A lousy deal for the young

Nearly two-thirds of childless single British adults aged 20-34 have either never left the family home, or have moved back into it, according to new research into the “boomerang” generation. There are now an estimated 3.5 million young single adults living with their parents in the UK, a third more than a decade ago. (The …

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The fairness of the election

Across Europe, there is alarm not just about what happens on election day in the US, but about American democracy itself. Fewer than one in 10 think the US election will be free and fair. Yet large numbers of Europeans confess they don’t know whether Biden would be good for the world. Perhaps Trump’s legacy …

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Catholics and the US election

Four years ago, according to the Pew Research Center, 52% of Catholics voted for Trump, compared with 44% for Hillary Clinton. And with Biden himself being Catholic, you might expect a change in proportion of Catholic voting. But now this Catholic vote has got a whole lot more interesting. Recently, Pope Francis travelled to Assisi …

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A Poem about a Tree, now destroyed by a hurricane

The Strangler Fig tree. at The Moorings, Islamorada: Were you a harmless, nameless tree, just standing there Motionless and proud, your boughs spread wide, The product of a hundred fruitful summers, Surviving the convulsions of Caribbean hurricanes, Cold fronts and brisk north winds, You might neither notice nor much care about The arrival, perching quietly, of …

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The young will suffer most long- term from the pandemic

“Young people are fuelling the coronavirus.” So suggested the World Health Organisation last month, after youngsters defying distancing rules were blamed for rising infection rates across Europe. In Preston, UK, councillors even urged local youth not to “kill granny”. But the young are not to blame for this pandemic. They are its “forgotten victims”. UK …

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A second version of a poem called “Dawn”

Dawn on an early March morning. The still, silver surface of the sea Merges softly with the morning mist, Confounding the division between earth and sky. A tropical sun peeps above the sea, Likes what it sees, and hurries up, Wreathed in purple, gold and white, Catching the masthead of an anchored yacht Swinging lazily …

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An Epicurean Poem ( about peace of mind)

    Dawn    A still, warm, and breathless tropical night, Before the birds awake and fishes stir. There is no breeze or whisper from the palms, Only a gunmetal gloom and swish of waves Gently shifting seaweed on the sand. I lie on a hammock counting intervals Between the flashing lights of marker buoys, …

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The holocaust was not only about Jewish people

When you read about the Holocaust consideration is mainly given to anti-semitism.  Added is often the information that “millions of others” were also killed. In reality Nazi racism extended to Roma and Sinti people, (Gypsies, as they are otherwise known).  In the former Czechoslovakia 90% of the Roma and Sinti people were murdered, and those …

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Live like we used to before Covid 19?

 British government ministers speak frequently about ”it” and how they are striving to bring “it” back.  But survey by Britain Thinks found that only 12% of people want to live their lives “exactly as ‘it’ was before” the advent of Covid 19. Only  6% of Britons want the same type of economy as they had …

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Population : the global crash

The world is ill-prepared for the coming global crash in children being born.  Falling fertility rates mean nearly every country could have shrinking populations by the end of the century.   23 nations – including Spain and Japan – are expected to see their populations halve by 2100. and there will be as many people turning 80 …

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