.

The men’s Screener sneakers, right, are sold with included scuffs and marks and come in a range of stained colours.

Gucci tells online buyers the Screener trainer “references old school shapes and materials inspired by vintage sportswear”.

The Italian fashion giant adds: “Influenced by classic trainers from the 70s, these sneakers mix leather with canvas, featuring the Web stripe and Gucci vintage logo, treated for an allover distressed effect.”

You should see the state of all my runners at home. They must be worth thousands.

This will not end Rodwell

ANYONE remember Jack Rodwell?

The midfielder was one of the English football’s great white hopes.

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Blackburn Rovers Jack Rodwell

He made his debut for Everton in 2007 aged just 17 and there were many comparing him to Rio Ferdinand.

After 99 matches for the Toffees he joined Manchester City for €12million and made his bow for England against Brazil.

The future was bright.

Well, not quite. Since then, it’s all gone downhill for Rodwell.

He joined Sunderland a few years ago.

To say that went disastrously wrong would be an understatement.

He is now at Blackburn Rovers and struggling to get a deal. In his defence, injuries haven’t helped his cause.

I’m not saying Declan Rice will be the new Jack Rodwell, but he very well could be.

I didn’t seriously think he could embarrass himself so much by switching allegiances after playing three senior matches for us.

Throughout the whole Rice saga I genuinely believed he would come back into the Irish fold.

I didn’t seriously think he could embarrass himself so much by switching allegiances after playing three senior matches for us.

His head has been turned and his ego is gone off the charts. He has listened to the hype and now he believes it.

He is the new great white hope for the Three Lions. The defensive midfielder that they have craved for some time.

If he had stayed with us, he would have been a legend. In England, you are only a few bad games and a couple of injuries from becoming a Jack Rodwell.

The line in his statement about it being best for his “future” says it all really. It’s a career move, simple as that.

The romantics like myself could never understand it.

And I have to say I think Mr Rice will regret it one day . . .

Brexit countdown

WE should just throw in the towel now with Brexit. We haven’t got a hope with the bozos in charge in the UK.

I was howling with laughter recently at extracts from Dangerous Hero, the Jeremy Corbyn, left, biography by Tom Bower.

It pretty much paints him as a complete oddball. A “joyless fanatic” is how first wife Prof Jane Chapman describes him. His second didn’t have much better to say.

It’s suggested he raids skips for bits of wood (it’s not known why) and has an intense interest in manhole covers.

On livelier evenings, he would sit on the floor drunkenly singing IRA songs.

Holidays were grim — his idea of a summer getaway is a tour of an impoverished Eastern Bloc country, sleeping in tents.

How on Earth did this guy get so far? His party began its much predicted split yesterday because of his Brexit stance.

It’s just over five weeks before Brexit D-Day on March 29, with Theresa May and Corbyn, Dumb and Dumber, overseeing it.

Source : https://www.thesun.ie/news/3770393/russian-naval-officer-saved-world-nuclear-bomb-famous/

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