Monthly Archives: February 2018

Winston Churchill’s recipe for a long life

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Book Review: George MacDonald Fraser ~ Flashman at the Charge

The Flashman series is twelve books long. They were very popular in the 1970s but have faded with time. This review is therefore a review of a re-read. How does it stand up to the expectations of a former devotee? … Continue reading

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Let the poor face their fate- Utopian Dystopia

Is a Tory dream Human misery! Well that we’ve seen. Squalor, oppression Would anyone question Disease, overcrowding The private renting that shrouds The rich getting richer On the backs of the disenfranchised. Those who are subjugated, Crushed, defeated by the … Continue reading

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A Trade Unionist goes to Japan

A Japanese firm took over a British company and knew that there would be cultural problems so they took both senior management and trade unionists to Japan. When they returned they gathered together in the board room for a discussion. … Continue reading

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The Evian Conference and Kristallnacht, 1938

The world was faced by the involuntary migration of hundreds of thousands of destitute German Jews from the Reich in 1938. Roosevelt called an international conference to try to resolve the situation. Roosevelt hoped international outrage at Nazi anti-Semitism would … Continue reading

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It costs an arm and leg

Men of the 18th century are often painted with one hand inside their vests to save money. This is because the artist would set the price based on how many hands, arms, or legs were in the painting. From this … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf)

Lady Bird is a coming-of-age film with the angst of mother and daughter extremely well done. The daughter is the underachieving ‘Lady Bird’, who’s renamed herself. She’s stuck in a Catholic school in Sacramento, California. She’s dissatisfied. The school is … Continue reading

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