Monthly Archives: June 2012

The English, by a German

In this Jubilee and Olympics year, it’s interesting to go back 400 years or so and come across this description of the English.  It is from a book found by Project Gutenberg and called Travels in England during the reign … Continue reading

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How to change the law

Sooner or later, bureaucracy bows to reality.  Here is an example, from Sudan 30 years ago. At ease in his fan-cooled office in Khartoum, the Sudanese official had a document of about a dozen pages to show me.  He slid … Continue reading

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Employer employee relations

A vignette from that master of gossip, John Aubrey.  Discussing Sir William Petty (died 1687) he suddenly diverts us with this little tale: Sir William Petty had a boy that whistled incomparably well. He after wayted on a Lady, a … Continue reading

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