Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Strategic Context of Operation Barbarossa: June 22nd 1941

“With Russia smashed, Britain’s last hope would be shattered. Germany then will be master of Europe and the Balkans. Decision: Russia’s destruction must therefore be made a part of this struggle. Spring 1941…If we start in May 1941, we would … Continue reading

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Who’s the rabbit? Putin or Trump?

“I expect you to come and enjoy the scenery,” said Putin, with a half smile first perfected in AD 41 by Caligula.1 “…. Donald Trump’s victory is the extraordinary uncouth variety of postfactual politics that he personifies. He doesn’t tell … Continue reading

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Rodin’s the Thinker: or was it called the dreamer

Back in the mid to late 50s, our teachers only addressed us children by our surnames or more usually as ‘You boy’, or, ‘You Girl’. I’m afraid on many occasions I was told “You boy, pay attention and stop your … Continue reading

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Can you give me a push?

A man and his wife were awakened at 3 a.m. by a loud pounding on the door. He got up and went to the door and found a drunk standing in the doorway. “What do you want?” “A push.” “It’s … Continue reading

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Book Review: Michael Lewis ~ Flash Boys: Cracking the money code

This is a wonderfully entertaining book, which reads like a novel, an incomprehensible techy textbook and a polemic against the US stock market. Parts were beyond my understanding. For example- “Round-trip travel time from Chicago to New Jersey has been … Continue reading

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Land of Dreams

In the silence of dreams Many people speak to me Some I know from my past Many are strangers it seems. Most enjoyable, is the scenery Vibrant colours, crisp real Tangible in solid form Easy to interact, almost leisurely. No … Continue reading

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G E Moore on Wittgenstein

When Wittgenstein submitted the Tractatus as his doctoral dissertation, G. E. Moore is reputed to have sent in an examiner’s report including the words, “It is my personal opinion that Mr. Wittgenstein’s thesis is a work of genius; but, be … Continue reading

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A Brexit joke

Brexit is as though the UK got drunk and accidentally unfriended Europe on Facebook. Chris

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Two Peace Treaties: Brest-Litovsk, March 1918 and Versailles, June 1919

The Brest-Litovsk and Versailles peace treaties were two sides of the same coin for Germany. Germany imposed the Brest-Litovsk Treaty on the Soviets and then had onerous conditions imposed on them at Versailles. There are remarkable similarities in the two … Continue reading

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The Pope goes for a drive in Washington

During a visit to America the Pope gets bored being driven around Washington. “Driver! I’ll take over for the time being.” “Certainly, Your Holiness,” says the driver. Because the Pope is infallible he starts driving like a maniac all around … Continue reading

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