Monthly Archives: January 2021

An accountant and a physics professor discuss priorities

“Physics is too expensive. All this complex technology you guys use! Why can’t you be like the Maths department? All they need are laptops and printers!” The professor of physics replied, “Better still, we could be like the philosophy department. … Continue reading


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Why didn’t Oliver Cromwell Order the Assassination of Charles the First?

Political assassination is the murder of a significant figure by an organised conspiracy in pursuit of political ends.1 There were two English civil wars as well as Scottish and Irish rebellions in the 1640s. The second civil war, 1646-8, left … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 19th November 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing … Continue reading

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The future of the NHS under Johnson?

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Book Review: Samanth Subramanian ~ A Dominant Character: the radical science and restless politics of J B S Haldane (2019)

To my shame I didn’t know who Haldane was until I read this biography. He’s one of the most significant scientists of the 20th century and he’s British. Born in the late 19th century his father was also a significant … Continue reading

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When I was a kid

My mum used to send me to the corner shop with a ten-bob note. I’d bring back 6 eggs, 2 bottles of milk, a loaf of bread, 5lb of potatoes and sweets for me. Trouble is, you can’t do that … Continue reading

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Nazi Germany’s Agricultural Sector and Lebensraum

Germany’s inefficient small-unit agricultural sector relied on female peasants. Nazi militarisation took men away from their farms. This placed enormous demands on the women who remained. Everyone in farming hoped military conscription would be short-term and when Germany’s armed forces … Continue reading

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Community racism in the USA

If you wish to read the article where this photo was taken from go to In Arkansas, white town is a black mark | Al Jazeera America

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Sadism at Eton College, 1905

“The bullying was merciless…At any rate, the senior boys in college didn’t like me…. On one occasion, I was caned by them every night for a week. At least once on the soles of my feet.” Samanth Subramanian A Dominant … Continue reading

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The Last Acrimonious Word

A wife got so mad at her husband she told him to get out. As he left she yelled, “I hope you die a long, slow, painful death.” He turned around and said, “So, you want me to stay?”

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