Monthly Archives: January 2020

The generosity of billionaires

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made headlines earlier this month with his donation of $690,000 to the Australian wildfire relief effort- a sum roughly estimated to equate to less than five minutes* of his earnings. * For someone on £40,000 this … Continue reading

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Are Constituency MPs Obsolete?

The 2016 Brexit referendum was unlike a general election in that every vote was equal: there were no wasted votes in safe seats. The referendum and Boris Johnson’s cull in September 2019 of 21 Conservative MPs destroyed the alleged importance … Continue reading

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Always listen to teacher

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Education divides society by wealth

Economists have found that many elite US universities – including Brown, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale – take more students from the top 1% of the income distribution than from the bottom 60%. To achieve a position in the top … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Gentlemen (Michael McConaugh and Hugh Grant) (2020)

Recently I saw The Irishman, which has been lauded as yet another example of Scorsese’s genius. Where does this leave Guy Ritchie? It’s easy to mock Ritchie’s so-called ‘geezer’ movies. The infamous role he gave to Vinnie Jones in Lock, … Continue reading

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Too much information

A married couple were golfing when she asked: “Honey, if I died would you get married again?” “No sweetie.” “I’m sure you would.” “Okay, I would.” “Would she sleep in our bed?” “I guess so.” “Would you let her use … Continue reading

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It wasn’t all glamour being a Roman Emperor

Of the 69 rulers of the unified Roman Empire, from Augustus (d. 14 CE) to Theodosius (d. 395 CE), 62% suffered violent death.

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A designer present for Facebook enthusiasts

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Book Review: A A Dhand ~ Streets of Darkness (2016)

The ever popular maverick Detective Inspector genre attracts some of Britain’s best writers. I suppose they’re like bank robbers: they go where the money is. Dhand’s creation is the Sikh Harry Virdee, who’s married to a Muslim. His brother, Ronnie, … Continue reading

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Trump: Master of the Universe

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