Monthly Archives: January 2018

Book Review: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen ~ Waking Lions (Translated by Sondra Silverston)

Waking Lions is an Israeli novel which is very hard hitting. Israeli society isn’t normally thought of as racist but they too have an illegal immigrant ‘problem’. In this case it’s Africans and especially Eritreans who walk to Israel. Neurosurgeon … Continue reading

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A Chickadee and Friend

The chickadee is well known for its capacity to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights as well as its good spatial memory to relocate the caches where it stores food, and its boldness near humans (sometimes feeding from … Continue reading

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Competitive Advantage and Drugs in Sport

Sporting bodies uniformally prohibit non-medical drug use. Why? Drugs are prohibited because they enhance performance. Drugs, in brief, hold a unique place amongst all the other competitive advantages. Elite athletes have many advantages apart from drug use. Drug use however … Continue reading

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Talking Labrador~ For Sale cheap

“Do you really talk ?” asked the prospective purchaser “Yes.” After recovering from the shock of hearing the dog talk, he says, “Tell me your story.” The Labrador said, “I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. … Continue reading

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Elvis in the US Army

Unlike Donald Trump Elvis didn’t dodge the draft and served in Germany Chris

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Who’d have thought it?

I’m told if I keep active I wont get Alzheimer’s. I wont be an intolerable burden; I’ll keep my dignity right to the end. And I’ve been told it’s down to me I’ve got to do my exercises Healthy food, … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell)

Will Gompetz wrote an enthusiastic review for the BBC (referenced below) saying that Frances McDormand (Mildred Hayes) was a certainty for an Oscar. He also described Three Billboards…. as a ‘black comedy’. The first is a decent prediction but ‘black … Continue reading

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Noah’s got nothing on the Welsh

In the Bible, God made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights. That’s a pretty good summer for Wales. Chris

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The economics of human organs as ‘spare parts’

“… consider the idea of establishing a market for human organs. For example, the buying and selling of kidneys is currently illegal in the United States and United Kingdom. But demand for kidneys outstrips the supply of kidneys. More people … Continue reading

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Book Review: Iris Origo ~ War in Val d’Orcia: an Italian War Diary 1943-4

Iris Origo was a wealthy American who married an Italian aristocrat in 1923. They bought nearly 9000 acres in the Val d’Orcia and began a 20th century version of a feudal relationship with their 57 farms. When war came she … Continue reading

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