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The adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam

There’s a line in this song which sums up Australians: ‘From the land that thinks the whole world’s out to get them.’ LOL.

He died today, the briefly seen colossus who bestrode Australia – beauty, bonza cobber – and those were the days I was down there, in the middle of it. Politically exciting if you were a young chap with a Labour inclination, which I was at the time.

If you want the actual bio, The Age will do for starters. The lengthier version, for students of political history and the history of nations, is in the five vids below – worth a look. I’ll summarize below that:

These were heady times – we went to all the demonstrations in Melbourne, including the restaurant Kerr attended by the Yarra River. The whole nation was up in arms and the mood was ugly. I think the reason I was pushed towards Labour was having had socialist teachers – how on earth do those people get their sincecures?…

Christopher Wren

Still on the sailing theme:

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SUBTUS CONDITUR HUIUS ECCLESIÆ ET VRBIS CONDITOR CHRISTOPHORUS WREN, QUI VIXIT ANNOS ULTRA NONAGINTA, NON SIBI SED BONO PUBLICO. LECTOR SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE Obijt XXV Feb: An°: MDCCXXIII Æt: XCI.

which translates from Latin as:[12]

Here in its foundations lies the architect of this church and city, Christopher Wren, who lived beyond ninety years, not for his own profit but for the public good. Reader, if you seek his monument – look around you. Died 25 Feb. 1723, age 91.

His obituary was published in the Post Boy No. 5244 London 2 March 1723:[13]

Sir Christopher Wren who died on Monday last in the 91st year of his age, was the only son of
Dr. Chr. Wren, Dean of Windsor & Wolverhampton, Registar of the Garter, younger brother of Dr. Mathew(sic)
Wren Ld Bp of Ely, a branch of the ancient family of Wrens of Binchester in the Bishoprick [sic] of Durham
1653.

Legitimate businessmen, part four

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Mummy, Daddy, what does money laundering mean?

Well darling, it can mean many things but the idea is to make money without anyone knowing you have.

But that could mean anything.

Yes darling, the most elaborates schemes have been devised.  Trouble is, what smells of laundering might not actually be laundering, if the government of the land says it’s not.

Oh like those American banks which were bankrupt but the regulator said they weren’t and billions of people’s money was given to them as a present?

Not unlike that. Solvent is a word which means whatever those in charge want it to mean. Like insider trading, market manipulation and market rigging.

Well, can you give an example?

Hmmm.  Well, there is a very nice man called Jesse and he runs a financial website and this is what he recently wrote:

Despite sincere efforts by some, the regulators have managed their public awareness responsibilities somewhat awkwardly to say the least.

Stirling Moss 85 today

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I was reminded today of the birthday, his 85th, of Stirling Moss, I was fortunate being of a certain age enough to see Stirling in action whilst still young what I saw left a memory of the greatest driver this country has produced.

If you are someone who wants multiple world championships to back up a claim like that, then I can’t oblige, I make that statement on what I saw what he could do with a car that was so much better than his contemporaries.

No one can claim that XY or Z is the best of all time in any sport as there are to many variables to consider, but I never saw the equal of Moss, he is the only driver I have ever seen who could take yards out of a rival actually going round a corner, not into it, not on exit but sheer cornering speed in often inferior machinery I have never seen anyone capable of that on that scale.…