Category Archives: UK

Britain, it’s time for a revolution!

What kind of a country is that which celebrates having had the same un-elected head of state for 63 years?

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250,000 cigars

In his book The Churchill Factor, Boris Johnson makes the apodictic claim that Winston Churchill smoked 250,000 cigars over his lifetime. This number looks too much like it has been pulled out of Mr Churchill’s famous hat. Let’s apply some … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Young Philby” by Robert Littell

I don’t know why I go for historical fiction or alternative history again and again, when I should know by now that I’ll be annoyed or disappointed. In Young Philby, Robert Littell tries to flesh out the early life of … Continue reading

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When terrorism was a women’s issue

Remember when your grandmother told you about her time with the Suffragettes, the women campaigning for voting rights in early 20th-century Britain? But they did not only pass out pamphlets, give speeches and sit around knitting and drinking tea. No, some of … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

There are spy stories which have become better by being turned into movies (Ian Fleming’s James Bond being the prime example) and there are those whose writers never should have given permission for their stories to be put on the screen. Tom Rob Smith’s Child … Continue reading

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But apart from this minor detail, the NHS is the best health service in the world.

A report by the Commonwealth Fund which compared the health systems of 11 countries gave top marks to Britain’s tax-funded universal National Health Service. If only there wasn’t this tiny detail which dampens the jubilant mood just a bit:

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Easily Confused (48) Bank Holiday

Bank holiday in Britain: Bank holiday in Greece:

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