No lessons from history

A very well-analysed article.

Lion & Unicorn

Past performance, as they say in financial services, is not an indicator of future outcomes. The same is true in politics.

There are some broad lessons one can draw from history: the British electorate tend to vote solely on domestic issues, for example, as Winston Churchill found out in 1945, and Tony Blair in 2005 – and possibly Theresa May this year. But there are times when one has to admit that looking at the past is no help at all; the present really is a different country.

Which is pretty much the case right now. We haven’t been anywhere like this in modern times.

You can see some parallels, of course. Maybe the late 1970s, when living standards fell, with prices rising faster than wages, and there was a loss of faith in the future. We also then had a government expressing doubts about the economic policies that had…

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Memories of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Some wonderful photojournalism from a former classmate of mine. Not just a blogger, but also a published author.

Liz Taylorson

The setting of Robin Hood’s Bay, the little old fishing village just south of Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast was one of the key inspirations for “The Little Church By the Sea” and it’s a place I’ve been visiting all my life.

When I was little, I used to be taken to “Bay” to visit a friend of my mother’s who lived in one of the the new houses at the top of the bank. I loved the view from her garden over the village to beach and the bay beyond, and I especially loved going to visit in the winter when the weather was stormy, but it was cosy in her house looking out over the sweep of the bay.


I also loved the old village with its twisting paths and cottages – we went to see the ancient little cottage that had once belonged to this friend’s…

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Disunity In The Tory Party And What It Means For The Country

Thought-provoking article.


The Conservative Party traditionally involves many career politicians with ambitions of getting a senior post in the cabinet or becoming prime minister.

Of course they also want to form a government or – more accurately – be/remain in power. Theresa May, however, is now threatening that vision which is why a rebellion triggered by leadership hopefuls or backbenchers could be highly likely at some point – especially after May announced that she would fight the next election. I don’t think that (former) Tory MPs will forget either losing their seat or having had a drastically reduced vote share.

Compared to the danger for single Tory politicians whose prospects of staying in power are slowly fading, the danger of a shambolic government that still is in power is far greater for the general public.

The Tories are for example utterly disunited on Brexit (eg Johnson’s article in the Daily Telegraph). There…

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Laura Kuenssberg: the fact that people hate her shows that she is an impeccable journalist

A very accurate analysis.

The Personal Blog of Henry Jones

The English novelist George Orwell once said, ‘Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed’. Not only do I like this quote, but I agree with it. I personally don’t think a good journalist should be liked; a good journalist might one day report on something that makes you like them, but the next day, because they’re a good journalist, will report on something you don’t like.

Laura Kuenssberg is an example of a brilliant political journalist because, I’d argue, absolutely everyone hates her (hyperbole intended): Tory or Labour; male or female; Christian or Atheist; Leave or Remain; for Scottish independence or against: because she reports on the facts, people don’t like her. Any fact will always be damming to a group.

Kuenssberg has received anger from all directions in the past few years. During this year’s snap election, she was given a bodyguard, after she received abuse from…

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Interesting Facts about Germany: Teddy on the Road- the History of the Gatso

Useful to know…


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While travelling along the highway visiting some friends in Leipzig a while back, I had a chance to listen to the German news and the traffic report, where they report accidents, speeding and even broken-down vehicles when I was taken aback from a phone call made to a radio station that, like Leipzig, is located in the same German state of Saxony. With my passenger next to me we were snickering when we heard a typical Saxon living near the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) calling in by saying the following:

“Auf der B 175 in Glauchau gibt es einen Teddy auf der Fahrbahn zwischen Jerisau und Gesau.”  (EN: On Highway 175, there is a Teddy on the road between Jerisau and Gesau in the City of Glauchau)

A Teddy? My first reaction to my passenger, who is also from the region but nearer to Stollberg was one for the ages:…

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Less vs. Fewer

Less of fewer: the easy way.

The Fairy Godwriter

Hello, little darlings!

After a brief hiatus on my usual grammar rants, I have decided it’s time to post again. So here I am, to tell you about a very common mistake: Using “fewer” and “less” interchangeably.

This one’s actually very understandable, since when we think of “fewer,” we think of “less”. So if you want to roll your eyes, go ahead. But for some people, once they have learned something, they can’t unlearn it, and stick to the rule. I am one of those people.

According to Merriam Webster dictionary, fewer means “a smaller number of persons or things”.

It’s as easy as A, B, C…

Ok, cupcakes, here are a couple of examples:

Use fewer when referring to something you can actually count: “Next time you make this recipe, try using fewer cloves of garlic.”

Use less when referring to something you cannot count: “Next time…

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