Monthly Archives: May 2014

When bankers saw risk as well as reward

When he was a student at Harvard, Bank of England governor Mark Carney played back-up goalie in the teeth-threatening Canadian pastime of ice hockey. So Carney knows a bit about risk.. On Tuesday May 27 he gave a speech to … Continue reading

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Should an independent Scotland be allowed a British vote in 2015?

If Scotland votes in a binding referendum in 2014 to become a foreign country, can the British Constitution allow the Scots to vote in the UK a whole year later in 2015 — or to send MPs to a Parliament … Continue reading

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But you can’t trace time…

‘To settle a family argument’, as they say… In the usual robust and frank exchange of views with my brother-in-law, the sort of which customarily take place late in the afternoon following a convivial lunch, we took opposite sides on … Continue reading

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Selfie Control

Back in the Christians’ Holy Week I saw a cartoon in a magazine. Believers may have been knee-jerk offended by its blasphemy. Not a depiction of the M prophet… the Western world would not have dared… but of their guy … Continue reading

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There’s a man going round, taking names

To quote the intro to The Six Million Dollar Man, ‘We have the technology…’ To do lots of things, it’s true, but one of them is to assist in the rise to unstoppable power of a demagogue who might make … Continue reading

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History is the Pitts

For those who love the discoveries of history as I do, you have almost certainly at some time in your life been closer to the slough of despond than an exit off the M4 between Windsor and Reading. History looking … Continue reading

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Spelling bee is a game of two hives

Can anyone shed any light on a strange cultural diaspora. We get it that the ‘humor/humour’, ‘aluminium/aluminum’, ‘sulfur/sulphur’ etc schism now exists between the predominant forms of English. My question is does anyone know if and when there was some … Continue reading

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