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Assassination as Government Policy

“The assassination of a political leader is among the highest profile acts of political violence…”1 “Political assassination is the murder of a significant individual by an organised conspiracy in pursuit of political ends.”2 “And the executioner’s face is always well … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robin Sloan ~ Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore (2012)

I’d read two books by favoured authors consecutively and had a Monty Python moment – I wanted something ‘completely different’. But what? So I did a search for an elusive ‘completely different’ book by putting key indicators into Mr Google. … Continue reading

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Knock, Knock

Two astronauts were circling earth. One went on a space walk to do some minor maintenance. When he returned the cabin door was locked. So he knocked. There was no answer. He knocked again. Louder this time. There was still … Continue reading

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And the cow jumped over the moon

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P G Wodehouse for newcomers

1) “Mike nodded. A sombre nod. The nod Napoleon might have given if somebody had met him in 1812 and said, “So, you’re back from Moscow, eh?” P.G. Wodehouse, Mike and Psmith 2) “Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness … Continue reading

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The perils of special deals

An airline introduced a special half-fare rate for wives accompanying their husbands on business trips. Anticipating some valuable testimonials, the publicity airlines PR department sent letters to all the wives of businessmen asking how they’d enjoyed their trip. Responses are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bruce Hood ~ The Self Illusion: who do you think you are? (2012)

Moving out of an intellectual comfort zone is bracing. Am I making decent critique or is it all a tedious misunderstanding? Hood’s principal point is a, “major discovery is that there is no centre in the brain where the self … Continue reading

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The Square Isn’t There

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Stadium Religion: USA

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Book Review: E F Benson ~ Make Way For Lucia (including Queen Lucia (1920) and Miss Mapp (1922))

Amazon are wonderful at making money and keeping everybody happy. Publishing out-of-copyright 1920s novels and selling them for £0.49 is quintessential ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’.1 Kindle accessibility, ultra-cheap prices, no storage – swoon! But what of the product? … Continue reading

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