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WeekWatch – ‘Lockdown measures due to be relaxed’ May 2020

In 1988, Durham Chess Club saw two teenagers compete for the Championship title. The match saw Michael Ayton defeat his opponent – a young Dominic Cummings. It’s unsurprising that Cummings, who masterminded the Vote Leave and 2019 General Election campaigns, is a chess player. He has

WeekWatch – ‘Nothing shows you up like a crisis’ May 2020

Nothing shows you up like a crisis. In the early days and weeks of the virus outbreak, the majority of governments worldwide enjoyed a surge of popular support, as the sense of needing to rally behind leaders benefited incumbent politicians. The UK government became the most

WeekWatch 04/05/2020

“Baseball,” said Leo ‘The Lip’ Durocher, one of the greatest managers in the history of the game, “is like church. Many attend, but few understand.” These days, however, few even attend. Taiwan’s government, which has done an exceptional job of suppressing the spread of the virus,

WeekWatch 27/04/2020

Lockdown's multiple social implications continued to be felt in earnest last week. On Thursday, Turks should have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Turkey's parliament. The very same day, the English should have been celebrating both the birth of William Shakespeare and

WeekWatch 20/04/2020

Cometh the hour, cometh the man? In April 2009, as the global financial crisis was pushing the world economy into freefall, G20 leaders met in London. “None of us has a plan,” said Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. “Gordon has a plan,” replied Barack Obama.

WeekWatch 14/04/2020

The Easter Bunny is considered an essential worker. Last week’s announcement in New Zealand by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would have been greeted with relief by children (and plenty of adults), who were duly delivered some egg-shaped comfort to help them through these dark times. News

WeekWatch 06/04/2020

First, stocks swooned. Then they began to rise again, as governments and central banks unloaded their fiscal and monetary arsenal – the latter reckoned to add up to several trillion dollars in aggregate. Last week, investors experienced a reality check, as a slew of key

WeekWatch 30/03/2020

Fiesole, in the hills above Florence, felt very empty in 1348. As Boccaccio described in The Decameron, this was because the locals had gone into self-isolation to avoid catching and passing on the plague. But his work, in which a group of ten young Fiesole women

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