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The Robert Fripp String Quintet – Chromatic Fantasy in D Minor, Blockhead, Hope


The Robert Fripp String Quintet – Chromatic Fantasy in D Minor, Blockhead, Hope

Malcolm D B Munro
Saturday 16 February, 2019

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Louis Marchand – Pièces de clavecin Livre I, Chaconne, Skip Sempé, clavecin


Louis Marchand – Pièces de clavecin Livre I, Chaconne, Skip Sempé, clavecin

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 10 February, 2019

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Endless Melancholy – Fragments Of Scattered Whispers


Endless Melancholy – Fragments Of Scattered Whispers

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Eric Johnson – Cliffs Of Dover


Eric Johnson – Cliffs Of Dover

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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U137 – Watching The Storm


U137 – Watching The Storm

Malcolm D B Munro
Thursday 7 February, 2019

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Отава Ё – Сумецкая


Отава Ё – Сумецкая

Malcolm D B Munro
teusday 5 February, 2019

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Remembering Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a pioneer in population genetics


Remembering Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a pioneer in population genetics

When Cavalli-Sforza began his work he was highly controversial, scoffed and scorned by the Academe, those involved in the field of Paleoanthropology.

Now, what was once regarded as the activity of a charlatan, is pursued with vigour by an army of scientists all over the globe.

Pioneers are seldom celebrated in their lifetime.

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 27 January, 2019

 

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Man Of No Ego – Blinkers Removed


Man Of No Ego – Blinkers Removed

Malcolm D B Munro
Friday 28 December, 2018

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Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41


Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41

USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir — Valery Polyansky
01. Lord, Have Mercy – 00:01
02. Glory Be to the Bather, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit – 02:59
03. O Come, Let Us Worship – 06:34
04. Alleluia – 11:13 05. Glory Be to Thee – 11:50
06. Cherubical Hymn – 15:10
07. Lord, Have Mercy – 24:06
08. The Creed – 25:23
09. The Mercy of Peace – 29:06
10. We Sing Thee – 32:45
11. It Is Meet – 36:54
12. Amen, and with Thy Spirit – 41:37
13. Our Father – 42:56
14. Praise Ye the Lord from the Heavens – 46:29
15. Blessed Be He that Cometh in the Name of the Lord – 48:53

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 9 December, 2018

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The Grocer’s Daughter


The Grocer's Da8ghyer.jpgThe Grocer’s Daughter                                                                                 Limited Edition 1-10
Mixed Media 24 w x 24 h ins.                                                              Copyright the Artist 2018
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Margaret Thatcher is an iconic figure within the pantheon of British prime ministers. Despite the paucity of intellect the quotation suggests, she was responsible for a wholesale dismantling of the Welfare State and much of Britain’s present ills can be laid at the doorstep of the policies she and her ministers implemented.

Among these was privatizing almost all of Britain’s public utilities. The privatization of government held entities was widely copied throughout the world. Until, that is, such a course of action proved to have severe drawbacks, and, based on experience elsewhere, countries late to the game that intended to privatize quickly went cold on the idea.

The basis of the policy is that the state has no business being in business; that businesses run for profit will run such entities much more efficiently than will governments. This has proved, in many, cases, not to be true. There are endless examples. But let’s take railways as one.

As with many utilities, railways require large quantities of investment in order to maintain and expand on their infrastructure. And long range planning to meaningfully allocate such large sums. For a commercial outfit there is no return on capital of such investments and planing into a distant future is beyond the capability of any commercial concersn.

Much of Europe run their railways as governments owned entities and have proved successful at doing so. Privatization of the railways of Britain has arguably been a disaster.

As the basis of this and other policies implemented by that prime minister were contingent on the denial that within society there is the concept of a public good. A further example of the devastating effect that such denial can bring is of affordable housing. Commercial builders have no interest in providing such a facilities and, previous to Thatcher, such housing was provided by local authorities. By starving these authorities of cash provided by Westminster, town and city councils ceased to be able to provide their populace with housting within their boundaries which low wage and unwaged families could afford.

With the denial of the social, as caught in the quote in the work, Britain became, and remains, a much less tolerant and compassionate country. Capital reigns and money comes first. As a result, the country which first implemented the Welfare State has descended into a state where citizens are expected to fend for themselves through bad times and good. The safety net that cushioned the more egregious aspects of Capitalism no longer exists. And Britain is a much more brutal country as a result.

I had in mind to incorporate in the text of the work, “England’s Most Famous Prime Minister.” but decided this was redundant..­

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 21 November, 2018

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