Monthly Archives: March 2019

Quirky facts

1) The cruise liner, QE2, moves only 6 inches for each gallon of diesel it burns. 2) A million seconds is less than two weeks, but a billion seconds is 31 years. 3) If the population of China walked past … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sir Henry Howarth Bashford ~ Augustus Carp, Esq., by Himself (1924)

Sometimes I chase up references and with the magic of Google and Amazon read reviews of books I’ve never heard by authors who’s names have long disappeared. If they’re not too expensive, I buy them. Not every move outside my … Continue reading

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A Beautiful New Council Development

A new build housing development Who, could deny, the need But, as in these multi-pound deals Might there be, an element of greed? Cram it dense, build it high Blot the landscape, the rich will buy But first, destroy the … Continue reading

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Karl Marx’s favourite painting

They are presenting a petition of protest to the city fathers of Düsseldorf in an opulent council chamber. Through a large window, an orator can be seen in the square outside addressing a raging crowd. Marx loved this painting for … Continue reading

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Nazi Doctors, Sexism and Lung Cancer

In Hitler’s opinion women should have focused solely on Kinder, Kuche, Kirche1 . German sexism predated Hitler. This created a beneficial situation for Nazi doctors. Women provided a huge control group for their epidemiological studies into lung cancer.2 They knew … Continue reading

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Jack Benny* on Abraham Lincoln

Any man who would walk five miles through the snow, barefoot, just to return a library book so he could save three cents – that’s my kind of guy An American comedian from the mid-20th century now forgotten.

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Book Review: Ian Rankin ~ In a house of lies (2018)

Ian Rankin is a magnificent storyteller. His principal character and main achievement is Rebus. Rebus has been developed by Rankin in a way that other crime writers have not. Rebus is now old, ill with COPD, and retired. Rankin however … Continue reading

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