Author Archives: Rob Godfrey

The FTSE’s faulty and the Dow is down

I don’t claim to be an expert when in comes to economics; in fact, all that FTSE and Dow Jones stuff is just meaningless numbers to me, and I expect it’s the same for many other people. However, the recent … Continue reading

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Bombs and Cherry Blossoms

Born in Tokyo in 1909, Midori Naka was a well-known stage actress of the Shingeki style. In early 1945, Naka became lead actress in the Sakura-tai (Japanese for ‘Cherry Blossom Unit’), a newly formed mobile theater group. Later that year … Continue reading

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Cousins in Cornwall

Here in France we rent out the main part of the house as a holiday gite. It’s big, four bedrooms, all en-suite, and with a double sofabed in the office the house can comfortably sleep twelve people. This means we … Continue reading

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Buesseler and Blanch

On this 70th anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on two heavily populated Japanese cities, it’s rather depressing that Japan is restarting its nuclear reactors, which have all been shut down since the Fukushima disaster began more than four years … Continue reading

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Phat Bollard

Phat Bollard were formed in 2010 in Calstock, Cornwall. They describe themselves as a folk group, although I would say they also got a punk edge and have some similarities to The Pogues. Phat Bollard travel all over the UK, … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole

I would guess that most people outside of the UK won’t have much interest in the Labour Party leadership contest. Normally, most people who live in the UK wouldn’t have much interest, either. In 2015, though, the leadership contest has … Continue reading

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Ignacy Paderewski

Born in 1860, Ignacy Paderewski was a pianist, composer and politician who went on to become the first prime minister of Poland. He was also a noted linguist and spoke seven languages fluently. Paderewski became the music superstar of his … Continue reading

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Port Simpson to Prince Rupert

In June, Dana Durnford arrived home after spending 160 days on the ocean, an epic voyage which he calls the ‘Expedition for Life’. Dana lives on the Sunshine Coast, the mainland and chain of islands that stretches for a hundred … Continue reading

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A Very British Coup

In recent posts I’ve talked about how the media have become a complete joke (here), in fact the media are corporate controlled, and corporations put money/profit above everything else, which means that the agenda with respect to politics is firmly … Continue reading

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Flora and Fauna and Fission

In my previous post I was banging on about a tv programme that was broadcast in Australia at the weekend. It was called Spies, Lords and Predators and was an expose of the Westminster child sex abuse scandal. The programme … Continue reading

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