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Landing on the moon

What are they going to find up there that they can’t get down here?

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Book Review: Lee Child ~ Bad Luck and Trouble (2007) (Reacher 11)

The problem for ‘book-a-year’ authors is keeping characters simultaneously the same and different. If the trick isn’t pulled off characters become stale and repetitive. Reacher is a very strong character and Lee Child can’t deviate from his Maverick strongman. A … Continue reading

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Beware of chess playing boyfriends

“To Marcel Duchamp, chess was a higher vocation than art: on his honeymoon he paid more attention to the game than to his bride. In revenge she glued his pieces to the board; divorce ensued.” New Statesman 7th October 2022 … Continue reading

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Let’s move on and not dwell on the past

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A Dean Martin* quip

“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” * Dean Martin was part of the infamous Rat Pack, which included Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra.

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Boris Johnson’s Masterclass in Political Instability: 2019-22

Boris Johnson is now officially a ‘has-been’. His rejection by Conservatives MPs confirmed this in the October 2022 leadership ‘contest’. A legacy of bad government lives on. Johnson preferred incompetent people who didn’t threaten him. Only five cabinet members lasted … Continue reading

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‘One foot in the grave’*

Margaret Meldrew:Have you had a good day while I was out? Victor Meldrew:I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a very good day, all told. In the morning, I turned some water into wine, and then I healed a … Continue reading

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21st Century quasi-slave labour in Asia

While poor urban children are still treated as slaves or indentured labor, some of their fathers remain little more than draught animals. The rickshaw has always been a notorious emblem of the degradation of labor in Asia. Invented in Japan … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christopher Brookmyre ~ All fun and games until someone loses an eye (2005)

Around about 8 pm on a Saturday night I was bored and irritable so I bought this on Amazon.1 Why this one? Well it had a quirky title and I like quirky books. I didn’t feel I was making a … Continue reading

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The Suffragettes knew how to protest

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