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WeekWatch (25/11/2019)

In 1789 French parliamentarians attending their National Assembly gravitated to one side or other of the Assembly President; those who sat to his right sought to defend the king  and the established hierarchy; those to his left supported the French Revolution and further reform. Over

WeekWatch (18/11/2019)

Back in 2004, Blockbuster Video boasted 9,000 stores worldwide. Today, a single franchise in Bend, Oregon is all that remains. As the company’s longstanding advertising jingle had it

WeekWatch (11/11/2019)

“Deal or no deal?” was the question on investors’ minds this week, as they waited for confirmation that two leaders had finally agreed a way out of the deadlock that has weighed on the global economy for nearly 18 months. Brexit? No. These days, all eyes

WeekWatch (04/11/2019)

The late Gianni Agnelli was the richest man in modern Italian history and a style icon to boot. The grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, founder of Fiat, Gianni himself took the helm of the Italian car manufacturer in 1966, and thus controlled 4.4% of Italian GDP.

WeekWatch (28/10/2019)

Emperor Jimmu is said to have taken his place on the Chrysanthemum Throne as Japan’s first emperor back in 660 BC – well, give or take. Last week, amid the excitement of the Rugby World Cup, the 126th emperor formally proclaimed his own ascension to the throne. In

WeekWatch (21/10/2019)

The constitutional set-up of the British Isles can be more than a little confusing, even for the British and the Irish, but it is hard to remember a time it has felt so relevant. Over the weekend, the status of Northern Ireland once again helped

WeekWatch (14/10/2019)

You wait years for a new marathon milestone; then two come along at once. On the same weekend that Eliud Kipchoge broke two hours at marathon distance in Vienna, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s marathon best in Chicago, finally breaking Paula Radcliffe’s record, which

WeekWatch (07/10/2019)

The IAAF World Athletics Championships and Rugby World Cup might have been in full swing but, in terms of attendees at least, they looked like sideshows last week beside the 70th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Republic of China. One hundred thousand civilians on floats processed past

WeekWatch (30/09/2019)

In the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the 11 judges of the UK’s highest judicial body unanimously ruled Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament unlawful. Back in the Commons on Wednesday evening, debate between MPs was bitter and emotional as the Brexit saga reached an altogether different

WeekWatch (26/08/2019)

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" So opened Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, with a line that could all too easily be applied to 'the European family' just now - and this, despite evidence that support for the EU among

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