Lee Kuan Yew and Margaret Thatcher

An amazing parallel runs through the political careers of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of the Republic of Singapore, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister. Both began their political career at the same time and stepped down as prime minister on the same day. Both laid down their office on November […]

Barack Obama, Billy Collins, Rita Dove and poetry

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/all/modules/swftools/shared/flash_media_player/player5x2.swf I love Barack Obama and Billy Collins. They are both here in this video showing the White House Evening of Poetry. Collins comes on last – around the 35th minute of this video. Rita Dove is the first to read a poem after Obama gets out of the way. You can read here what […]

Gold ain’t what it was in Goldfinger

Gold is no longer what it used to be when Ian Fleming wrote Goldfinger or Sean Connery starred in the film with Honor Blackman playing Pussy Galore in 1964. Consider the plot: Goldfinger plans to steal the gold in Fort Knox. What's at stake is the entire world economy. For Fort Knox contains the American […]