Monthly Archives: February 2018

Book Review: Boris Akunin ~ The Coronation (Translated by Andrew Bromfield)

Boris Akunin is Russia’s top-selling thriller writer. He writes historical mystery novels which are securely placed within a factual context. This one in his in Erast Fandorin series and is loosely in the Sherlock Holmes genre. It has wit, intelligence, … Continue reading


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So Surreal

Just an idle dream, I’m Floating in an empty room No ambition no ultimate goal It’s a nice sensation But lacks something. No one to talk to Without any stimulation How long was I there? Does it matter I really … Continue reading

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Professional standards are so cruel

A friend of mine, after seven years of medical school and training has been fired for one minor discretion. He slept with one of his patients and can no longer work in the profession. What a waste of time, effort, … Continue reading

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Neville Chamberlain: the unsung hero of the battle of Britain

Chamberlain was the towering political figure in Britain in the 1930s. From late 1931 to May 1940 Chamberlain shaped Britain’s domestic and foreign policy. He was tough-minded, adroit and successful. Without Chamberlain’s political courage the battle of Britain would have … Continue reading

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Three Teenage Beatles


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Film Review ~ All the money in the world (Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer)

As a signal to all #MeToo Hollywood doubters Christopher Plummer is nominated in the Oscars best supporting actor section. Presumably his nomination comes in the ‘Not Kevin Spacey’ category. The spectre of Kevin Spacey lurks in the background of this … Continue reading

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Jewish doctors are born not made

There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In Jewish tradition, the foetus is not considered viable until it graduates from medical school. Chris

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The 1970s

What an interesting time it was for me. Working as a jobbing plumber in Hackney, I really enjoyed the freedom of working with and for the hugely diverse population that were Hackney tenants. I made many good friends both in … Continue reading

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