Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
IP theft .. in the great American tradition

There is currently great hysteria about IP theft  by China. Even reasonably sensible Americans loose all sense of reality on this topic. For example WIRED wrote 11 October 2018″From US companies, Chinese hackers and spies have purloined everything from details of wind turbines and solar panels to computer chips and even DuPont’s patented formula for the color white. “ You cannot steal a patented formula !! You can only  infringe it. The purpose of patents was to spread knowledge around the…

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An evening with Bill Bryson – 25 October 2018

Spent this evening listening to Bill Bryson at the London Library. The London Library is an august institution founded in St James’ Square London  and has associations with many great British writers whose ghosts are seen happily strolling along its arcane alleyways, browsing along the shelves, brimming with delight when their books are NOT on the shelves because they have been taken out to be read! Bill gave an enchanting talk about how he came to England (note specifically England…

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Black Unity as a path to de-politicisation and self destruction

One often hears the call for Black Unity and underlying many platforms is a belief that together we are strong. People will recall days of civil rights struggle and the apartheid struggle as evidence. This is an example of selective memory and dangerous pseudo politics in so far as it substitutes ‘feel good ‘ factors for real political analysis. Our first step is to understand that Black and African political struggles  are NO DIFFERENT  from any other. Western academia’s…

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Carnival – Notting Hill 27 August 2018 – under appreciated contributions

Carnival in the summer in  Notting Hill is an annual fixture. It has been an event attracting visitors from all over Europe. It is a joyous celebration of Caribbean spirit. Quite fabulous costumes (Fig 1 -2 ) are on display as are sounds systems blaring calypso, reggae and other Caribbean music. There is an important  political  issue here – the amount of foreign earnings  arising from the music produced by those of Caribbean descent in UK and the failure…

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welcome to March 2018 issue

    With this new issue we welcome Dr Wesley Morris to our editorial board. A proper introduction will be presented later. It is a clear core focus of this issue  how Western academic and literary  establishments deal with data, factual data, about Africa. Many Western authors appear to openly invite criticism on the basis of prejudice. Their  strident offensiveness appears to seek such a response so clearly they are prepared for this. What they appear not to expect…

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Gallery opening – Royal Photographic Society

An interesting evening at Royal Photographic Society  International Photography Exhibition 160 awards   1 March. Because of the weather we are fewer people than normal but it was fun.  These photographs were enticing and captured the imagination. Each series  spoke to some emotional story and conveyed the extra-odinary power of simple photographs. Nothing fancy nothing photoshopped, just demonstrating the power of seeing. Many of those who attended lived nearby and were unlike myself and a few others not members of…

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Shami Chakrabarti & On Women

Went to a Prospect Book Club Event (Monday 19 Feb 18) –  Shami Chakrabarti was speaking about her  views on feminism et al  as part of her book launch of her book ‘On Women’. I have always found Chakrabarti to be a earnest and well meaning lady. She runs on her judgement and sense of fairness  rather than any deep analytic thought. In many ways she arrives at admirable positions: that the rights of women should not be seen…

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Ferrari Exhibition – Design Museum, London

Off to Ferrari Exhibition with my son at the Design Museum (3 Feb 18)  … This is a rather stunning exhibition which traces the history of Enzo Ferrari’s life and works with exhibits from many different periods. Its  a pity that the history provided is  so strongly ‘purified’ as the omitted incidents (Note 1)  would have added flesh to the legend. For example, not a word is mention about how Mussolini forced the company to produce machine parts during…

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Trump, New York Times & Dean Baquet – the missing interview

A well known rule that most journalists seek to comply with  is that the journalist should not become the story or part of the story. However should there not sometimes in exceptional circumstances be an exception? I am thinking of Trump comments about ‘s****hole countries’ and the implication that people from such countries including Haiti have nothing to offer US. As some will know Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, is of Haitian parentage. Would it…

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Tim Ogunlesi’s wedding 29-30 Sep17

My good friend Folabi Ogunlesi was holding the wedding of his son Tim in London with his brother Bayo Ogunlesi as guest of honour. (Note 1)Tim is a wonderful young man and the wedding was an exhilirating affair. I have not before  seen a bride actually jumping for joy… and well she might! Weddings for Nigerians are special occasions but here we had a Nigerian- Scottish affair. The ‘Engagement’ , held at the magnificent  Dutch Hall, Austin Friars in…

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