Forget the Spanish ‘flu of 1919. The real biggy in terms of mortality was the Black Death which raged through Europe from 1347 to 1351 and which in some places was responsible for a quarter to a half of the population dying. Such a dramatic event had an enormous impact on…
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The UK is currently basking in a two-day public holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year rule. Not having to go to work for a few days is…
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You don’t need to search hard these days to find incoherence in government policy. In his first year in office, US President Joe Biden has stamped a…
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One of the joys of re-watching old films is spotting the cultural assumptions of the time which you missed when you first watched it. Daniel Craig’s…
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For those not familiar with cricket, the terminology can seem impenetrable, with its short legs, silly points and googlies. One bit of lingo that has…
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As far as business self-immolation goes, no story is quite as good as the Gerald Ratner one. The inheritor of a high-street jewellery chain who had…
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There is an inconvenient truth emerging for those sanctioning Russia for its invasion of the Ukraine. Europe’s reliance on Russian energy exports has…
‘Quintessentially’ is one of those words which tends to get associated with England and English things - cups of tea, trooping the colour, losing at…
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