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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