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  • Ice, ice…

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    Hi my name is Jo. And I love trolley problems. I also love unintended consequences, opportunity cost and all manner of cheese. Except Casu marzu. Because I am not a… Read more

  • Visas

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    Such a great idea! Wait… what the hell just happened? Did I just agree with an article published on VOX ? In the immortal words of ‘The one’… WOAH! I… Read more

  • Shadows

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    It’ll be 75 years since in the US dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki soon. Things that needed to be done right? To save lives… This is… Read more

  • An ode to breakfasts past

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    It’s cold here today. A freezing wind is whipping down from the snowcapped mountains of Lesotho. Not a day for flip-flops. Which is the first (of many) reasons to be… Read more

  • Outrage

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    It was one of the most iconic photos taken during the second world war… A Chinese baby crying in a bombed out railway station in Shanghai that had just been… Read more

  • Sound collision

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    Just a reminder. While y’all are bitchin’ about being locked down and having to wear a mask, the Andromeda galaxy is inching ever closer to the Milky way. (I say… Read more

  • The long dark

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    To say that my routine has wobbled during lockdown would be a serious understatement. I always imagined I was made of sterner stuff. Apparently not. I’ve packed on the pounds,… Read more

  • Reality disconnect

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    People keep asking me to explain why, despite all the crisis the world finds itself in and the associated economic collapse that seems inherent in such musings, the stock market… Read more

  • 20.2020

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    I hope this ‘lets do Daddys makeup every day’ phase ends soon… not that I’m denying the obvious improvement to my natural beauty… but its quite time consuming.

  • The high cost of exploits

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    For some lockdown has just been a never-ending slew of bad decisions. People ate more, smoked more, drank more… exercised less. My bad decision was that I started playing Hearthstone… Read more

  • A sign from above

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    God is a Basset hound. Suddenly it all makes sense. Although maybe y’all just see a cloud… probably because you’re not true believers in the great slobbery one. Although… some… Read more

  • Mad-dog desperados

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    We’re all becoming mad-dog desperados. My mom went for an illegal haircut yesterday. The criminality in this family is reaching new highs. Or maybe its new lows. In any event… Read more

  • Osaka Sword-maker

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    At Osaka, I lived opposite to one Kusano Yoshiaki, a swordsmith, a most intelligent and amiable gentleman, who was famous throughout his neighbourhood for his good and charitable deeds. His… Read more

  • Sometimes it is cricket

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    Being German I come with an innate, hard coded scepticism about anything English. (it slots in right between the pedantic desire to always be on time and the the undeniable… Read more

  • Tea cozies

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    Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea-cozy, doesn’t try it on. Billy Connolly Having sired girl children I often wonder about the advice… Read more

  • Maus

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    It was 75 years since VE last week. Being from the line of people that ‘lost’ that particular conflict, its a weird sorta day. On the one hand I’m glad… Read more

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