Monthly Archives: January 2019

James Dyson, the saviour of British Industry, does a runner*

Sir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexit supporter who called on the government to walk away from the EU without a deal, is moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hand-dryer technology company to Singapore. *Dyson … Continue reading

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Refurbishing grade one listed buildings in Hackney

The first two years of my seven year apprenticeship was done at Sir Philip Magnus trade and academic school. Looking back at those two years I’m amazed at how much was covered. Our plumbing teacher was called Tom Freeman and … Continue reading

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Dave knows the Pope

Dave was bragging to his boss, “I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I’m sure I’ll know them. “Pope Francis,” his boss replies. “Sure!” says Dave. “I’ve known the Pope for years.” So they flew … Continue reading

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Referendum Chaos

Is there no end to the rubbish? May’s plan is rejected Just as expected, but no plan B Two year fixations led to her humiliation. It’s her plan or nothing She has no desire to change Others might conspire Intensity … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde on journalism

‘The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.’ https://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n14/john-pemble/the-only-true-throne Chris

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Funny right up to the end

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Slavery and the US Constitution 1787-1860

…all slaves of a particular state are to be counted as three-fifths of a white person.1 the States were divided into different interests not by their…size…but principally from their having or not having slaves.2 Future President Madison Slavery caused mayhem … Continue reading

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