Denial-on-Thames/ sur-Seine

“…a quarrel in a faraway country, of whose people we know nothing” This was Neville Chamberlain’s famous defence of his agreement achieved in his meetings with ‘Herr Hitler’, which sealed the fate of Czechoslovakia – the said faraway country. The world has supposedly gotten much smaller in the intervening seventy-plus years, and most Englishmen have visited European countries, some as […]

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Construction un-bust

The headlines have been screaming that the Israeli economy is in recession — as if anyone needed to be told that. The reason why this is a news item is because the data for GDP growth in the first quarter of 2009 (published on 17/5) showed, to no-one’s surprise, that this key measure of economic activity shrank at an annualised […]

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Coupling

 Will Asia decouple? Will Europe recouple? Can Canada uncouple? These are the kind of subjects that financial analysts are hot about currently. But don’t get excited – it’s not what your dirty mind is thinking. In fact, it’s about as far removed from sex as you can get. There’s no passion and certainly no emotion in any of it, although […]

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