My brother the code breaker


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Before I start posting a back-log of wartime recipes,  I am sending my clever and wonderful brother Paul, a big shout out because I’m extremely proud of him. He has cracked the codes and solved the puzzle set by GCHQ ( UK Governments Communications Headquarters – British Intelligence Agency ) in an online competition “to recruit the most skilled mathematicians, code breakers and hackers…”

Read more here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/technology-gadgets/gchq-bids-to-find-next-alan-turing-with-online-riddle-29572836.html 

Alan_Turing_photoAnd the reason I thought it apt to shout it out on my blog (apart from the fact that my brother is amazing and a wonderful father) is that it takes me full circle to Alan Turing

“During World War II, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre. For a time he was head of Hut 8, the section responsible for German naval cryptanalysis. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German ciphers, including the method of the bombe, an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine.”

For all his genius and his help in winning the war, because of his homosexuality, in 1952 his security clearance was removed, and he was barred from continuing with his cryptographic consultancy for the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)..

The irony being that the Alan Turing is part of the code/puzzle set by GCHQ in their competition..

To quote my brother: “At least they are paying homage to the late great Alan Turing, the forefather of modern computing, whose actions may have saved the world from the Nazi Menace, and whom the British Chemically castrated for being gay…”

Two years later Alan Turing committed suicide by eating an apple dipped in cyanide..

Alan Turing at least deserves a full apology and a full pardon.. ???

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2 thoughts on “My brother the code breaker

  1. Oh congratulations to your brother – you are justly proud of him! My Mum was a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during WW2. And you are so right about Turing [I do not want to become a Conspiracy Theorist, but I am still not 100% sure it was suicide]
    GREAT POST !!!!!

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