Monthly Archives: October 2020

From The Third Rock from the Sun*

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” (flips to the back of the book) I’m not going to read 380 pages if he can’t even make up his mind in the first two sentences. [an … Continue reading

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The Halo Effect

The halo effect has…. pernicious consequences. In one study, the same examination scripts were rewritten twice, once in good handwriting and once in bad handwriting. They were then given to two sets of examiners: each saw all the scripts with … Continue reading

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Hitler’s Last Concert

“He [Speer] also told the orchestra’s manager to schedule a series of last concerts. ‘When I asked them to play Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony, I told him, it would mean the end was near and the musicians should get ready to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kim Darroch ~ Collateral Damage: Britain America and Europe in the age of Trump (2020)

Darroch was Britain’s ambassador in Washington, 2016-19. He famously resigned after a confidential briefing note from him to the Foreign Office was leaked and the leading candidate for the leadership of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson, didn’t support him. His … Continue reading

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Selected Quotes: The Free School Meals Debate 21st October 2020

Kate Green (Lab) “More than 1.4 million children benefit from free school meals. Nearly 900,000 eligible children live in areas now subject to tier 2 and tier 3 covid restrictions. Their families face an upcoming furlough cliff-edge, an inadequate replacement … Continue reading

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Going with the flow

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British Militarism: 1919

The British empire grew after the war, despite US president Woodrow Wilson’s self-determination principle. This was intended to break empires up. Needless to relate the only empires broken up were those of the losers: Austria-Hungary, Germany, the Ottomans and Russia. … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson makes a decision

St Peter said, “I’d like to let you in, but God says you’ve got to choose between Hell and Heaven.” He took Boris to the elevator. Down there he met thousands of friends. They hugged him and reminisced about the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Martin Williams ~ Parliament Ltd: A Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics (2017)

The Daily Telegraph’s expose* of MP’s expenses shook Britain. MPs were engaged, as a group in shameless systemic fraud. It sickened the public and destroyed the reputation of them all, the innocent and the guilty. There were significant changes to … Continue reading

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Who is this haggard old man?

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