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Jack P Taylor's Political and Historical Curiosities

Jan 22, 2018

REGULATION (EU) No 1151/2012 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs - is an incredibly curious piece of legislation.

The Dave Law, as I call it, looks to protect producers of quality food stuffs and consumers of them - making sure...


Dec 25, 2017

Merry christmas everyone!

A fiendishly difficult christmas quiz for you all based on my past episodes - anything better than 50% and you deserve to be on Santa's good list.

Let us know how you got on, and of course have a wonderful Christmas!


Dec 7, 2017

Please don't think I have an obsession with sewers.

In this episode I look at work of Bazalgette, the former Chief Engineer of the London Metropolitan Board of Works, a man who â€śprobably did more good, and saved more lives, than any single Victorian public official”.

Bazalgette probably may claim more credit for...


Oct 15, 2017

You may not have heard of Ignaz Semmelweis. 

Yet along with Louis Pasteur and Alexander Fleming he should be seen as one of the most important men in medical history. 

Semmelweis reduced maternal mortality in his clinic by 85%. It was no fluke however as he reproduced the results in another clinic.

Yet his ideas were...


Sep 24, 2017

A good domain can be key to any business and in the porn business they don't come much better than sex.com.

One man, Gary Kremen, realised this early on and registered the site for a bargain $100. It would eventually cost him millions in legal fees as an extraordinary conman named Stephen Cohen would blatantly steal the...