The Marlboro Man came to symbolise the American dream.  

  This is the story of the world’s most controversial product tobacco’s fortunes and how science triumphed over addiction. The US has been active in picking economic winners and losers with price supports for farmers, regulatory interventions  and outright state funding for innovation through the Defense Research Projects Agency. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man,…

A thought-provoking study of new technology

  New technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines as advances in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk.  So how can we thrive in a world with less work? Susskind reminds us that technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, but the challenge will be…

Poor white boys deserves scholarship charity

Sir Bryan Thwaites, a 96-year-old educationalist professor whose £1.2m scholarship scheme for poor white boys was backed by state-school head teachers, the scheme was rejected by elite schools amid fear of racial discrimination. Sir Bryan offered to leave the money in his will so that children could follow in his footsteps with scholarships to Dulwich…

Spanish teacher wears bodysuit to teach anatomy

Veronica Duque, a 43-year-old Spanish school teacher, wore a bodysuit depicting human anatomy for her students to teach them about the subject. “Knowing how hard it’s for kids so young to visualise the disposition of internal organs, I thought it was worth giving it a try” Veronica said and added she found the suit online…

Art London

THE PERFECT WAY TO GET OUT AND ABOUT AND JOIN THE ARTISTIC ELITE documented in the wonderful “Art London” a new book on the scene. This neat little book is a wonderful guide to all things Art mainly in London.  I have been to some of the Art Fairs referred to on page 8 and…

Economist’s influence

The modern liberalism since 1843, The Economist has been the single most devoted and influential champion of liberalism anywhere in the world. Today, neither economic crisis at home nor permanent warfare abroad, has dimmed the Economist’s belief in unfettered markets, limited government and a free hand for the West. The history of liberalism is on…

Lost innocence as empires are born to die

The year is 1964, in Ceylon, Jay and Kairo have debut meeting, “ I needed a guide, a hero, illumination, Jay, I now know, needed an acolyte” says Kairo, the narrator of the book, when  Ceylon is on the brink of change with schools closed, the government in disarray, the press is under threat and…

PAYING HOMAGE TO THE DEDICATED AFFICIONADOS OF ARCHITECTURE

Many of us take the buildings around us for granted.  We pass them on a bus, work worship  or live in them and sometimes never look into the complex subject of the designing placing and construction of them.  But this book breaks the mould and makes us think! This handy sized book measuring 5 by 7…

Find your Happy Way around London

Review of “33 Walks in London that you shouldn’t miss” by Nicola Perry. Photographs by Daniel Reiter. Anyone who lives in or visits London would love this book. I have read a few different chapters on walks and all of them are timed, contain photos, are directed and contain fully comprehensive details on what you…