Monthly Archives: October 2018

A caring grandson

Grandson: Gran-ma I think you should do more walking. Grand-ma (sceptically): Really? Grandson: Yes. You could take the tortoise for a walk. It would do you good. Mike W.

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Book Review: Martin Cruz Smith ~ The Arkady Renko novels

The British Detective Inspector genre has reached new levels of sophistication in its numerous iterations. There is a pretty standard characterisation used by most authors and so thrillers depend almost entirely on ever more ingenious plots. However, no matter how … Continue reading

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Japanese social discipline

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Fancy banking in the Ukraine?

There is a bank in Ukraine that is offering *21%* interest on a checking account. But you must take 10,000 steps a day, tracked by their app, to qualify. Miss one day and you get nothing. I can’t decide if … Continue reading

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Politics today

People might be forgiven for thinking the world is going to hell in a hand cart. Just what has happened to compassion, kindness, sympathy? Perhaps, before  Donald Trump carries out his threat, to cut millions of dollars in aid, because … Continue reading

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The ideal prison officer

Fletcher [prisoner]: I had a friend once- haven’t told you this before, have I? He was a light-heavy. Good strong boy. Won a few fights. Suddenly thought he was the bees knees. Fast cars, easy women. Classic story of too … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: Sellar and Yeatman 1066 and All That (1930); O’Farrell An utterly impartial history of Britain

Sellar and Yeatman invented satire on school-boy history. They mocked history books which were current at the time which mostly created the myth that the British were naturally superior to all other countries. They developed the phrase ‘a good thing’ … Continue reading

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The George Inn (Robertsbridge) – Kent

Andy and Marilyn, our two good friends Came with us into the Garden of England Through the prettiest scenic country With their roads ever lazy bends. This fine old Regency Inn With accommodation, fit for a King A friendly bar, … Continue reading

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A PhD in the obvious

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Is the USA turning into a third world country?

In 1980, adults in the top 1 percent earned on average 27 times more than bottom 50 percent of adults. Today they earn 81 times more. This ratio of 1 to 81 is similar to the gap…. in the world’s … Continue reading

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