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Quantitative easing, 3rd century BC style

July 22, 2011

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Dionysius the Elder was sort of a dick, really. It’s what you’d expect from the ruler of a city-state (Syracuse) that allied itself with Sparta and Corinth, both of whom prioritised the state over the people. They pretty much tortured male children in order to ensure that they became good soliders; huge numbers of female […]

Until 18 May 2011: ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’ 30% off!

May 11, 2011

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Good news for those of you looking to learn more about the Middle Eastern and North African revolutions of 2010-11. ‘The Revolution Will Be Tweeted?’, the definitive book about the events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen – as well as other countries who were touched by the effects of a civilian uprising […]

How 1884 Berlin affected 2010 Africa

January 21, 2011

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The following is the first of several excerpts from my new book, African Lions, published in February: The Berlin Conference held in 1884 was a grand meeting of old imperial hands. Chargés d’affaires from Europe’s leading colonial powers gathered in long drawing rooms to sit around impossibly large tables, a phalanx of wallflower advisors backing […]

Good riddance to Get Carter

August 19, 2010

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The scene in Get Carter is iconic: Michael Caine’s Jack Carter confronts businessman Cliff Brumby in the bowels of the concrete car park as the cold Gateshead wind whips by them. Owen Luder’s exercise n Brutalism has dominated the skyline of Gateshead for more than 40 years, but is slowly being chipped away at by […]