Lefties vs Righties, a 200-year-old comparison

Aug 26

Edmund Burke First of all, I don’t consider myself left or right wing. I consider myself of the left on some issues, of the right on others. But I do think this: right wing writers write better than their left wing counterparts. Or at least, they do when their writing is explicitly political (let’s leave the Romantics out of...

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What was…The Ike and Mac Show?

Jul 26

What was…The Ike and Mac Show? It is 1959, and President Eisenhower is on a tour of Europe. Things could be going better – Khrushchev has just become Premier of the Soviet Union, and Castro is kicking up a storm in Cuba. Meanwhile, Harold MacMillan has been the British Prime Minister for two years. He will have to fight his first...

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What was…the Guinness Clock?

Jul 26

What was…the Guinness Clock? It’s 1951, and the Festival of Britain is in full swing – sort of. There’s a suspicion that the whole thing is a bit of a white elephant, and it’s nine bloody shillings for a coffee. The display of British achievements in arts and science on the South Bank has been described as a ‘tonic for the...

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