Cover Page, 18 June 2020, Issue 238 Welcome to our latest edition. We hope you enjoy its articles, features and puzzles. The Shaw Sheet would like to introduce new writers either on an occasional or regular basis. So have you got some spare time at the moment? If so contact the editors at johnW@shawsheet.com for… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Cover page
18 June 2020 Trump Loses Election By failing the Dick test. By John Watson Politics has defining moments, the moments when elections are won and lost, and in the case of Donald Trump it surely happened when the White House was besieged by “black lives matter” demonstrators. The question for the President was “what to… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Trump Loses Election
18 June 2020 Marshal Konev’s Legacy Prague and Moscow. By Neil Tidmarsh Here’s a “Take down the statue!” story with a difference. I’m still trying to work out what sort of story it is. Spy thriller? Political drama? Mystery? Comedy of errors? Farce? And I suspect that there are a few more chapters yet to… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: General Konev’s Legacy
18 June 2020 A Good Day Hidden Agenda by J.R.Thomas “It’s now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.” said a special advisor (we won’t name them) at the Department of Industry, shortly after the second plane hit the Twin Towers nineteen years ago. She lost her job over that,… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: A Good Day
18 June 2020 Want to Combat Racism? Reform the history curriculum! By Richard Rhodes Pooley Eagle-eyed, regular readers of this column will have noticed that the editors have added my middle name to my byline this week. My dear, long-dead mother was convinced that Cecil Rhodes was an ancestor but never showed me any evidence. … Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Want to Combat Racism?
18 June 2020 FOMO vs. Oh-No Chasing equities by Frank O’Nomics “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” screamed Chicken-Licken. “So sell the sky”, reasoned the investment banker. Stock markets are fickle. The last quarter has seen the full gamut of investor emotion; initial panic selling, then a hunt for bargains, followed by piling… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: FOMO vs Oh-No
18 June 2020 Rhodes must Fall? by Philip Throp “Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life” (Cecil Rhodes to Lord Grey) Cecil Rhodes, born in 1853 at Bishops Stortford. A sickly child, he was sent by his parents at age 17 to South Africa for… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Rhodes Must Fall?
18 June 2020 The New Normal Or same old? By Lynda Goetz Many are hoping that somehow our post-Covid-19 world will be an improvement on the old one; that somehow this pause moment of lockdown will allow for a resetting of some of the less desirable aspects of human society and behaviour. History suggests that… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: The New Normal
18 June 2020 Home Learning Split the universities. By Robert Kilconner It would be wasteful and sad if the effect of lock-down was not to move things along. For some time the medical profession has been divided over whether or not online consultations were the way forward. Well, they have now been tried on a… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Home Learning
18 June 2020 Diary of a Corbynista PFA to the Rescue by Don Urquhart 11 June At PMQ’s yesterday, Johnson referred to a conversation he had had with Keir Starmer where the Labour leader had apparently committed to support government policy on schools. Once Starmer was back on his feet he reported that no such… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Diary of a Corbynista
18 June 2020 View from the Cotswolds The Heart of the Matter By Paul Branch Those who can look at an issue and instantly spot a solution or form a decision, no matter how complicated the subject matter, have my deepest admiration. Take abortion as an example. In this enlightened country of ours, the rights… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Heart of the Matter
18 June 2020 Social Distancing in Cumbria Week 13 by Vic Leader It’s now 3 calendar months since ordinary life ended and we entered the strangeness. We were warned that isolation would create mental health issues. No wonder then that, as we seek a path back, a lot of pent up anger, discord and general… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Social Distancing
18 June 2020 Big Bang IT by Don Urquhart Some colleagues from back then have offered reminiscences. Julian Annis – The Trainee What excitement joining a large international team building, implementing then supporting “soup to nuts” a brand new system for a growing American bank! It was 1985, and three of us travelled to New… Continue reading Issue 238: 2020 06 18: Big Bang IT