Monthly Archives: June 2018

International Trade: Neither Trump or Johnson understand this

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How to have a really good weekend

An elderly man with his trophy girlfriend walked into a jewellers and asked to see engagement rings. The jeweller showed him rings priced at about £4,000. He was astonished when the man turned up his nose and asked to see … Continue reading

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The Anatomy Act, 1832: the Criminal Antecedents

Prior to 1832, dissection used corpses direct from the gallows. These corpses were the only legal supply of bodies for medical schools. Dissection of executed murderers was uncontroversial as they’d lost all of their rights. Britain’s ferocious penal code provided … Continue reading

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About the battle of the Somme before it began June 1916

“The nation must be taught to bear losses. No amount of skill on the part of the higher commanders, no training, however good, on the part of the officers and men, no superiority of arms and ammunition, however great, will … Continue reading

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Book Review: John Bew ~ Citizen Clem: a biography of Attlee

Bew hasn’t made this colourless, dour, uncharismatic and secretive man interesting, which is disappointing with 564 pages to read. Endless remarks about Attlee’s shyness, “He was painfully shy and modest and kept up his guard at all times, ‘lest strange … Continue reading

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Essex Police: the Keystone Cops?

“Officers originally thought Palmer had died of natural causes because of keyhole surgery to his chest, but it later emerged he had been shot six times at close range. An inquest in 2016 heard there were failings on the part … Continue reading

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A blatant insurance salesman

Salesman: This policy is called the Peace of Mind Policy and it’s perfect for you. Customer: Why? Salesman: Well the exclusions are printed in light blue on a green background and I don’t think that you’re the sort of person … Continue reading

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Rationing 1940-1954

I was born in 1944. My first two years I and my two older brothers were evacuated with our mother to a small terraced house in Bolton (Lancashire). We returned to London in 1946. I remember shopping with my Mum … Continue reading

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The case for the legalisation of drugs: the marketplace has spoken

In the recent Global Survey on Drugs, cocaine users around the world reported, that their most recent cocaine order was delivered in less time, on average, than their most recent pizza order. https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2018/05/facts-drugs-including-fentanyl.html#comments Chris

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Football Review: England vs Tunisia 18th June 2018

The bookmaker Paddy Power is offering odds of 250-1 on England winning the World Cup: 250-1 for new customers.1 The form-book is the FIFA world rankings: England at 12th with Tunisia lagging at 21st. Sure enough the form came through … Continue reading

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