Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Frasier Show Remembered

Frasier Crane: Now where was I? Niles Crane: You were last seen climbing Mount Ego. Chris  

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Worrying Shadow Hanging Over the World

A self-obsessed egotist Struts menacingly His opinions, sadly listened to By small minded cowards Who feel their land Is under threat by immigration. Poor, desperate people Who flee from war and persecution. Such a powerful man Without remorse or pity … Continue reading

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The Ricardian Curse, Margaret Thatcher and North Sea Oil

The Ricardian Curse is normally associated with third world countries who are ‘blessed’ with a bonanza of wealth from natural resources. The ‘curse’ is that sudden increases in wealth negatively impact on the immature countries who often fail to effectively … Continue reading

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The women of Paris during the battle of Verdun 1916*

As if by the germination of a tiny quantity of yeast, apparently of spontaneous generation, young women now went about all day with tall cylindrical turbans on their heads, as a contemporary of Mme Tallien’s might have done, and from … Continue reading

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Is Theresa May a Conservative?

Michael Oakeshott wrote: To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, … Continue reading

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Trump Praises San Bernardino Couple

Donald Trump has praised the San Bernardino couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malaki, for integrating fully into American society. “When I hear how a Muslim couple carried out a mass shooting with the enormous cache of weapons and ammunition … Continue reading

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On the Occasion of the inauguration of Donald J Trump

“Gödel’s* logical rigour caused problems outside academia, too. While studying for his American citizenship assessment in 1948, he told his sponsor Oskar Morgenstein that he’d spotted some inconsistencies in the US Constitution. According to Godel the contradictions created a legal … Continue reading

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