Monthly Archives: August 2017

Our intolerant society: a rough sleeper in our tower block – London Borough of Havering 2017

On our Council estate in north-east London we have a diverse group of people including some very obnoxious individuals. At the repulsive end of the spectrum our caretaker came across a woman sleeping rough in the basement of one of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Carl Hiaasen Omnibus~ Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Skin Tight

This omnibus edition hits our value for money target and, even better, they are an excellent read. Hiaasen satirises Florida: this is basically impossible as Florida is self-satirising. Hiaasen’s targets are politicans, developers, criminals, businessmen, tourists and the annual influx … Continue reading

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Seconds turn to minutes Minutes the whole hour through Days pass so fast, don’t you know it In time, another year, is anew. So the decades slip by The young think a decade is ages Plenty of time to plan … Continue reading

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A robot bartender chats to customers

The robot bartender says, “What will you have?” “Whiskey.” The robot brings back his drink and asks, “What’s your IQ?” “168” comes the smirking reply. They then chat about physics, space exploration, and medical technology. After the guy leaves he … Continue reading

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Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Great Compromise 1962-3

  The 1958 installation of missiles in Italy and Turkey provided compelling evidence, for the Soviets, of the USA’s malign intentions. Khrushchev resolved to remove the American missile threat to the USSR’s existence. The Cuban Revolution in 1959 provided an … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan on the Beatles

When Paul McCartney played an acetate of “Tomorrow Never Knows” for Bob Dylan, Dylan’s response was “Oh, I get it. You don’t want to be cute anymore.” Chris

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Character building explained

Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will … Continue reading

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