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About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts

The meaning of words and statements

The saying “There are  three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics …” has been around for a long time. For the purposes of this post I looked it up on the internet and it seems that nobody really knows who or where it originated – apparently Mark Twain, who was [...]

March 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

Stark food for thought on the radio

Shortly before I rose from my bed overnight I was listening to the Stephen Nolan Show (2200 hours to 0100 hours) on Radio Five Live leading up to 1.00am. He was interviewing a gentleman whose name I did not catch and may (or may not) have been a Kiwi but – as far as I could tell from the [...]

February 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

Coming home to roost?

Overnight – in my terms at least, given my standard waking schedule involves me going to bed at 8.00pm and getting up for my day shift somewhere between midnight and 1.30am – the big “breaking” news has been centred around the massive row developing between the EU and Britain over the [...]

January 30, 2021 // 0 Comments

Facing the facts

It fascinates me how the human race always presumes in the present that life as it is will never change and yet simultaneously also manages to embrace the new – technology, fashion, media obsessions, medical breakthroughs et al. – as it comes along with varying degrees of enthusiasm ranging [...]

October 12, 2020 // 0 Comments

Trump/Biden Documentaries on PBS and Roy Cohn

Two documentaries on PBS on the candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump – and after that Joe McCarthy – were very informative. There is a link between Joe McCarthy and Donald Trump and he is Roy Cohn. Cohn was an up and coming attorney aged 26 when appointed, ahead of Robert Kennedy, [...]

October 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Plenty of hot air but still going nowhere fast

These are indeed strange times. Over the past seven months one doesn’t need have to travelled too far down the avenue of degrees of cynicism to have gained the impression that the world has taken leave of its senses and that every principle of the human condition – and quite possibly also [...]

June 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Yesterday was a Thursday (I think)

Yesterday – just another in lockdown, albeit with a variation supplied by the inclement weather – gave me the opportunity for a touch of rumination on the future and life after the coronavirus crisis, if and when there is some. Over these past few weeks not a few I have spoken to have [...]

May 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

The pressure ramps up

We may all be going a bit nuts at the moment this far into the lockdown but – when I rose for my day-shift this morning and fired up my computer – it seemed as if somehow in the period between 8.45pm last night and the present the world had suddenly shot forward about four days, such [...]

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

From a frown to a smile

For my sins, I tuned into Dominic Raab’s press conference yesterday shortly after 5.00pm on BBC1. The charade goes on. He spouts meaningless politico-speak guff, over-rehearsed and as if on auto-pilot. Yet the hounds of Fleet Street still do likewise. They’re after a “story for [...]

April 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

Situation Report: could do better

Apart from trying to do to some PT (as we used to call it) in a pair of 1980s leotards and leg-warmers – plus an old Jane Fonda JVC video that of course I cannot play because nobody has a video-record/player these days – that I found in the corner of one of my wardrobes, my biggest [...]

April 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

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