Issue 356: 2023 06 01: Cover page

Cover Page, 1 June 2023, Issue 356 Welcome to our June issue. This month we consider: Rachel Reeves, schools and ‘loopy loopholes’; Robert Kennedy and the Democrats; artificial intelligence; obesity and its issues; a traditional Russian folk tale to worry the Kremlin; Premier League football; and Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian at Tate Modern.… Continue reading Issue 356: 2023 06 01: Cover page

Wackford Reeves

School blackboard with random handdrawn chalk education symbols and the word SCHOOL in the centre in a teaching and learning concept

1 June 2023 Wackford Reeves Loopy loopholes. By Robert Kilconner Biff, Bang, Wallop, Thrash. Dickens’s anti-hero Wackford Squeers certainly had his theories of education. Rachel Reeves follows the same model but in her case the biffing, banging, walloping and thrashing is of the private educational sector rather than of the pupils. Still, there is a… Continue reading Wackford Reeves

The Nephew Also Rises 

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1 June 2023 The Nephew Also Rises by J.R. Thomas In the latest episode of “Succession – White House” a shock manoeuvre against President Joe sees his son Hunter stand against his father for the Presidential nomination. Can he win? Joe rings Kamala to ask her views – but Kamala has gone out. Maybe back… Continue reading The Nephew Also Rises 

Keeping Sane

1 June 2023 Keeping Sane The advance of AI. By John Watson Competition leads to extremes and the fiercer the competition the harder it is to restrain the tendency. Take phone hacking as an example. At a time of dwindling newspaper readership, intrusive reporting boosts circulation so, guess what, each round of hacking and spying… Continue reading Keeping Sane


1 June 2023 Fat is more than a feminist issue. By Lynda Goetz The other day I was sent a two-frame cartoon which made me laugh. The issue it raised, like many things which make us laugh, is serious. The first frame showed a male figure, clearly intended to be a father, (I do hope… Continue reading Fat

The Wolf and the Goat

1 June 2023 The Wolf and the Goat A Russian folk tale. By Neil Tidmarsh Just to show that the Shaw Sheet (ever striving to be fair-minded) isn’t no-platforming Russian culture, here’s a Russian folk tale: Once upon a time a nanny goat and her kids lived in a little hut in the middle of… Continue reading The Wolf and the Goat

How the Mighty are Risen

1 June 2023 How the Mighty are Risen by Paul Branch Every dog has its day, and in many cases that day can be a long time coming.  Some days can go on seemingly without end; for others it is but a flickering candle, burning brightly for a second or two and then a puff… Continue reading How the Mighty are Risen

Klint and Mondrian- Forms of Life

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937-42 Piet Mondrian 1872-1944 Purchased 1964

1 June 2023 Hilma af Klint & Piet Mondrian –   Forms of Life Tate Modern 20 April – 3 September 2023 Review by William Morton There are a number of reasons why the Tate has chosen to hold an exhibition covering the Swede, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) and the Dutchman, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). They were… Continue reading Klint and Mondrian- Forms of Life


1 June 2023 Crossword Number 356 By Boffles Click for this month’s interactive online crossword [TO FOLLOW] Click for a printable version of this month’s crossword Click for solution to crossword 355 Boffles 2 now available from Amazon at £6.99.Just the thing for spring afternoons. Share this using… Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Whatsapp


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