Cover Page, 7 January 2021, Issue 261 Happy New Year and welcome to our latest edition. This week we lead with comments on the EU/UK trade deal. We also consider the USA’s Senate run-off in Georgia, hate crimes, Covid and New Year in Japan, Demis Hassabis and DeepMind, our latest report on Covid-19 statistics, a… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Cover page
07 January 2021 The Trade Deal An extraordinary achievement. By John Watson With the ink now dry on the new trade deal between the UK and the EU, the next stage of the domestic politics has begun. It is true that by coming to an agreement which avoided tariff barriers on goods the Government has… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: The Trade Deal
07 January 2021 Boris Pulls It Off! That trade deal in numbers. By Paul Branch Brexit oven-ready deal done and dusted on Christmas Eve, and approved and signed by New Year’s Eve. Boris can do no wrong, his celestial ascent now guarantees him a significant entry in future history books, and he has every right… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Boris Pulls It Off!
A look at the new variant, first brought to the public’s attention in the UK government’s COVID press briefing on 19 December shows that it is only part of the reason for the recent rise in UK infections.
07 January 2021 Georgia On Their Minds Donald’s rerun. By J.R. Thomas Donald has got his rerun, and by the time you read this you may know the result. But the rerun, or more properly, run-off, will not make any difference to the President completing his packing and booking the removals haulier to Florida or… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Georgia On Their Minds
07 January 2021 Hate Crimes (Revisited)[i] To be extended – really? By Lynda Goetz A small item of news caught my eye at the weekend. “Fired Asda worker was ‘not racist but querying purchase’ “, ran the headline. It appeared that Samantha Doherty was fired from her job as a checkout worker at Asda after… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Hate Crimes (Revisited)
7 January 2021 Diary of a Corbynista Obeying with a few questions by Don Urquhart 16 December Today’s Guardian headline: UNICEF to feed hungry children in UK for first time in 70-year history Dovetailing neatly with reductions in the foreign aid budget and a Brexit which many believe is aimed at reducing workers’ rights and… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Diary of a Corbynista
07 January 2021 Shōgatsu The Japanese New Year in the time of Covid By Richard Pooley Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! is the cheery greeting (literally “congratulations for the dawn of the new year”) you would have heard from friends, neighbours and work colleagues if you had been in Japan for the last few days. Like everyone… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Shogatsu
07 January 2021 Protein-Folding and Other Games Demis Hassabis, homo ludens. By Neil Tidmarsh Last month, science put on its Santa-suit and gave humanity a whole sledgeful of early Christmas presents: the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine, the Moderna vaccine – and the secrets of protein-folding. Understanding the mysteries of protein-folding – the three-dimensional shapes… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Protein-Folding
07 January 2021 Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Revealed and explained. By Philip Throp Wagner’s Ring cycle of operas has the reputation of being among the most cerebral of all operas, and the most difficult to understand, both in respect of the construction and patterns of its music and the meaning(s) of its storyline. Without any technical music… Continue reading Issue 261: 2021 01 07: Wagner’s ‘Ring’
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