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Jack P Taylor's Political and Historical Curiosities

Nov 26, 2017

Many nations sit on some form of natural resource wealth and, as is their right, they will exploit that wealth. The windfall is often spent nearly as quickly as it is earned with few able to exercise sufficient restraint to save some for a rainy day.

This short-termism is most prevalent in democracies where a dollar...

Nov 19, 2017

The olympics as we know them today are a rather modern phenomenon, peculiarly mixing 'amateur' athletics with a very professionally run programme of events.

The 1904 St. Louis olympics were in every sense amateur. With very few participants generally, and barely any foreign competitors specifically. 

Yet one event, the...

Oct 29, 2017

Xi Jinping has been called many things. The Economist describes him as 'the most powerful man in the world', his own party call him 'the core of the Chinese Communist Party', others a 'closet Maoist'.

Whatever your opinions of him, compared to many world leaders comparatively little is known of his background. 

In this...

Oct 2, 2017

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

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...

Apr 16, 2017

No. 10 Downing Street, and the rest of the street actually, are today's topic. I'll cover:

Why Downing Street is famous,

How Downing Street was built,

Who built Downing Street and why,

Cocks and the Germans,

Sir Robert Walpole's contribution,

How No. 10 was a merger of various houses

How PMs have used 10 Downing...