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When the Tory MP Ian Gow was murdered by the IRA and our screens were showing pictures of his widow, her face frozen in a rictus of shock and grief, a colleague next to me remarked, ‘Look, she can’t stop grinning. She must have really hated the bastard!’ ...read more
When American feminist campaigners began to draw attention to the gross minimizing (as they saw it) of the problems of rape and intra-familial sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s, they used the technique of personal testimony. In the nineteenth century, this was a popular device deployed both by the antislavery movement, and by Christian revivalist movements, to promote their cause. read more
The central aim of French policy was to start a new war, defeat Germany and get back the lost provinces (of Alsace Lorraine). The Germans had no wish to go to war with France, for they were a satisfied power. They prepared diligently and systematically for such a war but only because they knew the French were bound to unleash it, particularly after the French began forming alliances against them....read more
London buses often mean a close meeting of communities who never normally get near each other, to the grief of Left Wing people who like to imagine we live in some kind of Tower of Babel/Rainbow Nation, where man speaketh unto man. Strangely, most of those people do not travel by bus and miss experiencing the thing they so crave...read more
John Dramani Mahama’s first experiences of a coup d’état took place, according to his autobiography, on February 24th 1966. At that time our hero was a boarding school pupil, aged seven. The picture on the cover must have been taken not long before, and shows an anxious little boy trying hard to be good...subscribe
An African David CopperfieldRoy Kerridge My first Coup d’état. Memories from the Lost Decades of Africa, John Dramani Mahama, Bloomsbury, 2012, £14.99.
Domestic Felicity Celia Haddon.Cat Sense. The Feline Enigma Revealed, John Bradshaw, Allen Lane, Hdback, 2013, £20.00.
Modern life is stressful for cats. Once they were pest controllers, lucky if they were allowed in the kitchen rather than just the barn, and lucky to get kitchen scraps or cheap foods like milk and fish. Now felines lounge in the living room and sleep on the double bed. Many of them never leave the house all their lives and can only gaze through the window at, rather than pounce upon, a tasty mouse subscribe
Reputations: Fred HoyleMyles Harris In the 1950’s Hoyle theorised how carbon atoms, the building blocks of life, are manufactured in the cosmos,
Hoyle was famous for his opposition to the Big Bang Theory, the idea that the entire cosmos sprang from a single dimensionless point in space of no mass in an infinitely small fraction of time. He proposed instead a Steady State Theory, that the universe has always existed and will always exist, replenishing its stock of chemicals in billions of nuclear furnaces in the stars
In 221 BC the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi,, ordered that any literature not in the official archive should be burnt and its authors buried alive....Like the Emperor Qin, our government has enacted legislation with which they hope to purge the wicked past of the British press and start anew. read more
London Life. Doing my hospital visiting yesterday, Tuesday 26th November, I noticed a load of large black serge covered backsides gathered around a bed, chains hanging down. It took me awhile to take it in, then I realised the whole bed was surrounded by male and female prison officers, all equally glum looking, all staring at a slender figure chained to the bed.
Only 2% of Stamp Collectors are Women. There used to be an advertisement that claimed that a certain brand of beer could reach parts of the world that other beers could not reach. I also once read of a certain traveller's ambition, which was to reach somewhere where no Nescafé had ever been drunk.
'Authentic' Female Genital Mutilation Last night, 7/11/13 I went to a lecture at a church in Ealing, organised by the vicar, about whether there is a 'clash of civilisations,' between the west and Islam.The speaker quickly announced that there wasn't, and said he'd been on the 'Great March,' against the war in Iraq.