May Oldie:

In this issue...

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• Corruption in Ukraine: the British connection...

• ‘Always a shadow, never the real thing’ – Gerald Kaufman talks to The Oldie

• Paxo called to task

• Why are phone calls such a pain these days?

Plus: What is joint enterprise? (p17); men in skirts (p27); a cuckoo in the nest (p38); Pompeii’s a dump (p40); The Ian Mikardo High School (p 28); the mysteries of compound interest; grumpy old men (pp19 and 55) and more...

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 Corruption in Ukraine: the British connection...

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Campaigners allege that British companies are widely used to facilitate the wholesale corruption that pervades Ukraine. Andrew Hosken reports on page 12.


‘Always a shadow, never the real thing’ – Gerald Kaufman talks to The Oldie

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Why didn’t Blair put him in government in 1997? ‘Tony was a very ruthless person, that was one of his qualities. As far as he was concerned, I was too old.’ Page 42.

L Ron Hubbard was mad – but he was shrewd enough to turn his fad into a religion

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He also used his bogus doctorate degree to obtain nembutal prescriptions ‘for horticultural purposes’ despite being against drugs, writes Peter Smith, who met him in the Sixties: page 44.

   

 

Paxo called to task

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The boot is on the other foot as sneery Jeremy Paxman is censured by a reader for his execrable pronunciation of ‘thesaurus’ and ‘preface’: Pedants’ Revolt, page 49.

Why are phone calls such a pain these days?

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Our resident techie explains why the quality of phone calls is worse now than it was 20 years ago. ‘We are witnessing the slow death of telephone landlines,’ he says on page 37.

 

Plus: What is joint enterprise? (p17); men in skirts (p27); a cuckoo in the nest (p38); Pompeii’s a dump (p40); The Ian Mikardo High School (p 28); the mysteries of compound interest; grumpy old men (pp19 and 55) and more...


 Oldie of the Year Awards: winners announced 

Click here for a report of the day.

 
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