Monthly Archives: November 2016


University assassinated my personality And Taught me how to think Just The way they think, And Pass their exams and I’m an Expert In university thinking. My books taught me What My professors Didn’t They taught me To Swim without going In … Continue reading

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The Perfect Student……

……For Parents (Private Eye October 2016) ……For Professors (The professor) much preferred the students who showed up, asked if they would be graded on attendance and then sat like drugged houseplants for the remainder of the semester. Douglas Coupland The … Continue reading

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How wonderful were my early days

Mid 1940s to 1953 I lived at 59 Gibson Square in Islington. Each month the rent collector Mr Beetle (yes, really), would arrive on the doorstep to inspect the property and collect the rent. The rent not only Mum and Dad paid, … Continue reading

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Peg Solitaire

Such a childish puzzle Jumping pegs over the nearest neighbour Guessing, muddled wrong moves Whatever possessed Mum to persevere? Sheer determination I guess, Whilst we’re watching TV Mum had the Solitaire board on her lap. There was much frustration. After … Continue reading

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Jay Rayner Reviews Tapas 37

“Personally, I can’t help but fantasise about how much better a day it would have been for all involved, had the fire alarm been real…I wouldn’t wish a fire on anybody’s business. But at least if we’d been evacuated by … Continue reading

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The Double V Campaign: The struggle for racial equality in the US Armed Forces in the Second World War

The festering sore that was American segregation became a burning issue after Hitler’s declaration of war (11th December 1941). The world’s worse racist state declared war on a country which enshrined segregation. America’s non-white soldiers were officially second class citizens. … Continue reading

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My Romantic Parents

My mother wrote this on her 80th birthday. I find it both poignant and romantic and twenty-five years later it is still a powerful statement. Chris

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The Varian Law (economics for consumers)

The Varian Law says that you can forecast the future by looking at what the rich have today — that is, that what affluent people will want in the future is, in general, something like what only the truly rich … Continue reading

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A lesson too late for the learning

The majority of our largely put upon poor residents of the country swallowed a pack of lies over “Brexit” perpetrated by some very prominent (albeit delusional) politicians. They included Johnson, Gove, Davis, and let us not forget those other two … Continue reading

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Heaven and the engaged couple

After a tragic accident an engaged couple find themselves in Heaven. Jill I still want to get married you know. John Well this has to be the right place. It’s Heaven after all. Jill I’ll ask the gatekeeper to find a … Continue reading

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