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PEARL OF THE BALTIC: The elderly are suffering in Riga

WHEN, in 2013, I predicted the collapse of the EUSSR (European Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) there were chortles but they are not laughing now. Germany lurches from crisis to crisis under a rickety coalition regime. As an aside, post-war Germany is hindered by an illegal constitution imposed by the Allies in 1945. Germany’s armed […]

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A dynasty slaughtered

THIS year marks the centennial of the massacre of Imperial Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family. In July 1918, their Bolshevik captors herded the doomed family into a basement in Yekaterinburg under the pretext that their photograph was to be taken. The Tsar and Tsarina Alexandra, their daughters, Olga (22), Tatiana (21), Maria (19), […]

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A right royal bash

WITH the royal wedding coming up, my mind went back to the last royal bash in 2011 when William and Kate tied the knot. Having heard that ‘The Girls’ were converging on our house on the big day to watch it on TV, I had decided to make myself scarce and potter around elsewhere. Weddings […]

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Error terror of air travel

MY jet-setting son suggested that he would welcome the onset of pilotless flying. Recoiling in horror, I heatedly replied that nothing would get me to board a computer-managed airliner. In fact, many air disasters result not from mechanical but from pilot error. It is possible to provide multi-backed up computer systems that virtually eliminate inflight […]

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Taken for mugs

THE British electorate, are constantly cheated, scorned and taken for fools by their self-styled lords and masters. The latest insult is a peer’s impudent demand that the retired elderly should do community work or lose their pensions. Lord Bichard, or Baron Bichard to you serfs, has never been employed in a proper job. A career […]

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This mortal coil

SOMEBODY used the expression ‘shuffling off this mortal coil’ recently, then, shortly after, it cropped up in a book I was reading. We all know pretty much what it means and I have heard it a million times before, but I wondered where such an odd expression came from. Had I paid better attention at […]

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Who’s laughing now

WHERE mass demonstrations failed and insurrection found wanting many a regime was brought crashing to the ground by ridicule. The royal houses of Britain could shrug off criticism by the bucketful but what the ruling elite fear most is ridicule. Making fun of the Soviet system was sure to get the joker a one-way ticket […]