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Book Review: Paul McGrath~ Back from the brink: The Autobiography

Paul McGrath’s autobiography is a must read. It’s honest, brutally honest and oh-my-god honest. McGrath was brought up in a children’s home where discipline was ‘robust’. As a black boy, in racist Catholic Ireland, McGrath suffered tremendously. His natural athleticism … Continue reading

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The Defunct Prime Minister

The political sharks, are circulating They won’t hesitate; They taste, defeat A weakened mortal morsel, Is now just – faded bait. Does she wait in anticipation For the fatal stab in the back Will she jump before, the push, or … Continue reading

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Rudolf Hess, Rolf Harris and humanitarian sentencing

“There is to my mind no justification for keeping Hess in prison any longer. He is 88. He has been in prison for 40 years. He has been without the company of other prisoners for over 16 years. Humanitarian reasons … Continue reading

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The Governor of the Bank of England and the Nazis in 1934

Monty* says that Hitler and Schacht** are the bulwarks of civilization in Germany and the only friends we have. *Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England **Hjalmar Schacht, President of the Reichsbank (He was found not guilty of crimes … Continue reading

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Toxic elitism in British grammar schools in the 1950s

” In the sixth form we were divided into subject based groups on a very traditional basis. The academically brilliant were encouraged to enter Sixth Classics to study [ancient] Greek and Latin. The next most able were encouraged to go into Sixth … Continue reading

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The lottery winner and his wife

Jack returned from a journey after trying to empty the train bar. He was greeted by his obviously unhappy wife as he staggered and weaved off the train She immediately laid into him about his drunkenness. He tells her he’s … Continue reading

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Our intolerant society: a rough sleeper in our tower block

On our Council estate in north-east London we have a diverse group of people including some very obnoxious individuals. At the repulsive end of the spectrum our caretaker came across a woman sleeping rough in the basement of one of … Continue reading

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