Monthly Archives: November 2018

Canada: a very civilised country

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Alexey Stakhanov: the most famous coal miner in history

  Stalin introduced a whirlwind of industrialisation in a series of Five Year Plans beginning in 1928. These plans centralised control of every part of industrial production. Every mine had productivity targets which had to be met or exceeded. This … Continue reading

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The Good Fairy and an Ungracious Husband

A married couple in their 60s were visited by the good fairy who granted them a wish each. Wife: “I want to travel round the world with my darling husband.” And two tickets magically appear in her hand. Husband: “Sorry … Continue reading

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Book and Film Review: Raymond Chandler ~ The Big Sleep (1939) and (1946- film)

The doyen of American pulp fiction is Raymond Chandler. I knew this even though I’d never actually read his work. I relied on the brilliant, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, film The Big Sleep (1946). So I was unprepared for … Continue reading

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My Sons (inspired by Trust the biopic of John Paul Getty)

I hate my sons. They have lives which aren’t mine, they have friends who I disapprove of they have interests which aren’t mine they avoid me and they’re happiest when I’m not there. They got married and name their sons … Continue reading

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The world’s most successful criminals: Banks

A single small branch of Danske Bank in Estonia processed £120 billion between 2007 and 2015. “No one really knows where this money went. All we know is that the last people to see it was…three large banks in the … Continue reading

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Cute bear family

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Privileged employment status

Senior manager: “I’m really sorry, but I’m going to have to let one of you go.” Black employee: “I’m a protected minority.” Female employee: “I’m a woman.” Oldest employee: “Fire me, buster, and I’ll hit you with an age discrimination … Continue reading

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All Political careers end in tears

The hard right Brexit dogs circle Snapping, snarling beasts To her face, they praise her Behind her back they plot. Once loyalty was avowed Now – The Bastards, Where did it all go wrong? Stay at the crease. Mustn’t let … Continue reading

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Where is my Tardis?

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