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Blue Grass version of Rocket Man

November 17, 2017 5 comments

I like this. I wonder what the intellectual contingent think ?


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An Australian Conundrum

November 14, 2017 10 comments

When Australian politics makes international headlines, you know it will be farcical. Apparently our cherished Antipodean mates are having issues keeping senators and MPs in parliament. The reason? Quite a few apparently hold multiple citizenships which Australia bans. This is rare, if not unique. What’s even rarer is the stringency with which this rule is enforced. Barnaby Joyce and Jacqui Lambie, for example, weren’t even aware that they ever held a citizenship other than Australia’s. Read more…

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Has Zimbabwe gone coup coup?

November 14, 2017 9 comments

Judging by the photos and videos doing the rounds on social media, we may be experiencing a military coup. There are pictures of tanks and armoured vehicles heading into Harare. This follows the last week’s firing of Vice President Mnangagwa and a statement yesterday by General Chiwenga, the head of the armed forces which support Mnangagwa as opposed to Grace Mugabe wife of the President and his clear to choice to succeed. See below.


It may be too early to draw conclusions, but we are fulfilling the Chinese curse.

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Worth reading if you have time

November 13, 2017 2 comments
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‘One of our Memories is Missing’ – Nokamis

November 12, 2017 9 comments

I thought that I had lost this superb piece of writing by Nokamis when the good ship MyT sank. I’m relieved that I was able to find it again. It still says it all for me at this time of year. 

‘It’s cold here, colder than on the tube coming up, colder than the short walk from the station.  At least, it seems so. A capricious wind is whipping the downed leaves in golden whirlwinds round my feet. I’m feeling the cold particularly badly because I’m not wearing a coat. My funereal black mohair overcoat is gracing a hook in Florida, and I’m not sporting my natty bright red goose-down lined parka, just didn’t seem right. Read more…

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Random Thoughts

November 11, 2017 3 comments

My train from Dorchester to Waterloo arrived late and I was sent in the wrong direction at Waterloo. I arrived at Heathrow, thanks to a slight Tube delay, mere minutes after the deadline for dropping off luggage passed. I had to spend an additional £300 to fly to Copenhagen on the next flight.The gate agent looked and acted like she just won the Ilse Koch impersonator competition for the 20th year running. Due to the airline’s reluctance to squander time allowing passengers to store their luggage, I had to check over £1000 in German bone china. The reincarnation of the Witch of Buchenwald cost me over £350 in damaged property. Read more…

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November 11, 2017 1 comment

Just a couple of pics of and from the new Westgate Centre in Oxford. From my point of view (as a non shopper) the best feature is the top level which contains mainly restaurants and coffee shops, is largely open and affords some good views of the city. No doubt Janus will recognise some of the landmarks. Read more…

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Oh! Canada

September 30, 2017 3 comments

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September 21, 2017 14 comments

Courtesy of Evening Standard

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Good piece on the Spectator Coffee House blog site.

September 15, 2017 6 comments

Francis Maude on reforming the civil service so that it can deal with Brexit. At least that’s what the title says. In fact it is a fairly far reaching analysis of flaws in the system that many of us have already suspected.

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