Monthly Archives: August 2021

A slightly different Peppa Pig storyline

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Leonard Cohen’s Wisdom

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.“

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From The Third Rock from the Sun*

“I think we’ve underestimated the life on this planet. The people have so much courage. Here they are hurtling through space on a molten rock at 67,000 miles an hour and the only thing that keeps them from flying out … Continue reading

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Film Review: East is East (Channel 4 catch-up) (1999)

This film is so brilliant it’s hard to know where to begin. Humour It’s a northern film (Salford) replete with hard hitting wit. There are no ‘no-go’ areas. The film is set in appalling housing with seven children and two … Continue reading

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P G Wodehouse on Depression

“Ginger’s depression deepened. A dinner with Uncle Donald would have hardly been a cheerful function, even in the surroundings of a banquet in the Arabian Nights. There was that about Uncle Donald’s personality which would have cast a sobering influence … Continue reading

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Tony Hancock* is reading

Hancock: Do you mind? I’m trying to read, don’t interrupt! I’m on the edge of me seat here. Sid James: Good, is it? Hancock: Good? This is red hot, this is, mate. I’d hate to think of a book like … Continue reading

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Married Women’s Property Act, 1870: Britain’s first ‘Feminist’ legislation

“…a woman, on marrying, relinquished her personal property—moveable property such as money, stocks, furniture, and livestock— to her husband’s ownership; by law he was permitted to dispose of it at will at any time in the marriage and could even … Continue reading

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A job interview

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The monetary value of biodiversity

Swiss bee colonies, for example, have been shown to ensure “a yearly agricultural production worth about US$ 213 million by providing pollination,” and the value of an improved microclimate from 400,000 trees planted by local authorities in Canberra [Australia] has … Continue reading

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