Monthly Archives: August 2018

Book Review: Mick Herron- Slow Horses

Every organisation has people who don’t fit in. Slough House is full of MI5 rejects, underachievers and the really talented who don’t fit in: they don’t have any career prospects. Jackson Lamb is significantly superior to everyone else with a … Continue reading

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Japanese commuters

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Paying for blood: a good thing?

Only countries that pay for plasma are self-sufficient in it. (Italy where donors are given time off work, is close to self-sufficiency.) Half of America’s plasma is shipped to Europe- 20M contributions worth. Canada imports 80% of its plasma products … Continue reading

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Who Will Succeed Theresa May? A Guide

Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister in 1990 leaving the Conservative party bereft. Six leaders in the intervening twenty-eight years hasn’t reduced the grief. All six were mediocre.1 The Conservative Associations are dominated by the elderly who are the electorate … Continue reading

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Appointing a new deputy sheriff

The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer – who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket went in to try out for the job. “Okay,” the sheriff drawled, “Gomer, what is 1 and 1?” “11” … Continue reading

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Book Review: Omar El Akkad ~ American War

Omar was born in Egypt, lived in Qatar and is now a Canadian. This matters, American War is a dystopian novel set in the late 21st century. America is engaged in a vicious civil war. Climate change has caused havoc … Continue reading

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Trump’s gigantic wall is a medieval response to a non-problem

1 The USA has a population of 326.8 million (Britain has a population of 65.6 million people) and 2 The USA has a landmass of 3.797 million sq. miles (Britain is 80.823 sq. miles) and 3 Therefore the USA needs … Continue reading

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Begging and Beggars: London Borough of Havering, August 2018

Just the other day*, my wife and I went to Sainsbury’s in Hornchurch High Street. We passed three beggars sitting near the entrance – none actually saying anything, each looking pathetic. I suppose the older woman seemed more needful, but … Continue reading

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Book review: Anonymous ~ The Secret Barrister: stories of the Law and How It’s Broken

The Secret Barrister quickly establishes his non-traditional background. He was educated at a comprehensive school and isn’t a high-flyer. His post-2000 career has been blighted by reductions in legal aid payments. He offers many examples of stellar legal work but … Continue reading

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An adroit Trade Union negotiator

Negotiations were at an impasse. The union denied their members were flagrantly abusing the company’s sick-leave provisions. During negotiations the H.R. director held up the morning edition of the newspaper, “This man called in sick yesterday!” There, on the sports … Continue reading

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