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winston churchill work from home

How to work from home (according to Churchill, Einstein and Napoleon)

March 26, 2020 12:56 pm

As P.G. Wodehouse finished each page of a book he was writing, he would pin it to his office wall at a height indicating how good it was

autarkeia

How to be self-sufficient

March 19, 2020 1:46 pm

For Aristotle, and eventually Plato too, while personal autarkeia was an ideal, only a city-state could deliver it

harnden

A final farewell

March 17, 2020 4:06 pm

Some carefully chosen words about what it means to say goodbye

jewish joy

Joy is the Jewish way of defeating hate

March 17, 2020 11:49 am

Someone once summarized the main Jewish festivals in three sentences. ‘They tried to destroy us. We survived. Let’s eat’

pansexual

We’ve been pansexual for a while now

March 6, 2020 10:51 am

Like ‘television’, ‘pansexuality’ is a bastard form, founded half on a Greek word and half on a Latin one

keir starmer

What would a Keir Starmer Labour party look like?

February 27, 2020 12:13 pm

Expect some strategic ambiguity in the early stages

guinea

Where did it all go wrong in Guinea?

February 27, 2020 11:59 am

President Condé has begun to succumb to African Strongman Syndrome

brexit nanny

Le crunch: are the Brexit talks doomed before they begin?

February 26, 2020 11:38 pm

The EU and the UK are set for a bad-tempered first few meetings

gun

My favorite gun is the gun that will save my life

February 22, 2020 7:40 am

‘Any man with any strength should go to a .45’

bats

Why have so many of our recent viruses come from bats?

February 20, 2020 11:28 am

Coronavirus is far from the first disease they’ve passed on to us

parasite

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

February 20, 2020 11:16 am

It now seems that it is absolutely prohibited to say anything about anything that doesn’t conform with the proscribed mores of the politically correct majority

bloomberg

Can Mike Bloomberg’s billions make up for his personality?

February 19, 2020 11:24 pm

‘Mini Mike’ is the only candidate rich enough to intimidate the president

tergiversation

What is a ‘tergiversation’?

February 18, 2020 10:42 am

The Latin for ‘back’ is ‘tergum’

Cat cafe

Cat cafés mix business with pleasure

February 16, 2020 1:44 pm

Paws-itively purr-fect

impeachment

Ancient Athens would have been horrified by Trump’s impeachment

February 15, 2020 10:57 am

What is democratic about the way we do impeachment?

european

The death of the center in European politics

February 14, 2020 11:36 pm

Voters pick candidates precisely because they don’t play by the rules

primary democrats

How many Democrats have made it to the first primary in the last 40 years?

February 11, 2020 12:41 pm

Back in 2016, only three Democrats made it to Iowa

prisons
homosexuality

God’s honest truth? Homosexuality is hardly mentioned in the Bible

February 6, 2020 11:08 am

Jesus is actually extraordinarily indifferent to the sex lives of those around him

germans

The agony of Brexit — for us Germans

January 30, 2020 10:21 am

We never thought Britain would actually leave us stranded and alone

failure

Britain needs to rediscover failure if it wants to prosper

January 30, 2020 9:43 am

We should have the courage to take risks on new ventures that may not guarantee a return

social

Brexit ruined our social lives. Can we now kiss and make up?

January 30, 2020 9:32 am

Remainers’ anger has subsided, but this is an uneasy peace

brexit

How it all went right: the great Brexit wound has almost healed

January 30, 2020 12:06 am

It didn’t take a generation – it took about two weeks

reset

The link between politics and moisturizer

January 25, 2020 2:19 pm

With some surprise I found reset has been in use since the early 17th century

new york

An Englishman in New York

January 24, 2020 4:05 pm

Mist was blowing in drifts off the East River and already I could feel the intoxication of the city