Thursday, January 28, 2021

Michael McManus

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Lessons from Ancient Greece that we can still learn

THE Peloponnesian War from 431 to 404 BC still has many lessons. Two Greek superpowers, Athens and Sparta, spent 27 years in and out...

Don’t just sit there, make something!

‘I WISH I were a common labourer; that, wakening in the morning, I might have one prospect, one pursuit, one hope for the day...

Arabs and Africans were slave traders too

ON March 8, 1661, Samuel Pepys spent a London afternoon drinking with a group of sea captains in the Fleece Tavern. He heard first...

Plague Diary: Samuel Pepys and the Great Sicknesse

With an eerie resonance to the current crisis, these extracts are from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, April 1665 to November 1666. SAMUEL Pepys first...

Why Labour should vote for Adam Smith

‘NO society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the number are poor and miserable.’ That’s Adam Smith, the...

The Tate Modern tragedy

THE case of the six-year-old French boy allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern in August has more or less vanished...

Horrid husbands – a user’s guide

IF we had a march proclaiming Husband Pride, my favourite novelist would have offered wicked, subversive and acerbic suggestions on how it might be...

Weak men v monstrous women – ’twas ever thus

DEATH threats and obscene abuse directed at women such as Julie Bindel and Germaine Greer who question the ability of men to make themselves...

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