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A friend of mine emailed me this week to say that it was 10 years since he gave up smoking.  Unfortunately for him he should have given up about 20…
Boomers: France Given its culture of low levels of credit and the predominance of fixed-rate mortgages, it would be natural to assume that house prices in the Republic evolve slowly.…

There are three dimensions - not two!

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Harry Flashman
If you ever see a secondhand book on photography - buy it!  Sure it will have chapters on color photography as something ‘new’ and also home developing B&W pix in…

Wrong messages

Friday, 04 November 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 44 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, One of the chaps at work I look on as a friend, as he’s from the UK like me.  We used to laugh and joke together and we…

“Sugar” - have you got it already?

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
“Sugar Diabetes” is a serious ailment, which can arise for many reasons, and can affect many systems in the human body.  Diabetes, often just called “sugar” by many people, is…
When it comes to investment, one obvious place to put money is in bricks and mortar. Despite the global financial crisis (GFC), house prices have continued to rise in some…

Where did we put the instruction manual?

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Harry Flashman
Taking photographs is so easy these days that you don’t need an instruction manual any more.  That is correct for 95 percent of the time, but not 100 percent of…

How much dowry?

Friday, 04 November 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 44 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, My Thai GF and I get on just fine.  We’ve known each other for 18 months, and every time I come over which is usually a couple of…

Hooray! The wheel has been invented!

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
I came across an “interesting” article this week, where it was claimed that researchers at the University of Zurich have for the first time broken down the effects of leading…
When localizing the global economy to nation-state level, there is understandably often a clear link with a country’s history. Despite its modernization, Thailand has such a link, which to a…

Better Digital Photography

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Harry Flashman
There is an unfortunate concept that today’s electronic digital cameras will always provide you with great images.  And the more pixels, the better.  Unfortunate, because it just isn’t so!

Britannica Go-Go

Friday, 04 November 2011 Issue Vol. XIX No. 44 By Hillary
Dear Hillary, This week I visited my favorite chrome pole palace and my eyes almost popped out.  She was not your average dancer, she was in a class of her…

Prostate Cancer - and the PSA

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honestly, never a week goes by without some male asking me about the PSA test, and in many instances knowing exactly their PSA numbers have been for the past 10…
Back in March, Russia’s authorisation of its armed forces to be used in Ukraine brought about widespread condemnation, particularly from the EU1 and the US2. Before the Crimean crisis broke…

How to take better group photographs

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Harry Flashman
Along with the advent of “selfies”, we also have the group photos at some event or other with a row of people all holding their thumbs up.  No longer does…
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