Characters abound: From the eccentric OCS Commandant who insisted that cadets should learn skeet shooting "in case they were ever invited by a British nobleman
to shoot clay pigeons," through a tyrannical CO who constantly blamed his subalterns for everything that went wrong but ignored them when they did well, to "Monty" who evidently made a very favourable impression on the author.
Last year, religious leaders stepped into an argument between thousands of mineworkers in West Virginia and a coal company owned by a British nobleman
. Priests, ministers and rabbis joined with the United Mine Workers in calling on the Peabody coal company to "bargain in good faith."