Monthly Archives: August 2020

Churchill by Daisy Suckley: Roosevelt’s confidant

She described him [Churchill] as “a strange looking little man. Fat & round, his clothes bunched up on him. Practically no hair on his head, he wore a 10-gallon hat. He talks as though he had terrible adenoids—sometimes says very … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ruth Harris ~ The Man on Devil’s Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the affair that divided France (2010)

This biography is more than a Life. Ruth Harris’s meticulous study of French politics, the Roman Catholic church, the Army, Anti-Semitism and human drama is stunning. She reveals intellectuals who took up the cause of a Jewish army officer: the … Continue reading

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Social Distancing: British syle

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An Oscar Wilde Quip

“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”

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The Politics of Obesity in Britain, 2010-20

“purpose of government is not to do good,” but to “secure the rights of human beings to go about their lives peaceably, knowing that they will not be aggressed against by others.” “eat, drink and be merry” [for tomorrow we … Continue reading

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Trump meets the Pope

“I met with Pope Francis today. He’s a really great pope — great, great pope. You know he’s the leader of the Catholic Church — big church. “I couldn’t believe it when he told me how many Catholics there are. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walter Mosley ~ Fearless Jones (2001)

The Black Lives Matter campaign changed my re-read of this book. Mosley writes about the period before mobile phones videos but in such a vivid way that his images last a long time. Videos however are easy to disseminate and … Continue reading

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Social Distancing: Indian Style

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A really difficult question

A Kiwi* and an Aussie went fishing and after a couple of beers the Aussie said to the Kiwi, “If I sneaked into your house and made wild passionate love to your wife and she got pregnant would that make … Continue reading

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Councillor Accountability in the 1990s

Between 1990 and 1998 I was Chair of Havering’s Housing Committee, which I enjoyed hugely. Because so many council tenants exercised their ‘right to buy’* this led to a worrying fall in the Council’s housing stock. This especially effected people … Continue reading

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