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. Advertisements

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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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