Author Archives: firstandsecondlaw

Financialisation

Book Review: Other People’s Money, by John Kay I picked this up a while ago from the book-swap shelf at work; several years ago I’d read the author’s The Truth About Markets, so I thought this would be worth a … Continue reading

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Wait till they get to the bit about ‘Peace on Earth’ then let ’em have it

Book Review: Giles’s War – Cartoons 1939-45, edited by Tim Benson I think I first became aware of Carl Giles when I received this Christmas card from my Grandmother, which from the catalog must have been around 1980. When I … Continue reading

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To George from Ann, with all my love

Book Review: The man who was George Smiley – The life of John Bingham, by Michael Jago As a John le CarrĂ© fan, this was an instant selection from the work book sale, though I felt the title seemed familiar … Continue reading

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One death is a tragedy …

Earlier this week I went to see The Death of Stalin at Reading Film Theatre. I’d seen posters on the Tube a couple of months ago, which had seemed to build quite a high level of expectation. Could Armando Iannucci’s … Continue reading

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It’s the cloud, stupid

Book Review: AWS Lambda in Action, by Danilo Poccia At work we do regard Amazon as a cloud services provider with a sideline of a bookstore. There’s a push at work to adopt cloud services in general, including where appropriate … Continue reading

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Moomindulwich

On Saturday we headed out to Dulwich Picture Gallery for their Tove Jansson exhibition. Although it’s a relatively small exhibition space, sometimes I think they squeeze a lot into it, but not so much this time. There are plenty of … Continue reading

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How grim is it up North?

On Thursday we went to Reading Film Theatre to see God’s Own Country. If, in Cartman’s immortal words, American independent cinema is all about gay cowboys, then is British independent cinema about gay sheep farmers? I enjoyed the film, but … Continue reading

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