Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Stone set

Eventually, my name on a cold grave stone Tells that I once walked this way Please, don’t call me back to say goodbye I’m silently, happy to be alone. Regrets, I seldom have, now old The journey was, as if, … Continue reading

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Book Review: John le Carre ~ A Legacy of Spies

With unhappy memories of dinosaur rock bands trading on their illustrious past, I wondered if this was a literary version. ‘Is it possible that Smiley et al can be successfully mined?’ was a nagging thought before I opened the book. … Continue reading

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Why Can’t Babies Vote? Insights from the Sorites Paradox

The 1918 Representation of the People Act swept away gender and property as qualifications for the franchise, leaving age as the sole criterion. Although there’s been tinkering with the actual age at which British citizens can vote, the principle remains … Continue reading

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Casting problems for the school play

A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part in the play. She asks, “What part is it?” The boy says, “I play the part of the Jewish husband.” The mother scowls and says, … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ The Death of Stalin (Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale)

The court of Stalin was populated with cringing, bullying, mediocre psychopaths. Psychopath-in-chief Beria (Simon Russell Beale) moves from a boozy, jocular meeting with Stalin straight to the torture chambers of ‘his’ prison. Throughout the film he jokes about torture. Lists … Continue reading

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The Amazing Size of Africa

Africa is three times bigger than the USA. Look again at the standard Mercator map and you see that Greenland appears to be the same size as Africa, and yet Africa is actually fourteen times the size of Greenland! You … Continue reading

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Those few of forlorn hope

Council estate children, might well be described in this manner. Parents, with no ambition, with children of little hope other than ‘achieving’ what their parents limit of have. The mother who openly calls her child a ‘dopey cxxt and I … Continue reading

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