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Film Review: The Apartment ~ Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine (1960)

Billy Wilder, the director, cast a satirical eye over the sleaze and corruption of office work in New York. In the hands of another director it could have been very dark. The fundamental misogyny of American life at that time … Continue reading

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Getting a job in an Estate Agency*

When applying for a job as an estate agent, the interviewer worried that my CV was a bit small. I said actually it’s really cosy and I was immediately hired. * Estate agent = real estate in US Alex Kealy … Continue reading

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Nazi SS Doctors and the CIA: post 1945

“They [CIA doctors] did, however, benefit from the guidance of Camp King’s staff doctor, Walter Schreiber, the former surgeon general of the Nazi army, who had overseen research at concentration camps in which prisoners were frozen, injected with hallucinogens, and … Continue reading

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President Kennedy’s Favourite Nazi

The Allies had an amoral attitude towards Nazi scientists. They were an intellectual elite and were helped to leave Germany thereby by-passing the Nuremburg Trials. Many would have been convicted and, some, would have been sentenced to death. They had … Continue reading

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Misplaced kindness

My friend only eats ‘ethical meat’. Animals who’ve lived a happy life. That’s all wrong. Ethical meat eaters should eat unhappy animals. Ismo Leikola, Edinburgh Festival 2015 (slightly altered)

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True love just left the building

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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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