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A Goldfish which enjoyed being dumped in a lake

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It’s the obvious question

Honey: I’ve just had an accident and Tina took me to the hospital. The x-rays show the head injury might be serious and I’ve also got cracked ribs and a broken arm. Wife: Who’s Tina?

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Two Barbaric Sentencing Regimes: England, 1723 and California, 1994

Background Barbaric sentencing and moral panics are linked. “A moral panic is a widespread feeling of fear, often an irrational one, that some evil person or thing threatens the values, interests, or well-being of a community or society.”1 The events … Continue reading

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Marc Chagall: One of my favourite paintings

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An Italian economic boycott, 1848

….the inhabitants of Milan, under Austrian rule, followed the principle of the Boston Tea Party by giving up smoking in order to stop the Austrians obtaining revenue from a tax on tobacco. Richard Evans The pursuit of power p189

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Lockdown! Bring it on

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Book Review: Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R Sunstein ~ Noise: A flaw in human judgment (2021)

Reviewing this book puts me in a difficult situation. All I want to do is swoon at the feet of the authors proclaiming their genius. This makes me a groupie. However I’ll try to write something that looks like a … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill advocates the ‘United States of Europe’

With this plea for a United States of Europe, Churchill was one of the first to advocate European integration to prevent the atrocities of two world wars from ever happening again, calling for the creation of a Council of Europe … Continue reading

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Exercising is disastrous

The inventor of the treadmill died at the age of 54. The world bodybuilding champion died at the age of 41. The best footballer in the world Maradona, died at the age of 60. Meanwhile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The turtle, which doesn’t exercise … Continue reading

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Costco: the value of decent wages

“Unusually for a retailer, Costco invests in its employees….The average retail employee in the USA makes $12 (£8.51) an hour whereas Costco pays its employees around $24 (£17.02) an hour…..Paying a living wage benefits the business – Costco has an … Continue reading

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